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Columbus Area Library Association (CALA) (MC 249)

Organizational Note

The Columbus Area Library Association, CALA, began operations in 1985.  CALA is dedicated to advancing the interests and services of libraries, information centers, and other library related agencies in the Columbus/Phenix City area.   CALA pursues this goal by presenting programs and participating in activities that promote books, reading, and/or libraries.   These activities enable librarians and media specialists in the area to be informed of local library services, systems and resources

Among the activities CALA has sponsored is a free book appraisal booth at the mall, bookbinding evaluation, and donation of books to charity and needy children.   CALA has also published "The Columbus Book of Lists" and "The Columbus Sports Trivia Book".   CALA awards a yearly LIBRA award to a community librarian who exemplifies outstanding librarianship qualities.   Membership in the organization is open to anyone interested in libraries.

Scope and Content

The CALA Collection consists of one box of folders arranged in alphabetical order by subjects pertaining to the organization and a few miscellaneous objects.

1996-2013                                                                                1 box (1 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Columbus Area Library Association (CALA) must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University.  Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Columbus Area Library Association (CALA) (MC249)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


This collection was donated to Columbus State University Archives by Callie B. McGinness and Carole Burke, members and officers of the organization.  Erma Banks and Dr. Sandra Stratford have subsequently added to the collection.

Box and Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1 – Announcements/Brochures/Newsletter, 2001-2010

Folder 2 – Columbus Sports Memories, 1996

Folder 3 – Committees, 2002-2007

Folder 4 – Correspondence, 2007

Folder 5 – Meeting agendas and Minutes, 1985, 2002 -2011

Folder 6 – Membership Directory and Rosters, 2002-2011

Folder 7 – Officer Memos/emails, 2001-2009

Folder 8 – Photographs, 2008

Folder 9 – Treasurer's Reports, 1985-2009

Folder 10 – CALA Bylaws, 1985-2006

Folder 11 – Executive Committee, 2005-2010

Folder 12 – Libra Awards, 2002-2011

Folder 13 – Library Faculty Status, CSU, 2009

Folder 14 – Meeting Schedules, 2005-2008

Folder 15 – Presidents, 1985-2009

Folder 16 – Sign-in Sheets, 2008-2009

Folder 17 – CALA/ALA Bus Trip, June 2002

Folder 18 – CALA Links/Outside sources, 1994-2002

Folder 19 – Bank Statements, 2001-2006

Folder 20 – Bank Statements, 2007

Folder 21 – Bank Statements, 2008

Folder 22 – Georgia Library Quarterly, 2000, 2005, 2009

Folder 23 – Objects (3)
     1. One blue folder from the Army Library Institute
     2. Two yellow pencils labeled "Libraries Change Lives" Columbus Area Library Association
     3. One organization stamp with name and address