Name: Taylor Kalloch
Job title: Archives Associate
Location in Library: Lower Level (My door is right next to the vending machines, outside of the small computer lab).
Tell us what you do in 50 words or less:
I collect, organize, preserve, and store archival materials related to the history of Wheelock College. Another major part of my job involves making materials accessible to the Wheelock community and beyond, by describing the materials, answering reference inquiries, and working with researchers who are interested in using the collection.
Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of:
Working with primary sources and doing archival research can be daunting, especially when it is a new experience. I want the Wheelock community to know that archivists don’t just collect and protect the historical records; they also help connect researchers with collections and guide the researcher through the entire process.
What is a typical work day like for you?
Every day is a little different depending on reference inquires, researchers, and what projects I have going on. But in general while the materials in the archives are from the past, the archivist’s job is to be constantly planning for the future. In this vein I spend a good amount of time each day looking forward by answering questions such as: How can we improve how our collections are stored and preserved? How can I describe the collections to ensure they will remain accessible for years to come? What materials do we need to collect now in order to provide a full and balanced picture of Wheelock College for those who are interested in 50 or 100 years from now?
What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection?
I like books entirely too much to have just one favorite so here are a few that commonly make the top of my favorites list:
The entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Never read the series? Start HERE.)
Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel
The Encyclopedia of New England: The Culture and History of an American Region edited by Burt Feintuch and David H. Watters
No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women by Estelle B. Freedman
When I’m not at work, you can find me… baking, cooking, reading, crafting, exercising, making as many trips back to Maine as possible, watching re-runs of TV classics such as M*A*S*H, and relaxing with my three cats.