Intern Blog: Kali Roy
The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives is fortunate to have undergraduate and graduate students working on a variety of projects including arranging and describing collections, conducting research related to our collections, and many other initiatives. Here is another posting from one of these students, University at Albany graduate student Kali Roy.
My name is Kali Roy and I am a graduate student in the Information Science Program at the University at Albany, SUNY. I also work as a student assistant in the University at Albanyâ€™s M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives. In general, I aid David Mitchell (Curator pro bono of the Miriam Snow Mathes Historical Childrenâ€™s Collection) with collection maintenance. This collection maintenance can involve seemingly mundane tasks such as shelving, searching Minerva and OCLC for copies of books for the collection, and providing preservation housing for the collection artifacts, such as phase boxes, portfolios and enclosures. The reason I use the word seemingly is that while I am in the process of performing these necessary tasks to keep the collection neat, orderly, and significant, I am also gaining knowledge about how a special collections department works, and about how the history of childrenâ€™s literature has evolved over time. This results in giving the tasks a positive complexity with learning that is two fold. Past and present childrenâ€™s literature is one of my all time favorite interests; this job has provided me with great resources for learning about past and present authors, artists, publishers, and stories that continue to inspire those working in the field of childrenâ€™s literature. As a student assistant, I have also learned to be flexible and open to all avenues of learning and experience.
Over the summer of 2006, I was asked to create an exhibit to be displayed in the Department of Special Collections and Archivesâ€™ Foyer for a short time. This resulted in my idea for the â€œSecret Lives of Toys and Their Friendsâ€? exhibit which was on display for about two months this year. This was only one of my great experiences here. I love handling the artifacts themselves, and my favorite part of the job is working in the Preservation Lab where I get to create safe enclosures for the books and/or periodicals and also get to indulge in amazing opportunities like making a book from scratch. I enjoy the varied tasks I am asked to work on and I also enjoy my co workers here in in the Department of Special Collections and Archives. I hope to continue as a student assistant here throughout my entire graduate school tenure.