Kalani Adolpho

  • Processing Archivist

  • Special Collections and Archives

Kalani Adolpho (they/them) joined the Special Collections and Archives department in August 2022. As a processing archivist, Adolpho accessions, arranges, and describes archival collections. 

Adolpho previously worked as a processing archivist in Manuscripts & Archives Management at University of Miami Libraries and as a diversity resident librarian in the University Archives at University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an undergraduate, Adolpho worked as an intern in Special Collections at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While completing a master’s in library science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, they worked as an intern in both Special Collections and Digital Collections.

Beyond graduate school, Adolpho has embarked on a significant journey in continuing education in the field, having studied cataloging, managing digital records, web archiving, preservation, metadata and more. 

Adolpho is a member of the ACRL Residency Interest Group (RIG) leadership team, and co-authored the Diversity Residency Toolkit as part of the RIG Subgroup on Diversity Residencies. They co-edited Trans and Gender Diverse Voices in Libraries from Litwin Books, and are a member of the Homosaurus editorial board. Their research interests include diversity residencies; ethical metadata and description for queer, trans and gender diverse, and Indigenous peoples; and trans and gender diverse inclusion in libraries more broadly.

M.L.I.S. with an archival studies concentration, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

B.A. in history, UW-Milwaukee