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Alison Reppert Gerber

Smithsonian Libraries & Archives
Preservation Coordinator
Damascus, MD
As the Preservation Coordinator for the Smithsonian Libraries & Archives (SLA), Alison oversees all preservation-related activities, which include collection need and risk assessment, preventive conservation tasks, budgeting and procurement, and long-term preservation strategies and initiatives for the Archives. Since coming to the Archives in 2015, Alison has led a pan-institutional audiovisual survey and preservation readiness assessment that was completed in 2019, and is now developing the Audiovisual Media Preservation Initiative (AVMPI) to support audiovisual preservation across the Smithsonian. Prior to coming to SLA, Alison was a conservation technician for the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and then the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Alison received her bachelor’s degree in Art History, with minors in Chemistry and Religious Studies, from Seton Hill University in 2009, and went on to receive her master’s degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2014.