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Preservation Coordinator

As the Preservation Coordinator for the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives (SLA) in Washington, DC, Alison oversees all preservation-related activities, which include collection need and risk assessment, preventive conservation tasks (such as environmental and pest management), budgeting and procurement, and long-term preservation strategies and initiatives. Since coming to the Archives in 2015, Alison has led a pan-institutional audiovisual survey and an audiovisual preservation readiness assessment for eleven participating Smithsonian units. She is now the Head of the Audiovisual Media Preservation Initiative (AVMPI) to catalog, digitize, and share SI's audiovisual collections. Alison also serves as a member of the Smithsonian's Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergencies (PRICE) team, focusing on logistic-related needs across SI.

Geographic Focus

Background And Education

Education And Training

Awards And Honors


Selected Publications

  • Chapter

    • Reppert Gerber, Alison R. 2022. "Case A: A Pan-Institutional Approach to Audiovisual Collection Inventories." In Inventorying Cultural Heritage Collections: A Guide for Museums and Historical Societies. Vanderwarf, Sandra and Romanowski, Bethany, editors. Washington, DC: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2022
  • Report