Alison Clemens is the Access Strategist for Special Collections at Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University. In this inaugural role, Alison identifies, initiates, and implements strategies and projects to provide seamless, meaningful, and ethical access to Yale University Library’s special collections. She was previously Head of Processing at Manuscripts & Archives (MSSA), Yale University, where she managed MSSA’s accessioning and processing program. Alison was previously an archivist at Beinecke Library.
Prior to her time at Yale, Alison built her special collections experience by contributing to achieving the goals of numerous institutions, including The University of Houston, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The Morgan Library & Museum, The Harry Ransom Center, and Denison Library of Scripps College.
She is an MSIS graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information, where she specialized in Archives & Special Collections and completed a Museum Studies Portfolio. Alison is particularly interested in user experience in special collections; literary and historical manuscripts; uniting technical services with front line user services; and the ongoing education, development, and support of special collections librarians.