Allison Sutton


BMRC Program Manager

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Allison is the Program Manager for the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. Her work is centered around the education component of the BMRC's strategic plan.

  • Overseeing educational programs, primarily the Archie Motley Internship Program, the Summer Short-term Fellows Program, and the Archival Gems Workshop for middle and high school history teachers.
  • Providing general assistance and information about member institutions’ holdings and services, making appropriate referrals as needed.
  • Manages communications - newsletters and social media
  • Works with the Executive Director to ensure operational management.
  • Primary caretaker of the BMRC’s official records.

Education & Experiences:

Allison holds a Master's in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor's of Arts degree in psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She was awarded a Spectrum Scholarship from the American Library Association and was in the first cohort of graduate students selected to receive a diversity scholarship (currently titled the Kaleidoscope Program) from the Association of Research Libraries. Allison was also a 2007-08 ARL Leadership & Career Development Fellow. In 2009 Allison was selected as the Donald C. Gallop Fellow in American Literature by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Most recently, Allison worked at Loyola University New Orleans as a member of the Student Success Center team. She has previously worked in the Camille Stivers Shade Black Heritage Collection at Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA, and interned with the Felix J. Dreyfous Library of the New Orleans Museum of Art and with the Smithsonian's Museum of American History. Allison spent nearly a decade as the Psychology & Social Work Subject Specialist Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.