BMRC Program Manager
Allison is the Program Manager/Archivist for the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. Her work is centered around the education component of the BMRC's strategic plan.
- Overseeing both the Archie Motley Internship Program and the Summer Short Term Fellows Program
- Connecting with and assisting member institutions, constituent groups and community members to organize and collaborate to provide educational programs and training.
- Providing general assistance and information about member institution’s holdings and services, making appropriate referrals as needed.
- Caretaker of the BMRC’s official records. Responsible for the arrangement and ongoing management of the organizational archives in analog and electronic formats.
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, 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 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.