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Clemens, Alison

Alison Clemens

Head of Processing
Manuscripts & Archives

I'm a Librarian at Beinecke Library, where I work to ensure seamless, meaningful, and ethical online access to Yale’s special collections. 

I'm particularly interested in literary and historical manuscripts; uniting technical services with front line user services, including through user experience work; and the ongoing education and development of archivists and special collections librarians.


Rare Book & Manuscript Section of the American Library Association
Society of American Archivists


“From Papyri to Penguin” in Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections and Subject Librarian Partnerships. (with Elizabeth Frengel and Colin McCaffrey) Chicago, Illinois: Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, 2016.
Available in Orbis

Born-Digital Access in Archival Repositories: Mapping the Current Landscape Preliminary Report. (with Rachel Appel, Wendy Hagenmaier, and Jessica Meyerson) , 2015.

Review of I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America. Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Newsletter :Winter (2013).

Skills and Services:

Archival processing, ArchivesSpace, Language: French (intermediate), Language: Spanish (intermediate), MARC, Microsoft Office suite, Qualtrics, Sharepoint, Voyager, Web editing, Wordpress