Allison McClanahan is responsible for the management of collections at the Archives of Traditional Music (ATM). Her duties include providing reference service and management of the ATM’s front desk functions as well as technical services such as original cataloging of field, broadcast, and commercial recordings and maintenance of materials inventories. She also conducts tours of the ATM and provides instruction sessions for courses related to the scope of their collections. Her research interests include appropriate representation of indigenous and marginalized groups through cataloging, the cataloging of legacy formats, and the transfer of information and knowledge from collectors and donors to archives and libraries.
Allison is professionally active, serving as the Secretary for the Association of Recorded Sound Collections' Board of Directors, as Vice-President/President-Elect of InULA (Indiana University Librarians’ Association), and on the Music Library Association Publication Awards Committee. Recent presentations include “Crossroads of America(s): A roadmap to musical discovery” with Emma Dederick at the 2017 Music Library Association Annual Meeting (Orlando, FL) and “Putting the data back into metadata: Using collector and donor knowledge to keep materials safe” with Jeannine Roe at the 2017 Association of Recorded Sound Collections Conference (San Antonio, TX).
She received her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University Southeast in 2014, and her Master of Library Science, specializing in music librarianship and archives & records management, from Indiana University Bloomington in 2016.