Kimberly Tarr is the head of the media preservation unit in the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department at New York University Libraries. In this role, she oversees all preservation activities for film, video, and audio held within the special collections units. She supervises operations within the in-house preservation facility and also sets priorities and establishes workflows for the unit. In 2011, she was the recipient of an Institute of Museum and Library Studies-funded fellowship, a national leadership program in preservation administration, at The New York Public Library.
Tarr previously served as the archivist on a multi-year audiovisual archiving project at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History where she inventoried a legacy video collection, managed a pilot digitization project, and provided recommendations on long-term care. She was the recipient of the Association of Moving Image Archivists' Chace Audio scholarship and has secured National Film Preservation Foundation funding to preserve amateur travel films. Tarr received her B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A. in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University. She currently serves as an adjunct instructor in the MIAP graduate program.