Reading is Magic!

Julie is an Information Specialist in Ellensburg, Washington. She graduated from the School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, (Colorado Cohort), with a Masters Degree in Library Science (MLS) and a Graduate Certificate in Archives. This blog was part of her independent study, in which she focused on Copyright Law pertaining to art work, guided history reading, and the study of educational outreach via social networking mechanisms such as blogs.

In addition to medieval history and embroidery, her interests include: music, guitar, piano, herbology, astronomy, and spending time with her husband, cats,and dogs.

Julie Carmen – Archivist, Librarian, Information Specialist, and Accidental Fiber Artist!

New Medieval Art is just what it implies; a new art medium applied to an original Medieval art! This blog has been designed as a way for artists and historians to come together and learn about existing medieval manuscripts.

Throughout this blog is information pertaining to my ongoing project: The Medieval Screen. Under the History page, learn about the history of this project, and how it has been created.

Because of technology today, we have an opportunity to share our travels with each other to countries which medieval manuscripts are found. To share with each other our encounters of medieval manuscripts or their facsimiles will help each of us locate and learn about these treasures, and perhaps inspire some of us to create new art from the beautiful images.

This blog is designed for those of us who wish to know where medieval manuscripts are located, where their facsimiles can be found, and to learn what artists are doing to re-capture the art of our past.

My hope is that this focus on medieval art will influence others to do similar artistic projects, and share their work with us here. It will be very interesting to see different art mediums such as: stained glass, tapestries, painting on canvas, wood carvings, or ceramic mosaics of the images from existing medieval manuscripts, for example.

I hope this blog will reach out to historians and artisans that have the same passion for medieval art, as well as to learn from each other by sharing the history that each manuscript represents.

I look forward to seeing your projects and learning of others inspired by historical images. – Julie.

Laid work is my specialty, but I also like to:

Celebrate music

Spoil cats and dogs


Star and Planet observation

Past Experiences

Assistant Professor – Research Librarian at Brooks Library, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington.

(2016 – 2020)

Working closely with Associate Dean, Dean of Libraries, and Faculty Chair to discuss research findings and projects relevant to research and grants; identified and disseminated internal and external information about funding opportunities for the library; Provided assistance with grant proposals and budget development and preparation where needed; Sought additional resources in support of library goals.

Assistant Professor – Head of Cataloging & Digital Initiatives at Brooks Library, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington
(2014 – 2016)

Responsible for the overall organization of combining Cataloging Department with a new Digital Initiatives Department which included;

Working with staff and faculty in setting the unit’s procedures and strategic plan; supervised cataloging and digital programs; Completed original cataloging and classification of books and other library materials in the OCLC system and the library catalog, using Ex Libris-Alma; Performed maintenance of catalog and authority files, managed many bibliographic records, and supervised others who also catalog. Tools used to process cataloging included: Classification Web, RDAToolKit, Library of Congress Catalog, Cutter Table, and Subject Headings; Created original master records within OCLC, exported records into Alma, and added holdings or portfolios depending on item type. 

Worked closely with campus archivist to establish procedures for materials from the Archives and Special Collections. Materials included planetary globes, relief globe, relief map, city maps, professional posters, Government Publications, electronic theses, special collections including archival materials, DVDs, and new purchase monographs; Responsible in reporting statistical line items and entering those line items into Brook Stats monthly.
Managed project workflows for digital collections, faculty work profiles, and electronic graduate theses submission; Trained staff including student employees to digitize or scan theses using Adobe Pro software and open-book scanner, quality checked procedures using Excel spreadsheets to track projects.  Ensured the preservation and integrity of Archives digital material and collections, trained staff on using archival boxes and acid-free tissue paper to help protect newspapers and theses; Maintained budget within the department, ordering supplies and equipment, server space, as needed. Responsible for providing reports and statistical data on activities of the Cataloging and Digital Initiatives department which included developing usability studies related to digital collections and access. For the management of digital repository I uploaded theses and research papers onto ScholarWorks, worked closely with Graduate Studies on protocols and procedures for uploads, embargos, and quality check. Worked with local symposium materials for the Symposium of University Research & Creative Expression (SOURCE) to upload conference proceedings, edited ScholarWorks wiki for staff use, and was point of contact for Organizational Effectiveness, College of Business, and copyright needs within the Brooks Library in relationship to the Digital Commons institutional repository.  Effective January1, 2016, these digital repository duties were assigned to incoming Scholarly Communications Librarian.  Created original records for born-digital theses within OCLC and Alma cataloging systems; Served on average of 2 hours a week for reference services within the Academic Research Commons (ARC) within Brooks Library. In addition to answering reference questions, logged onto chat system for the Washington State Ask a Librarian program, to answer any questions posted by CWU students; Assisted in teaching various classes the library’s UNIV101 in which I taught information literacy to first year students; Served as liaison for several departments including: College of Business, Economics, Physics, and World Languages. Attended faculty meetings, attended some of their classes to teach information literacy, as well as worked closely with each department on collection development needs for their area of study. Also gave tours of the library for Summer Orientation, and consulted with Film students to develop information videos for a local non-profit organization; Continued to serve on library, campus, and community committees to help fund-raise, network, inform, and raise awareness.  Served on several library committees including cataloging, reference, library events, ScholarWorks, and Library Council; Library events Committee kept me busy year round to provide services to students, campus, and community. I served on a regional archival journal editorial board, and also worked to create other non-profit organizations on campus and the community as they are deemed needed; I consistently researched, wrote, presented on scholarly projects such as cataloging, archival projects, book reviews, and medieval tapestry history.

Research Librarian at Center for Oil Shale Technology & Research, Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado
(2009 – 2014)
Managed the special collections within the Tell Ertl Oil Shale Repository (TEOSR).; served as library liaison to the Center for Oil Shale Technology and Research (COSTAR); Offered reference to CSM faculty, staff, students, and oil shale researches worldwide; Supervised and trained student employees in digitization standards, re-housing and preservation standards, and inventory of rare map collections; Served on several library committees including cataloging, reference, assessment, and student welcoming events; Developed a strategic plan for the Tell Ertl Oil Shale Repository, including policies, procedures, and training instructions for internal projects; Collaborated with Systems Librarian and Cataloging Committee to develop workflows and standards for the oil shale digital initiative; Collaborated with Legal Services and Director of COSTAR to design a Non-Exclusive, Royalty-Free form for copyright initiative to digitize missing holes in oil shale research, making them open accessible via the COSTAR website, library database, and other resources; Researched, located, and requested permissions to digitize from copyright holders; Managed confidential and copyright issues within special collections; Created metadata for digital objects on Fedora Commons open source digital repository within the template designed in the repository; Created metadata for DigiTOOL digital repository utilizing XML Editor and Notepad; Facilitated quality control for all digitized objects; Cataloged on specialized Voyager database, including adaptive and original cataloging in all formats, such as print, physical non-print, electronic materials, digital and archival items; Provided educational outreach at annual Oil Shale Symposium hosted by CSM by presenting professional posters, presentations, and papers about the oil shale repository, COSTAR, and the history of the oil shale industry; Obtained monetary gifts for the oil shale repository for digitization of rare Beta tape film, an educational display, and archival supplies.

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