Bodeene Amyot Cairdeas
Digital and Audiovisual Archivist
Bodeene is responsible for Special Collections’ born-digital collections and AV collections (moving and still image, and audio). Her tasks include acquiring, arranging, describing, preserving, and making accessible new and legacy digitized AV, digital objects, and documenting internal digital workflows. She works closely and collaboratively with Special Collections and Digital Collections staff. Bodeene joined JMU Libraries in 2019, after working as Hub Manager for the Mukurtu community archive in Oregon. Her documentary work is on display at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Oregon Folklife Network, and Deschutes Historical Museum.
Master of Library & Information Science candidate, Louisiana State University
Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies, Louisiana State University, 2022
Digital Archives Specialist certificate, Society of American Archivists, 2020
M.Ed. Montessori Education, University of Hartford, 2018
Information and Library Science certificate, University of Maine, 2015
Documentary Production graduate diploma, Algonquin College, 2010
BA History, Carleton University, 2008
About Academic Engagement
Academic Engagement is a new, public-facing division of the Libraries, under formation now. Departments include Library and Information Services, the Music Library, Research & Education Services, Digital Projects, and Special Collections. These latter two teams are coming together soon as the department of Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections.
About Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections
We partner across JMU and in the surrounding communities to create, collect, steward, and imaginatively share unique collections in a variety of media types. We leverage the latest technologies and best practices in digital scholarship to support the exploration and understanding of our shared cultural heritage. Our expertise includes rare books, manuscripts, archives, digital archives, primary source instruction, preservation, conservation, digitization, digital pedagogy, and digital and immersive projects. The Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections (DSDC) department combines the Digital Projects and Special Collections teams.
About Special Collections
We collect, steward, and preserve materials that document the Central Shenandoah Valley as well as the institutional history of James Madison University. Special Collections also serves as the Libraries’ repository for rare and unique materials. The Preservation office within Special Collections provides book and paper conservation for rare and archival collections as well as book repair for the Libraries’ circulating collections.
Our team works to support teaching and scholarship with primary source materials. We also promote primary source literacy within teaching and learning at JMU and in the wider community of researchers.
Special Collections’ materials and services are available to the public.