Julia Merkel

Preservation Officer, Associate Professor



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Building: Carrier Library
Office: 205
MSC: 1704

Department: Special Collections

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

About me

Special Collections Team Member
Conservation technician
Disaster Recovery collection salvage consultant
Book repair & binding decisions
Music Score binding
Environmental Monitoring
Exhibit design & installation
Artists and movable books subject interests

MFA Painting, James Madison University 1992
BFA Sculpture & Art History, cum laude, University of Notre Dame 1988
Collections Care & Maintenance Certification, University of Missouri 1998
Academy of Certified Archivists, 2006
General Info: Julia Merkel is a professional artist and amateur fiddler. Previous positions include Adjunct Professor, JMU; Instructor, VMI; and Curator of Collections, Madison Art Collection; and adjunct professor for the University of North Texas teaching “Preservation of Library Materials” for the MLIS Virginia Consortium.
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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.