New Member Profile – Julie Bramman
Hi! I’m Julie Bramman and I’m the librarian for NCTI/AMR, a network of paramedic colleges operating around the country. I provide reference service by email and train students to use the electronic resources provided through our subscription to LIRN. I completed my MLS from Emporia in December 2008. Additionally, I work full time as a school secretary at Cascade Locks Elementary.
Prior to this, I worked as librarian at Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow. Being a federal librarian was a fantastic experience, one I highly recommend! I worked with people of all ages and rank–I even helped the Base Colonel sign up for a Transparent Languages account on his iPad. Military families live a mobile lifestyle, so I emphasized electronic resources provided through the Marine Corps Library Program and Navy Knowledge Online and became a convert myself–I now prefer to read on a Kindle rather than hold a heavy book.
Last spring I volunteered for Battle of the Books–I was so impressed by the dedication of the high school teams! Because I had a long list of books to read in preparation, I used the experience to teach myself how to obtain resources through apps from Blio, OverDrive, OneClick, and 3M Cloud Library from Multnomah, Hood River, and Ft. Vancouver library systems. In August I began studying Spanish using the Pimsleur language program, LiveMocha, podcasts, and games. As a child I used the library to explore the world and I love that I can still find so much content that inspires and challenges me as an adult.
In my spare time I take discards and create new items from the contents–whether it’s a journal, or gift tags, greeting cards, or gift bows using the beautiful, funny, or quirky illustrations inside. I have taught two sessions on gift tag construction at Holgate and Rockwood libraries and volunteered at Rockwood for nearly two years prior to attending grad school.
I joined OLA because I wanted to support an organization whose information I value and trust. I am connected to and inspired by what’s happening in libraries around the state through information provided by the OLA Hotline and website.