Portfolio Introduction

PictureMy name is Julie Gaida and I am the Assistant Head of Acquisitions at the University of Texas at Dallas’ McDermott Library. I oversee two Ordering Specialists, order and pay for the Library’s materials, and provide collection development services for the Library’s leisure audiobook collection. I was promoted to this position after nearly ten months working as McDermott Library’s Donations Processor where I rebuilt the donations procedures from scratch.

My journey into librarianship began in the last year of my undergraduate education. I had been considering continuing my education in the field of criminology with a graduate degree, and I was in my first graduate-level criminology course to test the waters when I decided that I was more interested in helping others perform academic research. I immediately signed up for a library instruction course in my last semester and began researching and applying for MLIS programs. I was accepted to the University of Washington and began the program in September 2011.

Before starting the program, my interest in librarianship had been general. Having only interacted with reference librarians and instruction librarians, I was unaware of how complex the library as an institution is. My interest in helping academics perform research in a reference role quickly morphed into a desire to facilitate the retrieval of desired information in a more “behind-the-scenes” capacity. Technical services became the focus of my librarianship goals, so I took courses such as “Organization of Information Resources,” “Catalogs, Cataloging, and Classification,” and “Construction of Indexing Languages” and landed a position within the Technical Services department of an academic library.

After landing my first position within a technical services department, I was given a taste of collection development; I was tasked with building the library’s leisure audiobook CD collection. I fell in love with it immediately. A few months after that, I was also given the responsibility of developing the downloadable leisure audiobook collection through OverDrive. Since taking on these new responsibilities, it has become my dream to find a position that combines my love of acquisitions, cataloging, and collection development.

My desire to establish a career in a library’s technical services/collection development unit requires continuing education and professional development opportunities, and I will continue to work hard to achieve my goals. In this digital portfolio, you will find examples of work I have done in all aspects of the information field, both collaboratively and individually.

Please see my resume for more information.

If you wish to contact me, you may email me.