Portfolio Introduction

PictureMy name is Julie Gaida and I am a student at the iSchool of the University of Washington pursuing a Masters of Library and Information Sciences degree. Until recently, I worked at the University of Texas at Dallas’ McDermott Library in the Technical Services department as a gifts processor; my primary responsibility was to process donations made to the library. After eight and a half months in that role, I was promoted to Assistant Head of Acquisitions within the department. Beginning March 2014, I will transition into that role.

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 for 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.

My desire to establish a career in a library’s technical service department 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.