Let’s shine the member spotlight on Julie Deardorff from Cedarville University!
What is your role(s) in academic libraries?
I’ve been at Cedarville University for 25 years, most of that time as Director of Collection Services. I’m responsible for collection development and acquisitions for all subjects and formats. I also manage the technical services related operations.
What do you like most about academic library work?
I’m happy to work at a library that values the print book collection and selecting print books is still my favorite part of my job. I enjoy working with our faculty and students to meet their needs. I also like creating efficient processes and fixing problems, which is a good thing considering how much of my time seems to be devoted to that!
What are some interesting projects you’ve been involved with lately?
I created our Library Careers Program, which provides internship and independent study courses, as well as other activities and events, for undergraduate students considering library science. I love working with our students and staying connected with them as they go on to impact the profession. I also serve as the archivist for our Higher Learning Commission accreditation team and have been heavily involved with our last two reports.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
My husband and I have traveled to all 50 states. We haven’t made as much progress with countries yet, but we did have the chance to co-teach The English Novel in England twice. Oxford is my happy place.
What do you love about being an ALAO member?
I am very grateful for the wonderful relationships that I have been able to develop with other Ohio academic librarians through the conferences, workshops, Collection Management Interest Group, and serving on the ALAO Board. I’ve only missed one conference in 25 years and every single one has been helpful.
–Maureen E. Barry, Membership Chair, Bowling Green State University