Meet Your Librarian
Throughout the fall 2018 semester, the Eugene McDermott Library will be highlighting some of our amazing library staff in an ongoing series designed to help students, faculty and staff get to know the many faces of the library who are here to help you discover relevant, authoritative and scholarly resources.
Travis Goode, Manager of the Interlibrary Loan Department
As a college freshman, Travis Goode, manager of the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department at the Eugene McDermott Library, began his academic journey as a cultural anthropology major with an eye on becoming an archeologist.
But after working as a student at the Vanguard University Library, everything changed.
Goode decided he loved the library and everything about it – the environment, the work, the people. Why not make a career out of it? “The college librarians made a lasting impression on me and I fell in love with the library profession,” Goode said.
Goode has a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Vanguard University and a master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from San Jose State University. As well as managing the ILL department — the department that procures resources that the McDermott Library doesn’t own from other area libraries — Goode is also a library copyright specialist and reference librarian.
Soon after joining the library in 2014, Goode’s staff and co-workers quickly discovered his passion for his work and dedication to the McDermott Library. He was soon promoted to senior librarian and shortly thereafter won the Ethel Ward-McLemore Award for Library Excellence, a prestigious award presented each year to McDermott Library staff members who exhibit excellent librarianship.
In nominating Goode for the Ethel Ward-McLemore Award, colleagues described him as “the epitome of customer service,” someone who has “a quiet enthusiasm to be involved in a way that embodies the collaborative/collegial spirit of librarianship and a manager who demonstrates not just an expert understanding of resource sharing, but also an inquisitive and forward-thinking interest in trends and workflow.”
For Goode, who was born in Kansas and grew up in southern California, working at the library is not about just doing a job, but doing a job beyond well-done and going the extra mile for his colleagues and library patrons.
“I very much enjoy problem-solving and looking for ways to improve procedures, workflows, programs and services,” Goode said. “It is a great feeling when you discover an issue, inefficiency or need that is not being met and make changes for the better.”
Outside of work, Goode enjoys grilling, traveling, spending time with his 2-year-old son and playing the drums. He has played the drums since the fifth grade and plays jazz, blues and rock ‘n’ roll.
Learn more about Travis Goode:
Manager, Interlibrary Loan Department
BA in Cultural Anthropology, Vanguard University; MS in Library and Information Sciences, San Jose State University
My career at McDermott began in
What has your experience been like working at the McDermott Library and UT Dallas?
UT Dallas has been a great place for me to grow as a supervisor and library professional. I’m grateful for my staff and their willingness to embrace the changes we made in my first three years. With their work, our department has drastically improved interlibrary loan services to our community.
Working on a university campus is wonderful. You get to meet people from all over the world and share culture, life experience and passion for lifelong learning.
What do you like best about your job and working at the McDermott Library?
My favorite part of my job is working with our great students and faculty. I enjoy learning about their work and assisting them in finding the perfect resource for their projects.
Contact Goode by email or phone: 972-883-2900.