Before assuming the role of Labadie Collection curator in 2000, Julie Herrada served for six years as assistant curator of the collection She received her library and archival training from Wayne State University.
Not only does she collect and manage holdings related to international social protest movements, she also curates exhibits, assists students and researchers from all over the world, and is constantly collaborating and thinking of ways to preserve and provide universal access to hidden histories.
Herrada’s professional affiliations include the Michigan Archival Association, the Midwest Archives Conference (serving 2 terms as chair of the Archie Motley Minority Scholarship Committee), and the Society of American Archivists where she has chaired the Acquisitions and Appraisal Section, the Privacy and Confidentiality Roundtable, and the was a member of the Diversity Committee. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Oral History Association and Labor’s International Hall of Fame. From 2008-2014 she served as a judge of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, Historical Division.
Julie has authored several book reviews and has published articles in professional journals such as Archival Issues, Collection Building, Progressive Librarian, Serials Review and RBMS Journal (publication of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association). Her biographical essay about Agnes Inglis, the first curator of the Labadie Collection, appeared in Object Lessons and the Formation of Knowlege: the University of Michigan Museums, Libraries and Collections, 1817-2017, published by the University of Michigan Press in celebration of the UM's bicentennial.
Her “Letters to the Unabomber: Third Party Privacy Rights in the Ted Kaczynski Papers,” has been widely cited and used in archival education courses. She also authored several entries in the 2007 Prometheus Books, The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief. Her presentations have included such topics as “The Archival Fringe: Collecting the Papers of the Marginalized and Stigmatized” and “Archives of Dissent.” Her exhibits have included “The Whole World Was Watching: Protest and Revolution in 1968”; “Soapboxers & Saboteurs: 100 Years of Wobbly Solidarity”; “Radical Responses to the Great Depression”; “Artifacts and Disclosures: Michigan's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Heritage”; and “Joseph Labadie and His Gift to Michigan: A Legacy for the Masses,” as well as a retrospective exhibit and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Labadie Collection entitled “The More Things Change.” To celebrate the 150th birthday of the Russian anarchist Emma Goldman, in June 2019 she hosted a 2 day symposium and curated an exhibit, "A Revolution Worth Having."
In 2002 Herrada was one of the first people selected as a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. The award is bestowed on those in the library profession who are “innovative, creative and making a difference.”
In 2011 Herrada received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science.