Laura Dowler, MLIS

“Research means that you don't know, but are willing to find out.”

- Charles F. Kettering


Who am I?

It is my passion to show students and patrons how the information seeking process works and how to embrace the tools necessary to be able to find out the answers to their questions. This is not always an easy task, but it is one that I enthusiastically tackle every day. I work to promote librarianship and the increasing value of professional curators in an information saturated society.  It is not unusual for me to find myself explaining what librarians "really" do at family functions, or even in line at the grocery store.  My passion for the profession is one of my greatest strengths. 

Recent Activities

I was most recently the librarian/LRC manager at ITT Technical Institute in Strongsville, OH where I helped connect students with the information that they needed to be successful in college. I helped the students with their transition to ebooks and online learning management system. I was also a member of the Ask a Librarian team, which answered reference questions via email and text.   Previously I was an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Wellness 360 program at The First Grace United Church of Christ in Akron, Ohio.  As an AmeriCorps member I  addressed poverty related health and nutrition issues with community centered programming.  It was the first year of our program and we developed and implemented many successful projects.  As part of this team I researched and reported on trending issues in food security.

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