Laura Dowler

ITT Technical Institute

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I earned my undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Film at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. In 2006 I completed the graduate program in Library and Information Science at Kent State University earning my MLIS. I believe that the skills I possess as a librarian are valuable not only in the library environment, but in a variety of industries and nonprofit organizations. Technology plays an increasingly important role in our everyday lives, and I am fascinated by how this affects the way we gather and use information. I am always looking into new technology and how it can be applied. I have given several presentations on social media, and am familiar with many social media technologies including the most popular: Facebook, Google Apps, blogs, wikis, and Twitter. I recognize the importance of developing relationships with community groups, leaders, and school representatives. During my public library experience, I partnered with local non-profit organizations to bring unique programming to our branch. Additionally, I served as a member of the Denison University MLK day planning committee. As a member of this committee, I helped put together programming that was not just intended for students, but for the entire community. As an AmeriCorps volunteer I worked to locate and collaborate with other organizations interested in poverty related health and nutrition issues. I served as a member of the Growing Hope Food Summit planning committee and have been active in representing my organization at the Summit Food Policy Coalition meetings. I am constantly working to build my leadership skills. I am a member of Toastmasters International and currently hold the position of secretary in my local club. Also, I have given presentations at state and national conferences. I have a strong interest in working with marginalized populations, an interest that was strengthened by serving in AmeriCorps. These experiences have taught me that there is lots of potential for community collaboration between libraries and other local agencies.

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