Laura Laugle

2009-2010 Practicum Project

[Insert photo of Laura] I’d like to tell you a little something about myself and my experience with the German-Americana collection here at the University of Cincinnati. I received my undergraduate degree in Modern Languages from Wright State University in 2007. While there, I studied German, French and Russian and have since begun independent study in Danish.

It has always been clear to me that I am at my happiest when I am either helping people learn or am surrounded by books. My natural inclination, therefore was to become a librarian and do both. I have completed my degree program, a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. As part of the MLIS program at Kent State, students are required either to write a research paper or complete a practicum in which the student completes a deliverable project for an organization of his or her choice to be graded by an advisor at Kent State. Being that I have no real experience to speak of in a library setting, I decided on the latter, and began searching for a library with a collection which interested me. It didn't take long after first hearing about the German-Americana collection at The University of Cincinnati, to decide that it was the place for me.