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Student Spotlight: Laura Santowski

Laura Santowski

Laura Santowski
Major: Library and Information

Laura Santowski has worked in public libraries since 1992, gaining experience in circulation, acquisitions, cataloging, and readers’ advisory and adult reference.

She chose College of DuPage’s Library and Information Technology program because of its flexibility and the number of classes offered online.

“Being a full-time working student raising a family, the Library and Information Technology program offered classes to accommodate any type of student’s needs,” she said. “I began by attending once class per semester and found this was the easiest way to get started. I was able to take classes during the summer and only took one class on campus along with my practicum, which was really convenient.”

“I was fortunate to have experienced supportive colleagues in the profession, together with knowledgeable faculty members and fellow students encouraging me each step of the way. Everyone was so supportive to allow me to accomplish my career goals.”

Santowski earned her associate’s degree in 2010. She currently works at the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin. She feels fortunate to be working at the Information Services desk, where she helps patrons locate material, answers reference questions, provides technology and software instruction, and develops programs that are beneficial to the community.

“I would offer any students looking at the Library and Information Technology program to check websites like RAILS. It’s a great place to see the types of positions along with salaries you can expect. COD also encourages students to join LinkedIn and social media groups and to utilize websites like the ALA, Webjunction and ILA.

“College of DuPage’s Library and Information Technology program offers a degree that was beneficial for my career in public libraries and gave me hands-on experience provided by professionals in areas that I had not worked in the past, like youth services. Completing my practicum at the Mount Prospect Public Library provided an opportunity to work in several different departments, attend board meetings and actually establish networking connections that will always be invaluable.”

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