Laura Jacobs

Laura Jacobs
Laura Jacobs
Laura Jacobs Laura Jacobs
Professor, Library Science
Interim Library Director
Jim Dan HIll Library
office. Jim Dan Hall Library 218
University of Wisconsin-Superior


Laura likes to kayak and sail in summer and ski in winter. She enjoys all kinds of music and reads widely across fiction and non-fiction.

Professional Background

Laura Jacobs received a B.F.A. in Studio Arts and a Master of Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota. She received a Master of Arts in Library Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison, with emphasis in Archives Administration. She continues to be excited to learn about others' research interests and is deeply committed to helping them explore and dig for information. 

Research Interests

In addition to assisting researchers, Ms. Jacobs is passionate about promoting the maritime history of the Great Lakes. She is currently interested in exploring the records of the local commercial fishing industry and the early history of the Keewenaw Waterway. 

Awards & Honors 

2016, WI Governor's Award for Archival Achievement

2013, McNair Mentor of the Year 2013 

2010, UW-S Outstanding Team Award

2004, WI Governor's Award for Archival Achievement

2000, UMN Liberal Studies 


2000-Current, Association for Great Lakes Maritime History (AGLMH), Board Member

2016-Current, AGLMH, Awards Committee Chair

2012-Current, Duluth/Superior Scottish Heritage 

2010-13, AGLMH, President

Most Recent Degrees

2004 - Master of Arts (M.A.)  - Liberal Studies - University of Minnesota - Dissertation/thesis topic: Inside/Outside: Creation of the Lake Superior Maritime History Collections Archives

1995 - Master of Arts (M.A.)  - Library & Information Studies, Archives Administration - University of Wisconsin-Madison - Dissertation/thesis topic: Metadata Standards for Archival Collections