Laura Trude is an information specialist with the Rural Health Information Hub at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks. Among her responsibilities in this position, Laura searches out, identifies, and synthesizes information related to rural health; creates rural health-related topic guides and other web-based products; and assists users in retrieving information and navigating federal agencies and other relevant organizations. Prior to joining the CRH, Laura was a business librarian at North Dakota State University (NDSU); a business, government documents, and patents and trademarks librarian at UND; and an information specialist with the Health Workforce Information Center at UND. Originally from Andover, Minn., Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Olaf College; a master’s degree in library and information science from St. Catherine’s University; and a master’s degree in English language and literature from UND. She’s currently working on an MBA degree from NDSU.
“I love finding information and helping people," said Laura. "My work at the Rural Health Information Hub allows me to connect people to best practices and research on rural health so they can make a difference in their communities.”
Laura is chair of the Academic and Special Libraries section of the North Dakota Library Association. She also is co-author of the peer-reviewed journal article “Research Productivity of Accounting Professors around a Change in Institutional Affiliation,” which will appear in Volume 22 of Advances in Accounting Education. An avid traveler, Laura has been to five continents. She lives in Grand Forks and is getting married in October. Her fiancé is a meteorologist for Iteris.