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Laurie Blanchard is a hospital librarian at the Misericordia Health Centre Library (Sister St. Odilon Library) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She obtained a bachelor of arts (BA) degree from the University of Winnipeg, and a master of library science (MLS) degree from McGill University in Montreal. In 2011, she completed a master’s certificate in Library Leadership and Public Administration at the University of Victoria. Blanchard has worked at the J.W. Crane Memorial Library, Transport Canada, and as a consultant for the Women's Health Clinic. She was a researcher for the documentary "Drug Deals", and taught in the Library Technician program at Red River College. Blanchard is active in her profession, and presents regularly at conferences. She has provided many workshops in collaboration with colleagues. Blanchard is known in Canadian health library circles for her editing of the Bibliotheca Medica Canadiana (now the JCHLA/JABSC) and for her participation within CHLA/ABSC (Canada) on the Board of Directors. For her provincial chapter, the Manitoba Association of Health Information Providers (formerly Manitoba Health Libraries Association), Blanchard served as both president and program chair. She also served as program chair for the CHLA/ABSC 2009 National Conference in Winnipeg. From 2011 to 2013, she was the CHLA/ABSC Director of Public Relations.
Blanchard is active on Twitter and other social media. She authors the InfoLTC blog for which she won a Manitoba Library Association's Innovation Award and the People’s Choice Award for Best Poster at the CHLA/ABSC 2009 Conference. She worked with Judy Inglis and Dean Giustini on CHLA/ABSC's Social Media Interest Group until 2014.
Collaboration with other librarians