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Laurie Blanchard is the hospital librarian at the Misericordia Health Centre Library (Sister St. Odilon Library) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg, and her Master of Library Science degree from McGill University in Montreal. In 2011, Blanchard completed her Master’s Certificate in Library Leadership and Public Administration at the University of Victoria. During her career in libraries, Blanchard has worked at the J.W. Crane Memorial Library, Transport Canada, and as a consultant for the Women's Health Clinic. She was also 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 has presented at conferences and provided many workshops in collaboration with colleagues. She is known in Canadian health library circles for her editing of the Bibliotheca Medica Canadiana (now the JCHLA/JABSC) and her participation on the CHLA/ABSC (Canada) Board. For her provincial chapter, the Manitoba Association of Health Information Providers (formerly Manitoba Health Libraries Association), she served as both president and program chair. More recently, she served as program chair for the CHLA/ABSC 2009 National Conference in Winnipeg. From 2011 to 2013, Blanchard served as 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 in Winnipeg. Blanchard is currently working with Judy Inglis and Dean Giustini on CHLA/ABSC's Social Media Interest Group. The goal is to create a portal to help health librarians examine the pros and cons of social media in health care and provide opportunities for members to network and share information.
Collaboration with other librarians