Library Advisory Board
Baton Rouge, LA
As the information specialist at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA, since 2003, Louise McLaughlin has translated her skills as a former public librarian, information broker, and reference librarian to manage a hospital library successfully. In addition to maintaining basic library services, Louise realigned budgetary goals, developed an archives digitization project, tailored a clinical rounding program to support hospital needs, and began an outreach program to other departments. Louise facilitates the monthly online Solo Chat through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/South Central Region, where hospital librarians share successes and experiences and explore new ideas. She has contributed to the National Network, the newsletter of the Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association, and the Journal of Hospital Librarianship, and she was an invited contributor to the blog NLM Musings from the Mezzanine hosted by Dr. Patti Brennan, director of the National Library of Medicine. As a solo librarian, Louise believes that learning and sharing what we know never ends and librarians always need to be preparing for the future.