Frances K. Groen

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Frances Kathleen Groen (retired medical librarian) was born in Brantford Ontario. Groen's mother came from Holland and her father, a member of Canada's First Nations community, came from the Six National Indian Reserve near Brantford Ontario. In 1960, Groen attended the University of Toronto (UofT) where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. After working at the Brantford Public Library, she returned to UofT to obtain a Bachelor of Library Science degree. She subsequently worked in the UofT Library as an Assistant Reference Librarian before moving to California. There, Groen worked at the renowned Lane Medical Library at Stanford and held various positions til 1967. She eventually moved to Pittsburgh and worked at the University of Pittsburgh Hillman Library and later the Falk Library of the Health Professions where she was history of medicine librarian. While in Pittsburgh, Fran obtained a Master of Arts degree in the History and Philosophy of Science and completed coursework for her PhD in the same discipline. In 1973, Groen became the Life Sciences Librarian at McGill University. She was appointed Associate Director of Libraries in 1990 and became Trenholme Director of Libraries in 1996 - a position she held for over a decade. In 1989-1990, Groen became only the third Canadian health librarian to be President of the MLA - Medical Library Association (U.S.). She retired in 2006 and continues to contribute to her profession in retirement.

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