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Francis Groen – Health librarian (retired)
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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.
- Groen F. Canada's national initiative to advance access to electronic journals. Health Libr Rev. 2000 Dec;17(4):189-93.
- Groen F. Fin-de-siècle Philadelphia and the founding of the Medical Library Association. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1999;87(3):337-42.
- Oral History Project: Voices of the Past. Frances Kathleen Groen. Interviewer: Diane McKenzie Date of Interview: April 12, 1999
- Groen FK. Three who made an association: I. Sir William Osler, 1849-1919. II. George Milbry Gould, 1848-1922. III. Margaret Ridley Charlton, 1858-1931 and the founding of the Medical Library Association, Philadelphia, 1898. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1998 Apr;86(2):183-91.
- Groen FK. Three who made an association: I. Sir William Osler, 1849-1919 II. George Milbry Gould, 1848-1922 III. Margaret Ridley Charlton, 1858-1931 and the founding of the Medical Library Association, Philadelphia, 1898. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1996;84(3):311-9.
- Groen F. The changing role of the hospital librarian: Canadian and US comparisons. Bibliotheca Medica Canadiana. 1991;12(3):144-150.
- Groen F. Margaret Ridley Charlton, medical librarian and historian: on evaluation of her career. Fontanus. 1989;11:55–63.
- Groen F. The pleasures of the presidency: some personal reflections on serving as president. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1991 Jan;79(1):113-6.
- Groen F. How community doctors can have easy access to the medical literature. Can Med Assoc J. 1981 Jun 15;124 (12):1628, 1632-3.
- Groen F. Advocacy of hospital information services: the promise of the 1990s. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1990 Apr;78(2):206-8.
- Groen F. Information technology: outreach to users. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1990;78(1):75–76.
- Groen F. Building bridges: the role of the Medical Library Association in international affairs. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1989;77(4):391–392.
- Groen F. Readings in technology. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1985;73(2):219–220.