M.A. (Muriel Armstrong) Flower
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M.A. (Muriel Armstrong) Flower (1916 – 2009) Babs to friends and colleagues was born in Connecticut but had roots in Nova Scotia and Ontario. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and philosophy from McGill University in 1939 and came to librarianship later, graduating from the University of Toronto with a library science degree in 1969. After some years, she became Librarian of the Ontario Medical Association in Toronto, during which she surveyed hospital libraries in Ontario. By 1975, she was living in Montreal where she got involved in a nursing outreach project on Montreal's West Island. There, she was responsible for establishing an information corner of primarily consumer health information. As funding for the West Island project was reduced, Flower was appointed the Nursing Librarian at McGill University in Montreal, from where she retired in 1981.
Influential "Flower report"
In 1986, CHLA/ABSC (Canada) and the Committee on Medical School Libraries of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges received funding from the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) to survey the collections and services of Canadian health sciences libraries. Seen as a follow-up to the Simon Report (1964), Flower was appointed to write the report which was eventually called "Libraries without Walls". It remains useful today as a snapshot of Canadian health libraries in the late 1980s and a roadmap to the future. Flower served as the President of CHLA/ABSC (Canada) from 1977 to 1979.