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Frances K. Groen wins 2004 award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship

Published: 22 Jun 2004

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) today recognized Frances K. Groen, Trenholme Director of Libraries, McGill University, as the winner of the CARL national award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship.

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) today recognized Frances K. Groen, Trenholme Director of Libraries, McGill University, as the winner of the CARL national award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship.

The award is presented annually to an individual at a CARL member institution who has made a substantial local, national and/or international contribution to academic research librarianship.

Mrs Groen has held the position of Director of the McGill University Libraries since 1996. From 1990 to 1995, she was Deputy Director and Associate Director of Libraries at McGill. Prior to this she held a number of progressively responsible library positions at McGill University, University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University and the University of Toronto.

Over the years Mrs Groen has held office in a number of library associations. She served as President of the Medical Library Association; as a member of the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation of Graduate Programs; as Chair of the CISTI Advisory Committee on Health Sciences Resource Centres; as an Officer of the IFLA's Section on University and Research Libraries; and as a grant evaluator for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. From 1999-2001 Mrs Groen served as President of CARL.

In making the presentation CARL President Joyce C. Garnett noted, "Fran has been the recipient of numerous honours and awards: the ALA Blackwell Award for best published paper (2001), the MLA recognition as one of the '100 Most Notables,' the CACUL Outstanding Academic Librarian award, and the China Medical University Honorary Consultant Librarian (1991, 1994 and 1996). In this context Fran is a most deserving recipient of the CARL Award, as showing the recognition of her peers."

Frances Groen has published over 40 articles in refereed journals and four chapters of books. She has also published over 80 book reviews in the Library Journal, the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, in the Canadian Library Journal and in Quill and Quire. She taught at the McGill University Graduate School of Library and Information Studies from 1975 to 1995.

Micromedia ProQuest sponsors the CARL Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship. Micromedia ProQuest is Canada's leading publisher and distributor of proprietary and third-party financial, bibliographic and directory database products for the corporate and library markets. Founded in 1972, the products incorporate information from Canadian companies, media sources, regulatory bodies and government agencies. Micromedia ProQuest also acts as Canadian distributor for a number of international publishing groups.

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) was established in 1976. Its members are Canada's 27 major academic research libraries, CISTI (Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information), Library and Archives Canada, and the Library of Parliament. CARL provides leadership to the Canadian research library community through initiatives to enhance scholarly communication and assisting members to provide full support for teaching and research.

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