NLM's Johnson Retires After Long Career
Frances Johnson has retired from NLM's Extramural Programs Division after a long and distinguished career.
After completing NLM's Associates Program in 1967, she joined Extramural Programs as a grants program officer. During those 33 years, she devoted her efforts to improving medical libraries. It was through her dedication and quiet persistence that many successful grant initiatives were implemented to support academic and hospital libraries. She worked to get grant support for library collections, construction and renovation projects, library automation, information systems and information access projects. And she helped begin the Internet Connections grants, which have helped many health institutions gain access to the web.
Johnson has been extremely active in and supportive of the Medical Library Association. For example, she edited a "Symposium on Internet Connections" for the MLA Bulletin in 1996, advised many librarians, and has taught numerous continuing education courses on writing library grant proposals. "These are but a few of her accomplishments, for which we will always be deeply grateful," noted former MLA president and frequent NLM collaborator Naomi Broering. "Fran will be missed, but I know that living on the Chesapeake Bay in a brand new home will be a wonderful new venture for her."
Dr. Milton Corn, NLM acting associate director for extramural programs, hailed Johnson's innovative spirit, willingness to share her vast store of knowledge with others, and consummate professionalism.
"Since the initiation of NLM's programs of grant assistance to health science libraries, Frances Johnson has been program officer for a broad range of library resource grant programs. She helped create the programs, publicized them, and patiently helped hundreds of librarians across the nation navigate the NIH grant process successfully. For health science librarians across the nation, Frances Johnson has been a knowledgeable and gracious representative of NLM for over three decades."
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