Rogers helped develop MEDLARS, laying groundwork for MEDLINE(1974). He earned his Library Science degree from Columbia. He was director of the NLM from 1949 until 1963. In July 1974, he wrote a paper for Library Trends discussing limitations of batch searching and feasibility of online systems (Bellardo & Bourne). He also worked at: Librarian, Univ. of CO Medical Center 1963-74; Consultant 1974-?.
He was largely responsible for the NLM achieving national status; [Adkinson book-] Changes in products and services at NLM during his tenure included loaning microfilm in lieu of materials when possible and mechanizing the production of Index Medicus. After working at the NLM, Rogers was director at University of Colorado Medical School Library, 1964(?)-1974 (retired from this position).
Medical Library Association: President (1962-1963)
American Association for the History of Medicine: President (1966-1968)
Medical Library Association: MLA Award (1961)
American Library Association: Dewey Medal (1963)
Frank Rogers Papers:
Library of the University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, IL (an oral history interview with Rogers discussing topics which involve or affect medical librarianship; interviewed by Nancy W. Zinn, 1979)
National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division, Bethesda, MD (2 linear feet (5 boxes), 1964-1984; correspondence, notes, drafts chapters, and photocopies used in the preparation of Miles’s History of the NLM. Includes Miles’s notes on records at the NLM and in the National Archives. Drafts of chapters with the comments of readers, biographical information on library employees, and examples of the steps in the publication of the volume. Search under Miles, Wyndham D., papers on the history of the NLM, 1964-1984. Also search under Frank B. Rogers for 6 boxes on related material.)
University of Colorado Medical School Library, Aurora, CO (1 archival box, mostly copies of article reprints, some miscellaneous materials)