Applications now being accepted for 2016 AAHSL Leadership Scholarships!

AAHSL is pleased to present a new feature: The Library Director Openings page!

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The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) supports academic health sciences libraries and
directors in advancing the patient care, research, education, and community service missions of academic health
centers through visionary executive leadership and expertise in health information, scholarly communication, and knowledge management.

AAHSL promotes the success of its members through relevant programming and services; benchmarking;
advocacy; partnerships with like-minded organizations; and the development of a community of colleagues.

Organizational Identity

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) comprises the libraries serving the accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools belonging to or affiliated with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

It includes other related libraries and organizations that lead in resolving information and knowledge management problems in the health care environment. 

The organization was founded in 1977 as the Association of Academic Health Sciences Library Directors (AAHSLD). Beginning in 1996, the directors of medical school libraries formed the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), a new organization with a mission similar to that of AAHSLD but with a greater scope of activities. 

AAHSL is a member of the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) of the AAMC.

Announcement of AAHSL Data Scholarship Awards
March 11, 2016

AAHSL is pleased to announce the recipients of the AAHSL Data Scholarships. This one-time offering of data scholarships is available thanks to Dr. Philip Bourne, Associate Director for Data Science, National Institutes of Health, 2015 Matheson Lecturer, who suggested that his stipend be used to support individuals from AAHSL member libraries interested in learning more about data management. The AAHSL Board agreed to provide additional funds, making a total of $10,000 available to award.

Thanks to all those who applied for a Data Scholarship. The level of interest and the quality and diversity of professional development ideas from all the applicants is impressive. A full list of the training opportunities identified by applicants is provided at the bottom of this email; and has been shared with AAHSL’s Research Services Committee Chair, Kristi Holmes. Please share this with interested staff.

Congratulations to the following Data Scholarship awardees:

  • Pamela Bagley, Interim Head, Education, Research & Clinical Services, Dartmouth Biomedical Library. To attend RDAP16: Research Data Access & Data Preservation Summit (including the Data Carpentry Workshop), Atlanta, GA, May 4-7, 2016

  • Michelle Bass, Science Research Services Librarian, Univ. Chicago, John Crerar Library. To attend Research Access and Data Preservation Summit (RDAP), Atlanta, GA, May 4-6, 2016.

  • Marisa Conte, Research and Data Informationist, Univ. Michigan Taubman Library. To complete a series of online courses (Coursera) leading to a certificate in data science specialization.

  • Jean-Paul Courneya, Bioinformationist, Univ. Md. Health/Human Services Library. To complete a series of online courses (Coursera) leading to a certificate in data science specialization.

  • Margaret Henderson, Dir. Research Data Management, Virginia Commonwealth Univ., VCU Libraries. To attend the Data and Visualization Institute for Librarians, NCSU, May 23-27, 2016.

  • Andrea Ketchum, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Lib. System, U. Pittsburgh. To attend Conference of Force 11: the Future of Research Communications and eScholarship, April, 2016, Portland, OR.

  • Kate Nyhan, Research & Education Librarian, Liaison to School of Public Health, Cushing Whitney Med. Library, Yale Univ. To attend one of four classes at the Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Univ.

  • Kevin Read, Knowledge Management Librarian, NYU Health Sciences Library. To take certified clinical data management courses of the Society of Clinical Data Management (SCDM). 

  • Alisa Surkis, Translational Science Librarian, NYU Health Sciences Library. To complete a series of online courses (Coursera) leading to a certification in data science specialization.


    The Future Leadership Committee (Sandra Franklin, Chair; John Gallagher, Subcommittee Chair) carried out the selection process for these awards.  



Deadline: April 15

Do you have a staff member who could benefit from AAHSL funding to build leadership potential and skills? Please share this call for applications for 2016 AAHSL Leadership Scholarships with interested staff. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2016.

AAHSL supports the development of new leaders by funding scholarships annually to persons interested in leadership roles at all levels in academic health sciences libraries. Past recipients have used scholarships to attend programs such as the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, Educause Leading Change Institute, and AMIA 10x10 courses, among others. Recipients' reports are available to consult.

Awards are made in amounts up to $2500 for participation in established educational programs or for individually designed learning opportunities.

Applicant Eligibility

Candidates must be employed in a professional position in an AAHSL member library (full or associate member) and have an MLS or comparable graduate degree. Persons currently holding library director positions and former fellows in the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program are not eligible.


Applications should be submitted to AAHSL. Applicants should submit:

  • Letter (maximum of one page) with the following information:
    • description of the career development opportunity in which they are interested (including the URL for an established program),
    • dates of participation,
    • whether they have been accepted by the program, if applicable,
    • purpose of funds (itemized list of amounts for tuition, travel, or other expenses), ·
    • their goals in participating in the opportunity, and
    • specific career goals and how it will help them reach them.
  • CV with contact information
  • Letter from their library director indicating support for participation in the program and how it will further the leadership skills of the applicant.

The Selection Committee will judge the value and quality of the proposed activity in developing the leadership ability of the applicant. To maximize the number of scholarships, individuals may be asked to supplement funding with institutional support.

Leadership Scholarship applicants are encouraged to plan ahead since programs may require registration well in advance. Awards can be made conditionally if applicants wish to use the scholarship as an indication of support for their applications to competitive career development programs.

Out-of-Cycle Applications

The Selection Committee recognizes that in certain instances the Leadership Scholarship deadlines may not synchronize with the application deadlines of suitable leadership programs in which an applicant may be interested. In such instances, the applicant should immediately notify the AAHSL Office of his/her intent to seek out-of cycle consideration for a Leadership Scholarship by the selection committee. The Committee will consider such requests on a limited basis.


Persons awarded scholarships must complete the program within a twelve-month period. At the conclusion, a brief report evaluating the program and its benefit to them and other potential leaders is required. Programs supported by AAHSL Leadership Scholarships in the past, as well as reports from participants, may be consulted. Questions? Contact Carol Jenkins.


AAHSL membership is composed of academic health sciences libraries whose medical schools hold member or associate member status in the Association of American Medical Colleges. Join AAHSL today!

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program 

The Future Leadership Committee is pleased to announce the members of the 2015-2016 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program class, the fourteenth year of the program. The candidate pool for fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Selection is competitive and recognition of a substantial record of leadership accomplishment and potential for a director position. 

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. It is jointly funded by NLM and AAHSL. Since the program began in 2002, twenty-seven fellow graduates have assumed director positions. You can find out more about the program and view the full list of current fellows here.

Library Director Openings

The Library Director Openings page lists Library Director positions that are currently open at academic health sciences libraries. These may include positions with various titles denoting chief responsibility for the health sciences library. Contact Us if you would like a Health Sciences Library Director position available at your institution to be posted on this page.

Job Title Institution Date Posted Date Closing
Head of Health Sciences Library Stony Brook University 04/06/16 N/A
Director of the Medical Library The Commonwealth Medical College 03/02/16 N/A
Director, Health Sciences Library California Health Sciences University 02/23/16 N/A
Director – Rush University Library Services Rush University 1/28/16 N/A
Library Director Meharry Medical College 1/15/16 N/A
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