Awards and Scholarships

The Gerald J. Oppenheimer Cornerstone Award

The Gerald J. Oppenheimer Cornerstone Award, named in honor of Gerald J. Oppenheimer, the inaugural president of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), is given to an individual, group, or institution selected by the association's Board of Directors. The award is given for a notable or important contribution that has assisted AAHSL in achieving its mission or had a significant impact on the profession of academic health sciences librarianship. 


AAHSL Leadership Scholarships

AAHSL Leadership Scholarships support career development opportunities for persons interested in leadership roles at all levels in academic health sciences libraries. They may be used for participation in established educational programs or for individually designed learning opportunities. Reports from recipients evaluate their experience and indicate programs supported in the past.


Matheson Lecture

The AAHSL / GIR Nina Matheson Lecture is presented at the AAMC meeting each year. 

The Matheson Lecture honors AAHSL past-president Nina Matheson for her significant contributions to the fields of medical informatics and medical librarianship.  "Academic Information in the Academic Health Sciences Center" which Nina co-authored with John Cooper and "Physicians of the 21st Century (the GPEP Report) are recognized as seminal works on the integration of health sciences information systems. 


New Directors Symposium

The New Directors Symposium is designed to help new directors be successful as leaders in their institutions and to enhance familiarity with the community of their AAHSL peers. It includes sessions on administrative skills, meetings with leadership of selected organizations, and opportunities for discussion among newly appointed and experienced directors.


NLM / AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

In response to the confirmed need for future leadership, the NLM / AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries.