2016 AAHSL Leadership Scholarship Awardees

Congratulations to the 2016 AAHSL Leadership Scholarship awardees:

Jonathan Hartmann, Georgetown University, to attend the 2016 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians

Heather Holmes, Medical University of South Carolina, to attend the 2016 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians

Beth Ketterman, East Carolina University Health Sciences Library, to attend the Women's Negotiation Academy

Lindsey Sikora, University of Ottawa, to attend the 2016 Northern Exposure to Leadership Instititue

Susan Steelman, University of Arkansas Medical Campus, to attend the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians

Lisa Traditi, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, to attend the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians


The recipients were selected as part of a competitive process, with the largest number of applicants in a decade. AAHSL Leadership Scholarships support career development opportunities for persons interested in leadership roles in academic health sciences libraries. Their institutions share in the costs of supporting participation in the programs. The scholarships are part of the continuum of AAHSL leadership programs.

2015 AAHSL Leadership Scholarships

Jonathan Koffel, University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library, attended the 2015 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

Anneliese Taylor, University of California San Francisco Library and Center for Knowledge Management, attended the 2015 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

Annie Thompson, University of Southern California Wilson Dental Library and Learning Center, attended the 2015 Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

Frances Chu, University of Washington Health Sciences Library, attended the 2015 Women’s Negotiation Academy.


Leadership Development 

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) has made a concerted effort to recruit and develop the next generation of academic health sciences library directors. The leadership program provides a continuum of opportunities for career growth and development. It offers a sequence appropriate for different stages in an individual career path and one that addresses different points along the pipeline of future directors. It includes an introductory continuing education course, scholarships, fellowships, and a new directors' symposium.

Continuing Education Course

Library Director: Knowledge, Skills and Career Paths is a half-day, face-to-face course is designed to introduce attendees to the issues of becoming an academic health sciences library director. The course touches on four key areas: self-awareness relevant to the skills, qualifications and expectations required of a library director; the politics involved in being a library director; the library director's role in budgeting; and the process of applying to be a library director.

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.

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL, is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of director in academic health sciences libraries. It offers the opportunity to work closely with a mentor who is a current director and to work collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The one-year program design provides a variety of learning settings, including in-person leadership institutes, attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting, and a virtual curriculum on issues of library leadership. The fellow/mentor relationship culminates in site visits to the mentor's home library, giving exposure to leadership in another environment. The program creates a cohort of leaders who can draw upon each other for support throughout their careers.

2016-2017 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Brochure - the deadline to apply has now passed, please visit our website in the future for the 2017-2018 application

2015-2016 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Roster

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.