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.
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.
NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2016-2017
Call for Applications
The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries, is accepting applications through July 22, 2016.
Fellows will have the opportunity to experience another library environment and to work closely with a mentor and collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The multi-faceted program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community. Candidates with a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries and with leadership experience in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings are encouraged to apply.
The Leadership Fellows Program has been remarkably successful in helping to move well prepared leaders into AAHSL directors’ positions. Seventy-two fellows and 59 different mentors have participated in the program from 2002-2016. To date, 28 fellows have received director appointments and over 50% have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility.
What Participants Are Saying
Fellow 2002-03: As a member of the first cohort I've continued to be amazed at the quality retained and further refined as the Leadership Fellows Program has evolved. The perspective it provided has continued to sustain me in the decade plus since my fellowship year.
Mentor 2011-12: The program has given me the opportunity of mentoring a talented and visionary librarian. I’ve learned at least as much as I’ve given. I now have a fresh perspective on my own leadership role at my institution and insights into other libraries. I’m looking forward to following my fellow’s career. Our profession is in good hands.
Mentor 2014-15: I found the program energizing. It gave me time and reason to focus on the big picture, instead of the miscellany of day-to-day operations, and reconnected me to some of the passion that infuses librarianship as a profession.
Fellow 2014-15: It has given me ideas and confidence to seek positions of greater leadership in the midterm. In the present, I've gotten some practical skills that are already useful in my current position.
The program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is now available. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Research Data Access & Preservation Summit and Data Bootcamp, May 4-7, 2016, Atlanta, GA.
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.
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!
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.