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

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program: Class of 2015-2016


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.


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.


AAHSL Data Scholarships
The Future Leadership Committee is pleased to announce the one-time offering of several scholarships to support individuals from AAHSL member libraries interested in learning more about any aspect of the data life cycle. A total of $5000 is available for the committee to award. Scholarship awards, in amounts up to $2500, may be used for participation in established educational programs, or for individually designed learning opportunities. 

Applicant Eligibility:
Candidates should be employed in a professional position in an AAHSL member library (full or associate member) and have an MLS or comparable graduate degree. 

Applicants should express in a Word document of 300 words or fewer, how they would use data scholarship funding to enhance their understanding of data, and how they would apply that knowledge in their work. Additionally, an itemized cost breakdown of anticipated expenses (e.g. travel, accommodations, registration, or other expenses) should be included. The Future Leadership Committee will consider a wide variety of learning opportunities, so applicants have significant latitude in their proposals. 

The maximum award for any single scholarship will not exceed $2500. Funds must be used within 12 months of the award date. 

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified no later than April 30, 2016. 

Please submit applications to with the subject heading AAHSL Data Scholarship. |


Persons awarded data scholarships are required to submit a report upon completion of the learning activity.

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
Director of the Medical Library The Commonwealth Medical College 02/03/16 N/A
Director – Rush University Library Services Rush University 1/28/16 N/A
Library Director Meharry Medical College 1/15/16 N/A
Head of Health Sciences Library Stony Brook University 1/6/16 N/A
Executive Director Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 12/3/15 N/A
Director UNC - Chapel Hill 11/30/15 N/A
Director Yale University Cushing/Whitney Medical Library 11/24/15 1/4/16
Director Medical College of Wisconsin 8/27/15 N/A
Director, Medical Library Southern Illinois University School of Medicine 10/27/15 N/A
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