NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program


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NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. The jointly sponsored program matches fellows and mentors in a one-year leadership development program. Since the program began in 2002, 49 percent of fellow graduates have assumed director positions. 

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 cohort includes five fellows and their mentors, who begin their work together at the November AAHSL meeting in Boston. 

The program provides a combination of in-person and virtual learning experiences for fellows and offers the opportunity to work collaboratively with the cohort of participants. Fellows are paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. Mentors work closely with their fellows throughout the year and host their fellow’s visit to their library.

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Apply Now

 Apply by June 15th for the 2018/2019 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program!
Note: A revised brochure with the final schedule for 2018/2019 is now available. Actual application requirements have NOT changed, and there is no need to resubmit if you've already sent in your application.

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2018- 2019 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. Check out the brochure for full program details, see past years' cohorts and program reports below, and submit your application by June 15th!

The purpose of the Leadership Fellows Program is to prepare emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. Fellows have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They are paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors, NLM and AAHSL, will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is designed for librarians with prior management experience. In most cases, a minimum of five years is the baseline for candidates to be given consideration. Applicants should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, regardless of the type of library background or current setting.

Instructions for applying can be found starting on page 9 of the brochure. Potential fellows should submit applications electronically to AAHSL by June 15, 2018 by emailing packets to [email protected].

Information for potential mentors is also available in the application brochure on page 12. Letters/emails of interest in becoming a mentor should be sent electronically to [email protected] by June 15, 2018.

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 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program 2017-2018

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and the National Library of Medicine are pleased to announce the members of the 2017-2018 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program: 


Amy Allison, MLS
Associate Director, Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library 
Emory University, Atlanta, GA 

Mentor: Cynthia Robinson, MA, AHIP 
Associate Dean for Library and Information Services, Director, Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research & Learning Commons, Penn State Health
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA

Robin Champieux, MLIS
Research Engagement and Open Science Librarian
Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

Mentor: Janice Jaguszewski, MSLIS
Associate University Librarian and Director, Health Sciences Libraries
University of Minnesota, Bio-Medical Library, Minneapolis, MN

Deidre (Dede) Rios, MS, PhD
Director of Optometric & Clinical Library Services
University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX 

Mentor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, PhD
Professor and Director of Libraries
Augusta University, Augusta, GA

Linda Van Keuren, MLS, AHIP
Senior Associate Director for Resources & Access Management, Dahlgren Memorial Library
Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC

Mentor: Barbara Bernoff Cavanaugh 
Associate Director, STEM Libraries; and Director, Biomedical Library
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Philip Walker, MLIS, MSHI 
Interim Director, Annette & Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Mentor: Teresa L. Knott, MLS, MPA, AHIP
Associate University Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, and Director, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences

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Fellow Graduates

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For more information about the program, please contact Pat Thibodeau, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, [email protected].