NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program 

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The applications for the 2022-2023 Fellows Program have closed. Thank you to those who applied!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2022/2023 fellowship. The application information has full program details, and details about past years' cohorts and program reports are available. 

The Leadership Fellows Program recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching and supporting the mission of academic health sciences libraries, and actively seeks applications from individuals with varying identities and backgrounds.  

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

The Leadership Fellows Program seeks candidates who are emerging leaders in health sciences libraries and who are passionate about the importance of leadership skills and knowledge to the future of academic health sciences libraries.  Leadership fellows join a small cohort of like-minded colleagues and become part of a network of fellows and mentors who have gone through the program over prior years.  Fellows are paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced Program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program blends online learning and in-person activities to create a strong learning community. 


Fellows:  The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is designed for librarians with prior management experience. In most cases, the baseline for candidates to be considered for selection is a minimum of three to five years of experience that demonstrates a career track in administrative positions or progressive leadership responsibilities.  Candidates for Fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries. The program welcomes applications from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings.

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NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program 2021-2022

Erinn E. Aspinall, MSI, AHIP
Director (Interim), Associate Director, Program Development and Strategy, Health Sciences Libraries
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN 

Mentor:  Mary E. Piorun, MBA, MSLS, PhD, AHIP
Director of Library Services, Director, NNLM Region 7, National Public Health Coordinating Office, and the National Center for Data Science, Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA 

Saori Wendy Herman, MLIS, AHIP
Head of Education and Access Services
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Health Sciences Library, Hempstead, NY

Mentor:  Gabriel R. Rios, MLIS
Director, Ruth Lilly Medical Library
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 

Tony Nguyen, MLIS
Executive Director, NNLM Region 1, Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD   

Mentor:  Sandra G. Franklin, MLS, AHIP
Director, Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library
Emory University, Atlanta, GA 

Roger G. Russell, MLS
Associate Director
East Carolina University Laupus Health Sciences Library, Greenville, NC 

Mentor:  Nancy J. Allee, MLS, MPH, AHIP
Director, Taubman Health Sciences Library & STEM
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 

Donghua Tao, MA, MS, PhD
Assistant Director for Information Services/Professor
Saint Louis University Medical Center Library, St. Louis, MO

Mentor:  Anne K. Seymour, M.S.
Director, Welch Medical Library, Assistant Professor, Health Informatics
Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, Baltimore, MD

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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].