NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program 

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Congrats to our selected 2021-2022 Cohort!

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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 2021/2022 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 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. Fellows 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 type of library background or current setting.  In its commitment to diversity and inclusion, the program actively seeks applicants from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds

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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].