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AAHSL and NLM Announce 2019 Leadership Fellows and Mentors

August 15, 2018

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and the National Library of Medicine ( are pleased to announce the members of the 2018-2019 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. The jointly sponsored program matches fellows and mentors in a one year leadership development program. Since the program began in 2002, 54 percent of fellow graduates have assumed director positions. 

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. 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.

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 will begin their work together at the November AAHSL meeting in Austin, TX.

Information about the program is available at:

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows and Mentors 2018-2019

Blair Anton, MLIS, MS, AHIP, Associate Director, Informationist Services, William H. Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Mentor: Melissa De Santis, MLIS, AHIP, Director, Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO.

Amy Blevins, MALS, Associate Director for Public Services, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.

Mentor: Terrie R. Wheeler, AMLS, Director, Samuel J. Wood Library and C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY.

Mellanye Lackey, MSI, AHIP, formerly Associate Director of Education and Research, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah; currently transitioning to a new position and library in 2019.

Mentor: Chris Shaffer, MS, AHIP, University Librarian, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Information Management, University of California, San Francisco, CA.  

Katherine (Katie) Prentice, MSIS, AHIP, Associate Director for User Experience & Assessment Schusterman Library, University of Oklahoma - Tulsa, OK.

Mentor: Ellen Nordre Sayed, MLS, MAcc, AHIP, Director, MCW Libraries, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.  

Randall Watts, MDiv, MS, AHIP, Associate Director/Associate Professor, Health Sciences Library, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN.

Mentor: M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, Associate Vice President Academic Affairs, Executive Director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.


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Last Reviewed: August 15, 2018