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NLM Announces Future Plans of 2017-2018 Associate Fellows

August 17, 2018

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the future plans of its 2017-2018 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive program provides associates with a broad foundation in health sciences information services and prepares librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and health services research. This group of Associate Fellows recently ended the first year of their fellowship. All three will continue for a second year of the Associate Fellowship Program in libraries in Chicago and Philadelphia.


Gabrielle Barr

Gabrielle Barr will complete a second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at Northwestern’s Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center working on special collections, digital scholarship, and copyright related projects.

As a first-year NLM Associate Fellow, Barr evaluated web archiving software to determine if there are options that would better capture social media than NLM’s current system, created a protocol for processing historic film collections, catalogued rare books, and examined NLM’s copyright policies and procedures in addition to raising awareness about intellectual property matters.

Barr received her MSI from University of Michigan in 2015 where she specialized in archives and records management. While completing her degree, she gained experience at Bentley Historical Library and University of Michigan Special Collections Archives Unit. Barr went onto work in the special collections of the Norfolk Public Library and served as the Historical Collections Project Assistant at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Health Sciences Library. She holds her BA in history from The Johns Hopkins University.


Shannon Sheridan

Shannon Sheridan will complete a second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at Drexel University Libraries, serving as a liaison and data librarian while working on research data management for health sciences researchers and clinical and research information literacy for 3rd and 4th year medical students.

As a first-year NLM Associate Fellow, Sheridan authored health content and collaborated to implement an innovative artificial intelligence voice user interface prototype, annotated and conducted quality control for malaria cells for deep learning algorithm development, oversaw and managed legislative tracking, and was a coinvestigator on a data analysis project comparing MeSH term trends in PubMed literature and Medicaid medical procedure data.

Sheridan received her MLIS degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017. While completing her degree, Ms. Sheridan worked at Chatham University as a Reference Associate. She also interned with the Reference Department at the Community College of Allegheny County and volunteered at the St. Clair Hospital Health Sciences Library, where her interest in medical librarianship began. Ms. Sheridan holds BA degrees in History, Spanish, and Political Science from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania


Nicole Strayhorn

Nicole Strayhorn will complete a second year of the NLM Associate Fellowship at the ADA Library & Archives at the American Dental Association in Chicago, Illinois, developing their research impact evaluation and assessment services and providing expertise in data management and data visualization to librarians, health economists, statisticians, data analysts, and health services researchers.

As a first-year NLM Associate Fellow, Strayhorn leveraged the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s data to build a data visualization blueprint of 70+ dashboards that will enable them to make data driven decisions and identified open data sources where Zika Virus data has been deposited.

Strayhorn received her MSI degree from Florida State University (FSU) in 2017. While completing her degree, Strayhorn worked as the E-Resources Grad Assistant at the FSU Strozier Library, where she assisted in electronic resources management and provided consultations and instruction on topics related to geographic information systems (GIS) and information visualization. She also interned at the CDC Library and National Transportation Library of the US Department of Transportation, working on projects that focused on data management and data visualization. She also holds a BA in geography from Georgia State University.



The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is a leader in research in biomedical informatics and data science and the world’s largest biomedical library. NLM conducts and supports research in methods for recording, storing, retrieving, preserving, and communicating health information. NLM creates resources and tools that are used billions of times each year by millions of people to access and analyze molecular biology, biotechnology, toxicology, environmental health, and health services information. Additional information is available at

Last Reviewed: August 17, 2018