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NLM and AAHSL Announce 2019/2020 Leadership Fellows and Mentors

August 21, 2019

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) are pleased to announce the members of the 2019/2020 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. This jointly sponsored program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries by pairing fellows with mentors for a one-year leadership development experience.  

The program provides a combination of in-person and virtual learning. Fellows are matched with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors, and mentors work closely with their fellows throughout the year, including hosting a visit by the fellow to the mentor’s library. Fellows also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with their cohort.

The candidate pool for NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows and demand for the program are strong. Selection is competitive and indicates recognition of a candidate’s substantial record of leadership and potential for success as a director. Since the program began in 2002, 54% of fellows have assumed director positions.

The 2019/2020 cohort includes five fellows and their mentors who will begin working together at the November 2019 AAHSL meeting in Phoenix.

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows and Mentors for 2019/2020

Marisa L. Conte, MLIS, AHIP, Assistant Director, Research and Informatics, Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Mentor: Kelly R. Gonzalez, MSIS, MBA; Assistant Vice President for Library Services, Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.

Emily Jill Glenn, MSLS, Associate Director, Education and Research Services, McGoogan Library of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Mentor: Anne K. Seymour, MSIS, Director, Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

Emily J. Hurst, MSLS, AHIP, Deputy Director and Head of Research and Education, VCU Libraries, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.
Mentor: Rose L. Bland, MA, MPA, AHIP, Director, Shimberg Health Sciences Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. 

Gail M. Kouame, MLIS, Assistant Director for Research and Education Services, Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library, Augusta University, Augusta, Georgia
Mentor: Rick L. Fought, EdD, MLIS, AHIP, Associate Professor and Director, Health Sciences Library, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee.    

Erika L. Sevetson, MS, Director of Academic Engagement for Health, Biomedical and Physical Sciences, Brown University Library, Providence, Rhode Island
Mentor: Debra Rand, MS, AHIP, Associate Dean for Library Services, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and Corporate Director of Libraries for Northwell Health, Hempstead, New York.


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Last Reviewed: August 21, 2019