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NLM and AAHSL Announce 2021/2022 Leadership Fellows and Mentors

August 19, 2021

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) are pleased to announce the members of the 2021/2022 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. This jointly sponsored program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries.

The program, which pairs fellows with mentors who are academy health science library directors, provides a combination of in-person and virtual learning experiences. Since the program began in 2002, more than 52% of fellow graduates have assumed director positions. 

The 2021/222 cohort, which will begin work in the fall, includes the following five fellows and their mentors:

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Fellows / Mentors Roster 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, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, 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, Baltimore MD   

The candidate pool for fellows and demand for the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program remains strong. Selection is competitive and recognition of a substantial record of leadership accomplishment and potential for a director position.

More information about the program is available here.


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Last Reviewed: August 19, 2021