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National Library of Medicine and AAHSL Announce 2016-2017 Leadership Fellows

The National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries are pleased to announce the members of the 2016-2017 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, 42 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 Seattle.

Information about the program is available at:



  • Sandra De Groote, Scholarly Communication Librarian; Professor, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
    • Mentor: Laura Cousineau, Director, Biomedical Libraries; Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medical Education; Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • Elizabeth Ketterman, Interim Director, Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
    • Mentor: MJ Tooey, Assoc. Vice President, Academic Affairs; Executive Director, Health Sciences/Human Services Library; Director, NNLM, SE/A Region, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  • William (Will) Olmstadt, Associate Director, Health Sciences Library, LSU Health, Shreveport, LA
    • Mentor: Michael (Mike) Kronenfeld, University Librarian, A.T. Still Memorial Library, A.T. Still University of the Health Sciences, Mesa, AZ
  • Melissa Rethlefsen, Deputy Director; Associate Librarian, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah
    • Mentor: Judith (Judy) Cohn, Assistant Vice President for Information Services; Director, Health Sciences Libraries Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, Newark, NJ 
  • Jean Song, Interim Assistant Director, Academic and Clinical Engagement, Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 
    • Mentor:  Cynthia Henderson, Associate Dean, Health Sciences Libraries; Director, Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 

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