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Participants in 2017-2018 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Announced

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) are pleased to announce the members of the 2017-2018 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, 49 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 Boston.

Information about the program is available at:

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows and Mentors 2017-2018

  • Amy Allison, MLS, Associate Director, Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    • Mentor: Cynthia Robinson, MA, AHIP, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services, Director, Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research & Learning Commons, Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
  • Robin Champieux, MLIS, Research Engagement and Open Science Librarian, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
    • Mentor: Janice Jaguszewski, MSLIS, Associate University Librarian and Director, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota, Bio-Medical Library, Minneapolis, MN
  • Deidre (Dede) Rios, MS, PhD, Director of Optometric & Clinical Library Services, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
    • Mentor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, PhD, Professor and Director of Libraries, Augusta University, Augusta, GA
  • Linda Van Keuren, MLS, AHIP, Senior Associate Director for Resources & Access Management, Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC
    • Mentor: Barbara Bernoff Cavanaugh, Associate Director, STEM Libraries; and Director, Biomedical Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Philip Walker, MLIS, MSHI, Interim Directer, Annette & Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
    • Mentor: Teresa L. Knott, MLS, MPA, AHIP, Associate University Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, and Director, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice and is a leader in information innovation. As one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health, NLM advances research in biomedical informatics and data science and is the world's largest medical library. Millions of scientists, health professionals and the public use NLM services every day.