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NLM Announces 2017-2018 Associate Fellows

April 26, 2017

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest biomedical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, is pleased to announce our 2017-2018 class of Associate Fellows.

Patti Brennan, the NLM Director, remarked, “In anticipating the third century of NLM, we seek and cultivate talented early-career librarians like Gabrielle Barr, Shannon Sheridan, and Nicole Strayhorn, to join us in solving complex information problems in the service of the public.  We value the Associate Fellows both for their ability to bring new solutions to the NLM challenges as well as for their commitment to serving society through information.”

The Associate Fellowship Program is a residency fellowship at NLM on the campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. The one-year program, beginning in September every year, offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy, and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage.

More information on the Associate Fellowship Program is available at:

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Gabrielle Barr received her MIS degree and a certificate in science, technology, and society from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2015. While completing her degree, Ms. Barr was employed during her first year as a reference aide at the Bentley Historical Library, where she replied to remote reference questions as well as performed clerical duties. Following a summer practicum at Harvard’s Center for the History of Medicine spent processing the papers of a maxillofacial surgeon and researching, cataloging, and photographing the moulages and dental models of World War I patients, she gained further processing experience as a student assistant at University of Michigan’s Special Collections Archives Unit. Ms. Barr since graduation has worked in the special collections of the Norfolk Public Library and as a project assistant for the Health Sciences Library at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a BA in history from Johns Hopkins University.

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Shannon 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, providing reference services for students and faculty. She also interned with the Reference Department at the Community College of Allegheny County, where she provided reference services and collaborated with other librarians on a variety of educational and outreach projects. Additionally, Ms. Sheridan 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.

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Nicole Strayhorn received her MLIS degree from Florida State University (FSU) in 2017. While completing her degree, Ms. 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 National Transportation Library of the US Department of Transportation, working on projects that focused on public access, data management, and data visualization. Ms. Strayhorn earned the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Scholarship from the Association of Research Libraries during her academic tenure at Florida State University. 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: April 26, 2017