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NLM/AAHSL Co-sponsor Leadership Fellows Program for Health Sciences Librarians

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the launch of a new leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) and offered in cooperation with the Association of Research Libraries’ Office of Leadership and Management Services. In response to the confirmed need for future leadership, the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders in academic health sciences libraries.

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in a new environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. The Program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to allow fellows to maintain their professional and personal lives. NLM will provide financial support for up to five fellows and will underwrite travel expenses.

Program Overview

The one-year Program design is multi-faceted: three in-person Leadership Institutes held in conjunction with national meetings; attendance at Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meetings; a fellow/mentor relationship; three web-based courses on issues related to effective library leadership and management; and a two-week site visit to the mentor’s home library (in one or two-week segments).

The Program is designed to:

  • Introduce emerging academic health sciences leaders to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels;
  • Develop professional relationships between fellows and current directors through mentoring partnerships;
  • Expose fellows to another academic health sciences library under the guidance of their mentors;
  • Create a cohort of learners who will draw upon each other for support throughout their careers; and
  • Offer recognition to emerging leaders.


The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is now accepting applications for the September 6, 2002, deadline, from potential fellows and mentors for the initial 2002-2003 experience. Candidates for fellow should have a minimum of five years of department head level or equivalent experience in an academic health sciences library, hospital library, or other library-related setting. Mentors should have at least five years experience as director of an academic health sciences library.

Complete Program information, including Program design, schedule, and application criteria, is available online at For more information about the program, please contact DeEtta Jones, Director, ARL Organizational Learning Services, by e-mail at or by phone at 202-296-2296.