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Participants in 2010-2011 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Announced

The fellows and mentors selected for the 2010-2011 class of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) have been announced.

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. Selection is recognition of a substantial record of accomplishment and demonstrable potential. The program provides a combination of in-person and virtual learning experiences for fellows and offers the opportunity to work collaboratively with the class of participants. Fellows are paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors and will visit the libraries of their mentors.

Information about the program is available at:


Tania P. Bardyn

Associate Director for Public Services

Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

University of California, Los Angeles

Mentor: Julia F. Sollenberger

Associate Vice President and Director,

Medical Center Libraries and Technologies

Edward G. Miner Library

University of Rochester Medical Center


Keith Cogdill

Director, South Texas Regional Information Services

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Mentor: Cynthia L. Henderson

Executive Director

Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library

Howard University


Kelly R. Gonzalez

Deputy Director

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Library

Mentor: Barbara A. Epstein


Health Sciences Library System

University of Pittsburgh


Deborah Sibley

Interim Director of Libraries/Associate Director of Libraries

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Library

Mentor: Brett Kirkpatrick

Associate Vice President for Academic Resources and

Director of Libraries

University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston


Susan Nash Simpson

Associate Director of Operations

Laupus Library

Division of Health Sciences

East Carolina University

Mentor: Jean P. Shipman


Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

University of Utah


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