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NLM/ AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2003-2004

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the second year of the 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 for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. The Program fosters and supports the development of future leaders "through a broad approach to education, mentoring and career guidance," said AAHSL president David Ginn.

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another 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. The sponsors 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; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a yearlong 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 library leaders to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels;
  • Develop meaningful professional relationships between Fellows and Mentors that give Fellows access to career guidance and support;
  • Expose Fellows to another academic health sciences library under the guidance of their Mentors;
  • Examine career development and provide models of directors to potential future academic health sciences library directors;
  • 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 currently accepting applications for the August 15, 2003, deadline, from potential Fellows and Mentors for the 2003-2004 experience. Candidates for Fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as a minimum of five years of department head level or higher responsibility, 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.