From the GMR: NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2013-2014 Call for Applications

This is a great opportunity for mid-career librarians to gain leadership skills!
NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2013-2014
Call for Applications

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased
to announce the 2013-2014 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored
by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL
Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for
the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries.
“NLM continues to be pleased with the success of this collaboration with
AAHSL,” said NLM director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. “Since 2002, this
leadership program has been invaluable in preparing library managers who
are rising stars to move into directorship positions.”
AAHSL president M.J. Tooey said, “AAHSL was one of the early organizations
to recognize the importance of identifying and preparing future leaders.
Our program, in partnership with NLM, has for more than a decade been a
model for best practices in association leadership development programs.
We are justifiably proud of the program and of the future leaders it has
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. In addition to the individual
relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working
collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program
faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort.
The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning
community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules.
The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows
and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.
Fifty-five fellows have participated in the program in the first eleven
classes. To date, twenty-two fellows have been appointed to director
“The program has been invaluable to me as I guide and develop a library at
a new medical school,” said Nadine Dexter, fellow, class of 2006-2007, and
director at University of Central Florida. “I am using many of the
concepts and principles, as well as tapping into the network of
colleagues. Even when the program is over, ideas and connections
Tania Bardyn, fellow, class of 2010-2011, and director, University of
Washington, said, “The things taught in the program are not just about
being a director, but about the means of leading, identifying the key
issues we face today in health sciences libraries, and thinking of it as
your ticket to change librarianship.”
Evelyn Morgen, mentor, class of 2011-2012, and director at University of
Connecticut, stated, “I think both of us–my fellow and I–added to our
leadership skills and to our understanding of current issues facing
academic medical libraries. It was especially interesting to see all this
from the perspective of multiple institutions and ranges of career
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; webinars and
discussions on issues related to library leadership; and two weeks of site
visit to the mentor’s home library.
The program is designed to:
• Introduce fellows to leadership theory and practical tools for
implementing change at organizational and professional levels;
• Introduce fellows to critical issues facing academic health sciences
• 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 and its
institutional leadership under the guidance of their mentors;
• Examine career development and provide models of directors to fellows;
• Create a cohort of leaders who will draw upon each other for support
throughout their careers;
• Promote diversity in the leadership of the profession; and
• Offer recognition to emerging leaders and enhance the competitive
standing of fellows as they pursue director positions.
The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is currently accepting
applications and nominations for the August 1, 2013, deadline for
potential fellows for the 2013-2014 experience. Candidates for fellow
should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic
health sciences libraries, as well as significant management experience.
Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health
sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings.
Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.
Directors with at least five years’ experience as director of an academic
health sciences library should indicate preliminary interest in being
matched as a mentor by contacting the AAHSL Future Leadership Committee by
August 1.
The program brochure, including information on program design, schedule,
and application process, is available at
For more information about the program, please contact Carolyn Lipscomb,
Program Manager, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee,


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