Applications now open for NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program 2019/2020 — deadline June 22

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2019/2020 fellowship. The application information has full program details, and details about past years’ cohorts and program reports are available on the AAHSL Leadership program webpage. Submit your application by June 22th to be considered for the 2019/2020 cohort.Instructions for applying can be found starting on page 7 of the application information. Potential fellows should complete the <> Fellows Online Information Form and upload the supporting document with the form OR submit them electronically to AAHSL by June 22, 2019 by emailing packets to  Please note: If you are a “New User” to the AAHSL Website and email lists, you will need to “Register”
to access the form.

The Leadership Fellows Program recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching and supporting the mission of academic health sciences libraries, and actively seeks applications from individuals with varying identities and backgrounds.

Information for potential mentors is also available in the application information brochure on page 11. Letters/emails of interest in becoming a mentor should be sent electronically to by June 22, 2019.

PLEASE share this announcement with other colleagues who may be interested in the program.

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. Fellows have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment.
They are paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors, NLM and AAHSL, will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is designed for librarians with prior management experience. In most cases, a minimum of five years is the baseline for candidates to be given consideration. Applicants should have strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, regardless of type of library background or current setting.  In its commitment to diversity and inclusion, the program actively seeks applicants from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Patricia L. Thibodeau, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA
Program Director
NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

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