REMINDER: June 15 deadline for NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program AND Zoom Information Sessions

Just a quick reminder that June 15 is the deadline for applications to the

2021/2022 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program.  The application and description of the program are available on the AAHSL website:

Have questions about the program or the application process?  Please sign up for one of two information sessions (June 3 at 3 p.m. ET, June 8 at 4 p.m.

  1. ET) by registering at this link. An invitation to the Zoom session will be sent to you the day before the session.

You can also email me at  with your questions as well.

Nominations/recommendations for potential fellows and mentors are welcome as well and can be sent to the same email address.

Below is the full announcement that went out in April.


NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program — Application announcement 2021/2022 Class


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL are pleased to announce the opening of applications  for the 2021/2022  Leadership Fellows Program.

The application deadline is June 15, 2021.

The Program seeks candidates who are emerging leaders in health sciences libraries and who are passionate about the importance of leadership skills and knowledge to the future of academic health sciences libraries.  As a leadership fellow, you will join a cohort of like-minded colleagues and become part of a network of fellows and mentors who have gone through the program over the past 18 classes.  You also belong the larger community of academic health sciences library directors.  The program raises your visibility as an emerging leader within AAHSL and the profession.

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.

Both fellows and mentors have reported how valuable the program has been to them for their own personal growth as a leader and for shaping their career as an academic health sciences library director.  The program has also had a high success rate with 54% of fellows being hired as academic health sciences library directors or interim directors, and many others being promoted to positions with higher administrative responsibilities.


Fellows:  Candidates for Fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as prior management experience. The program welcomes applications from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.  In its commitment to diversity and inclusion, the program actively seeks applicants from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

The program welcomes “self-nominations” as well as nominations from directors and colleagues.

More information on program design, the program schedule, and the application are available here.

Please help us continue this successful program by sharing this information with prospective applicants you know; and consider sharing your expertise as a mentor.

Please contact the Program Director if you have any questions or need more

information:  Patricia (Pat) L. Thibodeau, Program Director, NLM/AASHL Leadership Fellows Program, , 919-619-6906.

AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program:

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