[PSR-News] Call for NLM/AAHSL Fellows Applications - August 3 DEADLINE
heidits at library.ucla.edu
Mon Jul 13 11:15:45 PDT 2009
Getting this program, jointly sponsored by the National Library of
Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL, on your radar! See details below.
Heidi Thiessen Sandstrom
Associate Director, NN/LM PSR
heidits at library.ucla.edu
NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2009-2010
Call for Applications
The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased
to announce the 2009-2010 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
"The partnership with NLM has demonstrated its value in encouraging and
preparing the next generation of leaders of our libraries," said AAHSL
president Julia Sollenberger. "Its merit is recognized by institutions
across the country as they recruit for director positions."
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 up to five
fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.
Thirty-five fellows have participated in the program since its
inauguration in 2002. To date, thirteen fellows have assumed director
"The program was key in securing my job as director and continues to
sustain me," noted Neville Prendergast, fellow, class of 2007-2008, and
director at Tulane University. "It provided the learning environment to
interact with my mentor and other leading directors very willing to
share their ideas and experience. It places you in the position of
'thinking like a director.'"
Chris Shaffer, fellow, class of 2006-2007, and university librarian at
Oregon Health & Science University, said, "My mentor 'opened the books'
to me and taught me about budgets of public and private universities. As
a new director, I often turn to the other fellows in my cohort for
advice and community, and I can get support from all the mentors who
have participated in the program."
Gary Freiburger, mentor, class of 2008-2009, and director at University
of Arizona, stated, "My fellow's visit to our library gave me a chance
to see our operations through fresh eyes. As a mentor, I not only have
the chance to rethink my assumptions, I also have the benefit of working
with a cohort of directors who share information and experiences."
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; Web-based
courses and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and a
two-week site visit to the mentor's home library (in one or two-week
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
* 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
* 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 3, 2009, deadline for
potential fellows and mentors for the 2009-2010 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. Applications from qualified minority
candidates are encouraged. Mentors should have at least five years'
experience as director of an academic health sciences library.
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,
carolynlipscomb at cs.com.
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