The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) have announced the opening of applications for the 2018-2019 Leadership Fellows Program, which is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is June 15, 2018. Visit the informational brochure for full program details, listings of past years’ cohorts, and application instructions.
The purpose of the Leadership Fellows Program is to prepare 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 a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, regardless of the type of library background or current setting.
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 53% of fellows being hired as academic health sciences library directors or interim directors, and many others being promoted to positions with higher administrative responsibilities.
Information for potential mentors is also available in the application brochure. Letters/emails of interest in becoming a mentor should be sent electronically to Pat Thibodeau by June 15, 2018.