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AAHSL and NLM Announce 2019/2020 Leadership Fellows and Mentors

Posted by on August 15th, 2019 Posted in: All Posts

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and the National Library of Medicine (https://www.nlm.nih.gov) are pleased to announce the members of the 2019/2020 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. The jointly sponsored program matches fellows and mentors in a one year leadership development program.  Since the program began in 2002, 54 percent of fellow graduates have assumed director positions.

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. The program provides a combination of in-person and virtual learning experiences for fellows and offers the opportunity to work collaboratively with the cohort of participants. Fellows are paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. Mentors work closely with their fellows throughout the year, and host their fellow’s visit to their library.

The candidate pool for fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Selection is competitive and recognition of a substantial record of leadership accomplishment and potential for a director position. The cohort includes five fellows and their mentors, who will begin their work together at the November AAHSL meeting in Boston.

Information about the program is available at:


2019/2020 Fellows and Mentors:

Marisa L. Conte, MLIS, AHIP, Assistant Director, Research and Informatics, Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Mentor:  Kelly R. Gonzalez, MSIS, MBA, Assistant Vice President for Library Services, Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX.

Emily Jill Glenn, MSLS, Associate Director, Education & Research Services, McGoogan Library of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE.

Mentor:  Anne K. Seymour, MSIS, Director, Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

Emily J. Hurst, MSLS, AHIP, Deputy Director and Head of Research and Education, VCU Libraries, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Mentor:  Rose L. Bland, MA, MPA, AHIP, Director, Shimberg Health Sciences Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Gail M. Kouame, MLIS, Assistant Director for Research & Education Services, Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library, Augusta University, Augusta, GA.

Mentor:  Rick L. Fought, EdD, MLIS, AHIP, Associate Professor and Director, Health Sciences Library, University Of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

Erika L. Sevetson, MS, Director of Academic Engagement for Health, Biomedical and Physical Sciences,  Brown University Library, Providence, RI.

Mentor:  Debra Rand, MS, AHIP, Associate Dean for Library Services, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and Corporate Director of Libraries for Northwell Health, Hempstead, NY.

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