NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2009-2010

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 libraries.

“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 positions.

“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.”

Program Overview

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 segments).

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 sciences libraries;

· 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 fellows;

· 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,

Carolyn Sosnowski, MLIS

Information Specialist


331 S. Patrick St.

Alexandria, VA 22314-3501 USA

Tel: +1.703.647.4914 Fax: +1.703.647.4901


Alhambra Area Lunch Meeting/Networking Opportunity

SLA-SCC would like to invite all librarians, information professionals, library support staff and students in the San Gabriel area for lunch at 12:30pm! Enjoy a delicious meal and meet/network with your colleagues in the area. Bring your co-workers with you! The more the merrier.

Charlotte Wixx-Daniel, Librarian/Learning Resources Manager at PLATT COLLEGE will be hosting this area lunch meeting at
Tony Roma's
68 W. Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801

Separate checks will be issued for lunch. Questions? Email Belinda Beardt at

Dinner and a Movie!

What: Dinner and a Movie!
When: July 9 @ 5:30 p.m.
Where: Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
75 Alta Road
Stanford, CA 94305-8090
Parking: Parking is free at the Center
Cost: $15 for SLA members; $20 nonmembers, $12 SLIS student, $12 unemployed SLA member
Deadline for sign-up: July 3

Space is limited, so please sign up early.

For Movie Night in the San Andreas Chapter, we'll start with an informal meal of pizza and salad, then screen the long-anticipated film, The Hollywood Librarian.

"Ann Seidl's The Hollywood Librarian is an engaging, often humorous look at the disparity between the simplistic depictions of bun-wearing, finger-shushing, spinster librarians served up in Hollywood feature films and the far more complex reality of today's savvy information navigators--of both genders, with or without tattoos and/or piercings." -- Randy Pitman, Video Librarian Magazine.

Thanks to Tricia Soto for hosting us! The Center is on a wooded hilltop west of Junipero Serra Boulevard, overlooking Stanford University campus to the east.

DEADLINE: Make sure your registration form & check are received by July 3.

Print, fill out and send the form as soon as you can with your check to: SLA Reservations, c/o AIM Library & Information Staffing, P.O. Box 391210, Mountain View, CA 94039-1210.

Keep an eye on SLA and related events in the Bay Area -- check out the "San Andreas Events" Google calendar. Click on the link in the top right corner of the Chapter blog webpage:

Patricia Parsons & Jean Bedord
Program Directors
San Andreas Chapter of SLA

Official deadline for registration is July 3. Space is limited, so please sign up early.

To register for the July 9th program...

Send your check payable to "San Andreas Chapter of SLA" and the registration form to:

SLA Reservations
c/o AIM Library & Information Staffing (AIM)
P.O. Box 391210
Mountain View, CA 94039-1210

Name: _____________________________________________

Telephone: _________________________________________

E-Mail: _____________________________________________

Employer/Affiliation: ___________________________________

SLA Member (@$15): ____ SLIS Student (@$12): _____

Unemployed Member (@$12): _____Non Member/Guest (@$20): ____

Check enclosed for: ____________

Thanks for signing up for Movie Night!

Neighborhood Dinners

Join your colleagues at one of our informal Neighborhood Dinners. Take this opportunity to network, share knowledge, and have a little fun with your fellow SLAers. Choose a potluck or a dutch-treat dinner at a restaurant. Did you attend the Annual Conference last week? Please sign up for a dinner and share your impressions while sharing a meal.

Registration is easy. Choose a venue, note the deadline for the RSVP, then contact the Host to sign-up for the dinner.

Here are the options, for your delectation:

Menlo Park - Friday, June 26
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Café Baronne
Next to Keplers on El Camino at Santa Cruz Avenue. Next to Menlo Park train station. Free parking in ramp next door/below.
Host (contact her by COB 6/25) : Helen Losch
Comment: “Let’s get together for a relaxed early dinner or just drinks at Café Baronne on Friday. Hey afterwards you could go right next door and visit Kepler’s Bookstore to browse the shelves.”

Palo Alto - Monday, June 29
Time: 6:15 p.m.
Place: Jade Palace (Chinese haute cuisine)
151 S. California Avenue in Palo Alto 94306
Host (contact her by noon 6/29): Mary Beth Train - or
Comments: "I'm looking forward to seeing you again or meeting you! Good reviews on Yelp. If the food is half as good as the owners' families are nice, we're in for a treat!"

Redwood City - Tuesday June 30
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Citrine Bistro
Located at the Redwood City train station. Parking at Sequoia station or in the Jefferson Garage (free for the first 1.5 hours).
Host (contact her by COB 6/29): Helen Losch,
Comment: "This casual restaurant is all about providing fresh organic food from fresh local ingredients, served in a relaxed atmosphere. You order and pay at the front and the food will be delivered to our table. Any tips are donated to the local food bank."

San Mateo - Wednesday, July 1
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Kingfish
201 South B Street (at 2nd), downtown San Mateo, CA 94401. Street parking; parking garage across the street at 2nd and Main.
Host (contact her by COB 6/29): Leslie Fisher,
Comments: "I'm 'jazzed' about you joining me at this almost New Orleans venue."

*And by decree, we've added July 7th to our week of San Andreas Chapter Neighborhood Dinners (talk about a long tail!):

Newark - Tuesday, July 7
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse
5699 Mowry Ave, Newark (the west side of Hwy 880, north of Newpark Mall)
Host (contact her by COB 7/6): Lee Pharis
Comments: "I am not going to SLA, so anyone who has gone who wants to join us to share would be especially welcome."

Are you LinkedIn? Personal Branding Best Practices and Social Networking Etiquette

Event: Are you LinkedIn? Personal Branding Best Practices and Social Networking Etiquette
Event Date: 07/08/2009
Location City: Los Angeles
Location State: California

SLA-SCC and SLA-UCLA Student Chapter proudly presents...

Are you LinkedIn? Personal Branding Best Practices and Social Networking Etiquette

* What is LinkedIn? How does it work?
* What are personal and professional uses of LinkedIn?
* How do you effectively use it?

Speaker: Christian Gray, Business Development at Reprints Desk Inc.

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Time: 5:30 p.m. Registration/Networking
6:00 p.m. Greek Buffet
7:00 p.m. Program

Cost: $25 SLA/SCALL/LACASIS Members; $15 Student/Retired/Unemployed; $35 Non-Members

Location: UCLA GSEIS Bldg. Room 111

Parking and Directions: To park on the UCLA campus, one must buy a daily permit from a UCLA Parking Kiosk. The nearest kiosk is at the Westwood Plaza off of Sunset Boulevard. Occasionally, permits are sold at individual parking lots on campus. Daily parking at UCLA is $9.00. The closest parking structures to the GSE&IS Building are Lots 3 and 5.

From the North (San Fernando Valley, Burbank, Central California Valley): Take the 405 freeway south through the Sepulveda Pass. Take Sunset Boulevard east until Royce Drive on the UCLA campus. Take a right on Royce Drive (Stone Canyon Drive above. Royce is the new name for Stone Canyon Drive on the UCLA campus. The GSE&IS Building is on the corner of Royce Drive and Charles E. Young Drive North.

From the South (LAX, Orange County, San Diego):
Take the 405 freeway north until the Sunset Boulevard exit. Once on Sunset Boulevard heading east, follow the instructions above.

From the East (Downtown Los Angeles, the Inland Empire):
Take the 10 freeway east until the 405 freeway. Take the 405 freeway north until the Sunset Boulevard exit. Once on Sunset Boulevard heading east, follow the instructions above.

----------------------------------REGISTRATION FORM---------------------------------------------------

Please complete registration form and mail it with your check payable to SLA-SCC no later than July 3rd to:
Belinda Beardt
P.O. Box 548
Burbank, CA. 91503

Name: _____________________________________________________

Affiliation: __________________________________________________

Email/Phone: _______________________________________________

[ ] $25 SLA/SCALL/LACASIS Members
[ ] $15 Student/Retired/Unemployed
[ ] $35 Non-Members

Questions? Email Belinda Beardt at