Congrats to the New Leadership Program Fellows & Mentors

Congratulations to the fellows and mentors chosen for the 2013-2014 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program.

According to the statement posted on the MLA-LMS listserv, “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 and will visit the libraries of their mentors.”

More information about the program is available at

Although I haven’t seen a non-academic librarian accepted in a while, the program isn’t limited to just academic librarians.  Hospital librarians and librarians from other library environments can and should apply if  they have a “strong interest in pursing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries.”


Debra R. Berlanstein

Associate Director, Hirsh Health Sciences Library
Tufts University

Mentor: Thomas G. Basler

Director, Libraries and Learning Resource Centers
Chair, Department of Library Science and Informatics
Medical University of South Carolina

Renée Bougard

National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Librarian
National Library of Medicine

Mentor: Pamela S. Bradigan

Assistant Vice President, Health Sciences
Director, Health Sciences Library
Ohio State University

 Tara Douglas-Williams

Division Head for Information Services/Library Manager
Morehouse School of Medicine

Mentor: Barbara Bernoff Cavanaugh

Associate Director, Health Sciences Libraries, and Director, Biomedical Library
University of Pennsylvania

 Deborah L. Lauseng

Assistant Director, Academic and Clinical Engagement Taubman Health Sciences Library
University of Michigan

Mentor: Anne Linton

Director, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library
George Washington University

 Alexa Mayo

Associate Director for Services
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland

Mentor: Christine D. Frank

Director, Library of Rush University Medical Center

Dongming Zhang

Associate Director for Advanced Technologies and Information Systems
Welch Medical Library
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Mentor: Gerald J. Perry

Director, Health Sciences Library
University of Colorado Denver

2 thoughts on “Congrats to the New Leadership Program Fellows & Mentors”

  1. Thanks for the post! You are exactly right about the program’s emphasis on the career goal of applicants. While the selected cohort has not included a fellow currently employed in a hospital library in several years, it typically includes persons with extensive prior hospital library experience–including this group. This class also includes a fellow working in a government library setting (NLM).

  2. This is wonderful and congratulations to all the fellows! It is so nice to see our profession keep growing and supporting each other in all stages of a career. There are also some wonderful opportunities for people just entering the profession to gain valuable practical experience in the unique world of medical libraries. UMass Medical has just started a 2 year Fellowship program to give beginning medlib professionals hands on, in depth training. I encourage people to check it out, even just as a model for how we can better train new graduates (plus they are still looking to hire some more Fellows)- – It is a great way for medlibs to build a skilled foundation and encourage growth. I just love to see how supportive our profession is at all levels. Thanks again for sharing!

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