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Sewell Fund Learning Fellowships

Call for Librarian Applicants for the 2009/2010 Sewell Fund Learning Fellowships.  The application deadline is April 15, 2009.

The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund will award two 12-month, paid “Learning Partnerships” placing experienced health sciences librarians within leading health care organizations for the purpose of both partners gaining a greater understanding of how best information sciences can be effectively applied in each environment.  This on-the-edge fellowship offers mid-career librarians the opportunity to be fully immersed in the environment of a health care organization.  The fellow will participate in team settings designed to utilize the librarian’s skills and knowledge in non-traditional ways, resulting in a tangible and valuable contribution to the host organization.  For more information about the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, the Learning Partnerships, fellowship application process, and eligibility requirements, please visit the Sewell Fund website at http://www.sewellfund.org/LearningPartnerships2009.htm.

Although only two Fellowships will be awarded, three Host Organizations have been selected to vie for the placements. They include:

The Preston A. Wells, Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy at the University of Florida, Shands/UF Hospital, and the UF Health Sciences Library in Gainesville are working together to experience how librarians can truly be members of the health care team. They are designing a position called a “clinical patient informationist”. This unique health care practitioner would work alongside clinicians and patients to directly impact patient care and outcomes.

San Antonio Metropolitan Public Health District’s mission is to provide leadership and services for San Antonio and Bexar County to prevent illness and injury, promote healthy behaviors, and protect against health hazards. As a local governmental public health agency Metro Health works at the front line of community health by providing essential health surveillance, laboratory services, education and outreach, emergency response programs, regulatory activities and policy interventions. The Learning Partnership Librarian will take a leadership role in the development and implementation of two major department initiatives: (1) A comprehensive Employee Education & Development Program; and (2) An Information & Communications program to expand the use of information technology to promote awareness of Metro Health resources and services and respond to public information needs.  Supplementing Metro Health as host of a Learning Partnership Librarian, the San Antonio Regional Campus of The University of Texas School of Public Health and the University of Texas Health Science Center Library have committed as partners to provide resources and mentorship for the Learning Partnership.

The Public Health Foundation (PHF), incorporated in the District of Columbia, is a national, non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a clear focus on improving public health infrastructure and the performance of public health agencies and systems. For more than 35 years, PHF has been on the forefront of initiatives designed to strengthen and improve the infrastructure and performance of systems that protect and promote the public’s health.  The mission of PHF is:  Improving public health infrastructure and performance through innovative solutions and measurable results. This mission aims to help PHF achieve its ultimate vision to create “a high-performing public health system that protects and promotes health in every community.”

More information about the host organizations can be found on the Sewell Fund website at http://www.sewellfund.org/LearningPartnerships2009.htm

Eligibility:

Only those individuals with an MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-approved university program are eligible to apply for the fellowship.  Candidates must be mid-career; applicants who have just finished their MLS will not be considered.

Must be available for a full-time, 12-consecutive-month fellowship.

Candidates must be United States citizens or have met the requirements of I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification for employment in the United States prior to application for the fellowship Prepare to sign a Partnership Agreement with the Host Organization and the Sewell Fund which specifies performance and reporting expectations.

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