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Call for Applications: NLM/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program, 2016-2017

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (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 application deadline is July 22, 2016.

“This program has been an unqualified success since its launch in 2002,” observed NLM Acting Director Betsy L. Humphreys. “We are so pleased to be a partner in it, and to witness its positive impact on the participants — both fellows and mentors — and on the management of libraries across the nation.”

AAHSL President Ruth Riley said: “The Leadership Fellows Program has an outstanding record of fulfilling AAHSL’s goal to produce the next generation of excellent executive leaders of academic health sciences libraries. In partnership with the National Library of Medicine, the Program serves as an exemplar of leadership development in library science, information technology, and academic medicine, helping to ensure that the future of academic health sciences libraries is very bright.”

The Leadership Fellows Program has been remarkably successful in helping to move well prepared leaders into AAHSL directors’ positions. Seventy-two fellows and 59 different mentors have participated in the program from 2002-2016. To date, 28 fellows have received director appointments and over 50% have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility.

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 a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

What Participants Are Saying

Fellow 2002-03: As a member of the first cohort I’ve continued to be amazed at the quality retained and further refined as the Leadership Fellows Program has evolved. The perspective it provided has continued to sustain me in the decade plus since my fellowship year.

Mentor 2011-12: The program has given me the opportunity of mentoring a talented and visionary librarian. I’ve learned at least as much as I’ve given. I now have a fresh perspective on my own leadership role at my institution and insights into other libraries. I’m looking forward to following my fellow’s career. Our profession is in good hands.

Mentor 2014-15: I found the program energizing. It gave me time and reason to focus on the big picture, instead of the miscellany of day-to-day operations, and reconnected me to some of the passion that infuses librarianship as a profession.

Fellow 2014-15: It has given me ideas and confidence to seek positions of greater leadership in the mid term. In the present, I’ve gotten some practical skills that are already useful in my current position.

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 year-long fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and two weeks of site visit to the mentor’s home library.

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 July 22, 2016 deadline for potential fellows for the 2016-2017 experience. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as prior management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Directors with at least five years’ experience as director of an academic health sciences library should indicate preliminary interest in being matched as a mentor by contacting Carol Jenkins at the address below by July 22nd.

The program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at on the AAHSL website. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee,

National Health Observances – May 2016

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of May. By supporting National health Observances, you can:

  • Educate the public about health risks
  • Organize successful health promotion events and campaigns
  • Get new ideas, information, and resources on health topics of interest.

Contact the sponsoring organization to request outreach materials and information.

Source: 2016 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

Inspiring People in Our Region: Karen Marshall, JD Founder and Executive Director, Kadamba Tree Foundation

Friday, September 11th, 2015




“… caregivers benefit from accessing services and support as early as possible in in their caregiving journeys.”







Karen Marshall, JD
Kadamba Tree Foundation
Washington, DC

What is your position?

I am the founder and Executive Director of the Kadamba Tree Foundation, a nonprofit organization that offers education and support programs to family caregivers. We serve family and friend caregivers of aging loved ones and other loved ones with long-term illnesses or disabilities.

Is there something in your own personal story that led you to do the work you do?

I was my mom’s primary caregiver before she died of cancer. A couple of months after she died, my father developed a serious heart condition. I eventually ended up leaving my career as an attorney at a large law firm to help care for him.

Although I was very close to both of my parents, I found that the circumstances surrounding their illnesses posed unique caregiving challenges. I also discovered that, in each instance, self-care was vital to effectively caring for my loved ones; so I embarked on a journey to learn how to effectively care for myself while caring for others.

That journey took me to India where I came across a necklace made from the wood of the Kadamba tree. A note attached to the necklace explained that, according to Sanskrit literature, the Kadamba tree blossoms at the sound of monsoon thunder. This story immediately reminded me of the resilience of family caregivers who often overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges to help their loved ones. Today, this symbol of hope and empowerment inspires not only Kadamba Tree Foundation’s name, but also its mission.

What do you love most about your outreach work?

I love facilitating partnerships. Whether it’s programming partnerships between organizations or comradery between fellow support group members, I enjoy bringing people and groups together to advance the caregiving mission. Despite the amount of love involved, caregiving can be very isolating. I like to think that every collaboration helps to counter at least some of that isolation.

What is the biggest challenge in what you do?

People are increasingly acknowledging the role that family caregivers play in providing the majority of our nation’s long-term care. But many family caregivers don’t necessarily realize that they’re not alone and that it’s okay to ask for help. Often, they don’t seek support or resources until they are already overwhelmed and suffering negative health consequences.

That’s why we’re always searching for resources and partnerships to help us make a positive impact on caregivers’ lives. We also look for effective ways to convey the message that family caregivers benefit from accessing services and support as early as possible in their caregiving journeys.

What do you see as the biggest health concerns in the communities you serve?

Family caregivers often experience social isolation. I worry about the impact that isolation has on their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Specifically, I’m concerned that family caregivers who experience isolation lack sufficient access to preventative care, treatment, and other resources to maintain healthy lifestyles.

How did you first come to know NN/LM SE/A?

I met an outreach librarian from the National Library of Medicine at a Caregiver Day event. Kadamba Tree was there to teach stress management practices and hosted a booth across from NLM’s booth. During a break, the outreach librarian told me about NLM’s resources for caregivers. We later became affiliate members of NN/LM SE/A.

In what ways has NN/LM SE/A been of help to you?

Our mission includes equipping family caregivers with tools and resources to assist them in their roles. Those roles include responsibility for medication management, communicating with health care providers, and ensuring continuity of care once loved ones are discharged from skilled care facilities. Thanks to NN/LM SE/A, we can direct family caregivers to reliable health information resources to help them in their caregiving roles.

Can you share a success story about the impact of health outreach in your community?

We recently presented the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving’s “Caring for You, Caring for Me” Education and Support Program for Professional and Family Caregivers to a local caregiver support group. The multi-workshop series covered caregiving skills such as taking care of yourself, building cooperative relationships, and problem solving. We also adapted the program to include a workshop featuring tutorials on NLM’s health information resources. At the end of the program, the support group members applied the skills they learned and NLM resources (e.g., DailyMed, MedlinePlus) to a case study involving a caregiver facing an issue with medication management.

The support group members were highly engaged and eager to work together to solve the problem. They not only demonstrated the ability to apply the skills and resources they had obtained, but also recounted how they had already started integrating the skills into their own lives. For instance, one participant used the program’s self-care assessment tool to initiate needed diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. At the end of the four-week series, he reported that he was already feeling more energetic and experiencing a greater sense of well-being. He also identified specific ways he planned to use NLM resources such as MedlinePlus to sustain his self-care practices.

What advice would you give others who are interested in doing health outreach work in their communities?

Seeking out strategic partners for program collaboration is vital for successful outreach. These include both funding and programming partners. Such partnerships can help you leverage your and your partners’ collective resources to expand the program’s impact.

For family caregiver outreach in particular, I recommend developing programs that meet caregivers where they are. Being prepared to adapt programs and resources to their needs can improve your chances of making a meaningful impact on caregivers’ well-being.

Learn more about the Kadamba Tree Foundation by visiting:

If you would like to share your story or suggest another person for our “Inspiring People” feature, please email Nancy Patterson, Community Outreach Coordinator at:

Ann Viera Honored by UT Institute of Agriculture

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

ThompsonVieraThe University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) has awarded librarian Ann Viera a J.E. Moss Achievement Award. Viera is Veterinary Medicine Librarian at the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library.

The J.E. Moss Achievement Award, established in memory of J.E. and Ann Moss, recognizes excellent achievement in teaching, research and extension services for the Institute of Agriculture.

To learn more about the award and award ceremony, please visit:

Call for Applications: NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2015-2016

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries, is accepting applications through July 20, 2015.

Fellows will have the opportunity to experience another library environment and to work closely with a mentor and collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The multi-faceted program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community. Candidates with a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries and with leadership experience in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings are encouraged to apply.

Sixty-seven fellows and fifty-seven different mentors have participated in the program since its beginning. To date, twenty-seven of sixty-one graduate fellows have received director appointments. Overall, 75% of fellow graduates have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility.

Download the program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee,

Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340-01 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.