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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its 2016-2017 cohort of Associate Fellows, in a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.
The NLM Associate Fellowship Program offers a formal curriculum with exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of the services and product of the National Library of Medicine.
The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:
Supported attendance at national professional conferences, including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
• Additional seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus
• Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
• Experienced mentors from National Library of Medicine staff
• Potential to complete a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States
The Fellowship offers:
• A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($52,668 in 2015)
• Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
• Up to $1,500 in relocation funding
Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2016. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.
Application deadline is February 12, 2016. Between 4 and 6 fellows will be selected for the program.
Applications and additional information are available on the Web at https://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/applicinfo.html
Contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Library of Medicine is located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. The 317-acre campus boasts plenty of green space, where we have regular cultural events for staff and the public. Excellent restaurants, shops, transportation, and entertainment make Bethesda a great place to work, and the wealth of museums, monuments, parks, sports and cultural activities in the Washington metropolitan area provides ample recreation opportunities. There is free parking, along with a metro subway station and bus stops on the NIH campus that provide access to DC, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia.
NLM and NIH are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects diversity. NLM hires, promotes, trains, and provides career development based on merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity), parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or political affiliation.
(NOTE: UAA/APU Consortium Library Science Librarian, Daria O. Carle, is a former NLM Associate and would be happy to share her experience or to answer any questions that you may have about the Fellowship Program.)