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Call for Applicants: National Library of Medicine Associate Fellows, 2020-2021 (Deadline Fri., Jan. 24)

(via the National Library of Medicine)

The National Library of Medicine is now recruiting for the 2020-2021 NLM Associate Fellowship Program – an opportunity for recent library science graduates interested in a career as a leader in health sciences librarianship.

As an Associate Fellow, you will:

  • Select projects ranging from operations to research and development; project opportunities are in data science, data management, open science, public access, vocabularies and ontologies, consumer health, common data elements, genetics, natural language processing, imaging, digital humanities, software preservation, exhibits, policy, and digital communication
  • Grow professionally and learn in a cohort, participating in an established curriculum, as well as through informal facilitated learning workshops, and informational interviews
  • Rotate to the NIH Library (by arrangement); Clinical Informationist experience at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Network and shadow senior staff at the National Library of Medicine
  • Develop leadership skills through a leadership curriculum, behavioral assessments, and regular self-development activities
  • Receive support from experienced mentors
  • Attend national professional conferences, including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting, and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA annual meeting
  • Potentially complete a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States (based on funding)

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.

How many: between 3 and 6 Associate Fellows selected each year
Fellowship: one-year to learn about the National Library of Medicine, its products and services; a second optional year depending on funding
Where: National Library of Medicine, campus of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
When: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021
Stipend: $57,510; additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance; up to $1,500 in relocation funding
Eligibility: recent graduate (within the past two years) with a master’s in information science/library science
Deadline for applications: Friday, January 24, 2020
Apply online here
Contact information: Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301.827.4284 or dunnk@mail.nih.gov

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 2020.  Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

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