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Program Objectives (Back to the top)

The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year program component. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. The Associate Fellows are introduced to a wide range of technologies and skills used in managing information at a national library. The program provides an opportunity to:

Appointments for Associate Fellows are made for one year with a stipend of $46,041 (2007 GS-9/1, DC area) plus a monthly health insurance stipend. Associate Fellows are expected to complete the full training program (September-August).

Application Deadline: February 15, 2008

Program Features (Back to the top)

The National Library of Medicine carries out its programs through:

The fellowship is divided into two phases, the first being a structured curriculum and the second being project-sourced.

Phase I (September-January). The Associate Fellows receive training in all components of the NLM's operations. The curriculum is divided into 18 different functional units. These units vary in length and topics and may include:

  1. Management
  2. Administration
  3. Collection Development
  4. Organization of Information
  5. NLM Technology
  6. Document Delivery
  7. Preservation
  8. Collection Management
  9. Customer Service, Training, User Support
  10. Services to Special Populations
  11. Intramural and Extramural Research
  12. National and International Leadership
  13. Information Products
  14. Consumer Health Information
  15. Policy and Standards Development
  16. Education and Training of Biomedical Information Professionals
  17. Communication and Promotion
  18. Project Management, Research and Evaluation

The training is done through lectures, discussion, selected hands-on experience and formal classes. In addition to the technical aspects, there is an emphasis on the research activities and management aspects of each topic. The purpose of this training is to develop problem-solving skills through experience in a large-scale, diverse and highly technical work environment. During this phase, the Associate Fellows also have site visits to other libraries in the area.

Phase II (February-August). The latter half of the program focuses on individualized projects related to the study, research, and evaluation of NLM programs and services. Each Associate Fellow selects two projects of three to seven months duration, with a staff member guiding each project. The results are delivered in written reports and informal presentations. The purpose of the projects is to create a self-directed course of study and investigation and to meet the challenge of interpreting results for decision-making in a library environment. A Spring Practicum is completed by each Associate Fellow at another library/information institution during this phase as well.

Optional Second Year. The NLM Associate Fellowship Program includes an optional second year at a library or information center in an academic health sciences center, hospital, or other health-related organization. The additional year provides an opportunity to develop skills and gain experience in working with administrators, librarians, health professionals, system developers, and educators to design and implement information services that are integrated with clinical and/or educational programs and contribute directly to accomplishing the parent institution's mission.

Contact Us:

Questions about the program may be addressed to:

Program Coordinator, NLM Associate Fellowship Program
8600 Rockville Pike
Building 38, Room 2N-05, MSC 3818
Bethesda, MD 20894
Phone: (301) 435-4083
Fax: (301) 480-2370

Program Coordinator (Back to the top)

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), managed and operated by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), administers this program for the National Library of Medicine through an interagency agreement with the Department of Energy.

Last reviewed: 10 April 2008
Last updated: 10 April 2008
First published: 24 September 2003
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