National Library of Medicine Seeks Recent Grads for Sep 2010

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

Program Details: In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s 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 library operations.

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, often including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
  • Spring Practicum at a health sciences library in the contiguous United States
  • Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
  • Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
  • Potential to compete for 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 ($50,408 in 2009)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Some relocation funding
  • Assistance in finding housing

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 2010.  Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

To Apply:  Applications and additional information are available on the Web at  Application deadline is February 5, 2010.   Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

You may also contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Coordinator, for further information.
Phone: 301-435-4083     E-mail: dunnk @ mail dot nih dot gov

One thought on “National Library of Medicine Seeks Recent Grads for Sep 2010

  1. Brenda Linares says:

    I participated in this fellowship and I highly recommended. It consists of one year at NLM in Bethesda, Maryland. Where you learn about every aspect of the library and work on special projects of your own interest. I also had the opportunity to attend MLA (Medical Library Association) conference. There is an optional second year, where you can go and work for a health sciences library, where they host you for a year. These institutions send their proposals to NLM and based on your professional interests you choose where you would like to work. This provides a hands-on training where you can put into work what you learn the first year. I was fortunate to get hired by my host institution this year.
    If you have any specific questions about the fellowship, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to answer any questions (
    If you are interested in health sciences librarianship, this is a great way to start to career.

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