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Oct. 24, 2006

Shaffer Selected For Leadership Fellowship

Christopher J. Shaffer, assistant director for public services at the University of Iowa Hardin Library for the Health Sciences has been selected for a leadership fellowship program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL).

In response to the confirmed need for future leadership, the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for director positions in academic health center libraries. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment.

"I've worked with Chris for many years and am thrilled by this recognition of his dedication to health science librarianship," says Linda Walton, associate university librarian and director of the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.

"Providing opportunities for our best people to develop their leadership skills is critical to the continued excellence of the UI Libraries and our profession in general," says University Librarian Nancy L. Baker. "This leadership program recognizes those pressing needs and helps emerging library leaders reach their full potential."

A mentoring relationship is a key element of this program. These leaders have been chosen for the important roles they play in their institutions and in the profession. Shaffer's mentor is Paul Schoening, director and associate dean for academic information management at the Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

The one-year program for 2006-2007 is multi-faceted: three in-person events; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges annual meeting; an ongoing fellow/mentor relationship; web-based activities and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and a two-week site visit to the mentor's home library.

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is designed for librarians with a minimum of five years of department-head level or higher responsibility, or equivalent experience. Shaffer was one of five applicants selected from a very competitive pool.

STORY SOURCE: University News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Kristi Bontrager, public relations coordinator, UI Libraries, 319-335-5960