The National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries has named Stephanie Kerns, M.L.S., associate university librarian for information and research services for the OHSU Library, to its jointly sponsored leadership fellows program. The program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries through a year-long mentoring relationship with a director of another library and a curriculum focused on developing leadership knowledge critical to enhancing the value of libraries in their institutions. Kerns is one of 10 fellows and mentors from academic health sciences libraries across the U.S. who will begin their program in November.
In her current role, Kerns provides leadership, vision, and management for the OHSU Library’s liaison, education and outreach programs, library service desk, and collections services. She was previously the head of information and access services at the Hirsh Health Science Library at Tufts University in Boston, and served as education and outreach and curriculum librarian at the Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University in Chicago. She has also worked Pepperdine University, California State University, University of Southern California, and Georgetown University. Kerns is an active member of the Medical Library Association, having served as chair of the educational media and technology section, and currently serving on the MLA Technology Advisory Committee. Kerns received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Since the NLM/AAHSL leadership fellows program began in 2002, 27 fellow graduates have assumed director positions. Read more about the leadership fellows program here.