The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) provides opportunities for recent library/information science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship. The program combines curriculum and project efforts at the NLM on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.
Program Learning Objectives
The NLM-AFP offers an insider’s view of the world’s largest medical library. The program will provide knowledge and skills in project efforts ranging from:
Data wrangling, data analysis, data visualization, programming, and data policy
Policy and standards analysis and development
Creation of online tutorials and educational videos, conducting user needs assessments
Development of an in-depth understanding of the development, production, implementation of NLM product and services
The program also offers opportunities for professional development through:
Participation in lectures, exercises, short and extended visits to other health sciences libraries
Attendance at local and national conferences, including the Medical Library Association annual meeting
Workshops on work style, resume review, negotiation, and presentation skills
Mentorship from a program coordinator and NLM staff who serve as preceptor
This appointment is a twelve month residency research appointment starting September 1, 2021 and ending August 31, 2022. A second year appointment may be possible upon recommendation of NLM contingent on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.
Annual stipend of $59,534
Health Insurance Supplement $500 per month - Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
Relocation Allowance, for participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from the assigned facility
Training and Travel Allowance for attendance at local and national conferences
Nature of Appointment
The appointment is full-time at NIH NLM in the Washington, DC area. Participants do not become employees of NLM, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.
While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with NLM or any other agency, this opportunity will require a suitability investigation/background investigation. Any offer made is considered tentative, pending favorable outcome of the investigation.
This program, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Library of Medicine (NLM).
The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship program is open to those who meet the following qualifications:
Hold United States or Canadian Citizenship
Be at least 18 years old by August 1, 2021
Have earned an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited master's degree, by August 2021 or within the previous two years
Preferred Qualifications include:
United States Citizenship
Work Experience in a library or health sciences environment
Demonstrated interest or experience in leadership
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: NIH-NLM-2020-0014
ORISE is a U.S. Department of Energy asset that is dedicated to enabling critical scientific, research, and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system by providing world class expertise in STEM workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination.