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University of South Florida

Rose Bland one of only five accepted to national Leadership Fellows Program

Rose Bland, interim director of the Shimberg Health Sciences Library, was one of only five librarians chosen nationally to participate in the Leadership Fellows Program sponsored by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and the U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.


The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, now in its 11th year, prepares emerging leaders for academic health sciences library directorships. Acceptance to the one-year program includes a series of in-person leadership training sessions, attendance at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting, a year-long fellow/mentor relationship, webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership, and a two-week site visit to the mentor’s home library.

Bland was nominated to the Leadership Fellows Program by John Curran, MD, professor of Pediatrics, associate vice president for Academic and Faculty Affairs at USF Health, and senior executive associate dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs for the Morsani College of Medicine.

In his letter nominating Bland, Dr. Curran wrote:

“I personally selected Rose Bland as the Interim Director of the Library to develop a new vision for 2020 and beyond which would position the Shimberg Library as one of the most progressive learning centers for students of the health professions, for a burgeoning research enterprise, and exceptional clinical practice meeting national and regional needs.  At a time when many academic enterprises are limiting new investment in a time of change and retrenching, the Morsani College of Medicine has opened a partner campus in Allentown, PA; is developing novel partnerships in adult communities known as the Villages which has brought major investment in personalized medicine, cardiovascular research and genomics, and the opening of a $30 MK Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in downtown Tampa.  All of these advances need vision, firm leadership, and a professional director of the Shimberg Library to set the pace for our future momentum… I believe that she clearly has the attributes to learn from the experience, apply strategies and skills learned and be a student developing into the leader that we all desire for her.”

The other four Fellows chosen for the Leadership Fellows Program represent the University of Rochester Medical Center, the University of Colorado Denver, Yale University, and the University of Florida.