Penn Libraries is pleased to announce that Barbara Bernoff Cavanaugh, Director of Penn’s STEM Libraries, has been selected as a Mentor in the 2017-2018 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.

The Leadership Fellows 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. In this highly competitive program, Cavanaugh will be one of ten fellows and mentors from academic health sciences libraries across the U.S. who will begin their work together this month.

“Serving as a mentor means taking a fresh look at what it means to lead an academic health sciences library,” says Cavanaugh, “It means looking at one’s own institution through another’s eyes. A wonderful give-and-take relationship blossoms between mentor and mentee.” Since the program began in 2002, 49% of all fellow graduates have assumed director positions.  More information about the program is available at