Recent School of Information and Library Science graduate Nicole Lehotsky (MSLS ’13) has been selected for the Associate Fellowship Program at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. The one-year training program offers fellows the opportunity to learn more about health sciences information services and it is designed “to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research.” The program includes an optional second year to work in an academic health sciences center, hospital or other health-related organization. Along with gaining leadership skills and exposure to advancements in technologies, issues and trends and other activities that are shaping the field of information and library science, fellows receive a stipend of $51,630 and monthly health insurance.
"I am so thrilled for the opportunity that the Associate Fellowship provides and am honored to have been selected,” said Lehotsky. “I am excited that my next step after graduation will be not just a job, but an established program that will provide training and allow for growth and development as I enter the profession. I can't wait to get started."
Lehotsky completed an internship last summer in the Music Library at National Public Radio (NPR). She spent the last year working as a research assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library where she worked on NC Health Info (the library's consumer health information Web site). She also assisted with developing ideas for a new user interface for the public to access health information and library services and managing volunteer editors during a shift from using GoogleDocs for collaboration to LibGuides.
In addition to her MSLS, Lehotsky obtained her Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education, Music History and English from Youngstown State University graduating with highest honors.