iSchool Student Kristina V. Elliott Named National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow

iSchool Student Kristina V. Elliott Named National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow

Kristina V. Elliott has been named a 2014-2015 National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow. A May 2014 master of library science (MLS) graduate from the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, Kristina was one of only four selected for the prestigious Associate Fellowship. She will begin the yearlong program in September at the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, located on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Associate Fellowship is a postgraduate program designed to train future leaders in health sciences librarianship through a combination of coursework, hands-on skills development, training on all aspects of the library, and networking. The program also provides a generous stipend and full sponsorship to attend national conferences. Fellows are selected each year from a competitive pool of national applicants.

Kristina says she was attracted to the program due to its support for leadership development. “All my coursework and activities at the iSchool have shown me how important strong leadership is to the library field. The Fellowship program is an exciting opportunity to develop these professional skills and lead major changes that will shape the future of health libraries.”

Her coursework also supported her interest in health librarianship and gave her the interest to apply to the program. “Biology and biomedicine has always fascinated me, and when I began the MLS program, I looked for opportunities related to health sciences librarianship. My course on Health Information with Prof. Nancy Roderer and an independent study with Dr. Beth St. Jean really opened my eyes to the current technology and future possibilities in health information and knowledge.”

Kristina also interned with the National Library of Medicine for a semester, working to develop a social media strategy and guidelines for the library. “It was a great experience, and I’m so happy to be working with National Library of Medicine staff and librarians again,” she says. Kristina will be attending the Medical Library Association’s annual conference this May to present a poster on her internship research.

As an iSchool student, Kristina also completed an internship with the NOAA Central Library and worked as a Graduate Assistant for the college. Kristina is a Maryland native and earned her B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before beginning the MLS program, she worked as a researcher, editor, and writer for a national marketing software company.

Details and more information about the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship is available online at University of Maryland iSchool students with an interest in health sciences information are encouraged to apply.