Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders: From NLM Associate Fellow to Health Sciences Library Director

Meet other library leaders who were once NLM associate fellows: Kris Alpi, Lori E. Harris, Shannon Jones, Mellanye Lackey, Anne Linton, Alison E. Rollins, Catherine B. Soehner, and Tanner Wray.

Stephen Kiyoi | 2010-2011 Associate

informal headshot of Stephen KiyoiCurrent position
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Library (ZSFG)

When did you become director?

September 2012

What was your career path that led to your current position?

I began as director of the ZSFG Library after the second year of the NLM Fellowship Program, which I completed at UCLA’s Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library.

What is your educational background? Or additional training?

I have an MLIS from UCLA, a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership from UCSF, and I was a leadership fellow with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. My undergraduate degree was in English literature.

What are your top three priorities now?

Just three?

  • Equity in patient engagement.
  • Strategic planning for our education and research mission.
  • Systematically improving diversity and inclusion within health sciences libraries.

What did you learn as an Associate Fellow that you use in your position as director today?

I learned how to ask questions and learn from folks who have more expertise than I do on specific topics, and how to navigate complex organizations to arrive at rigorous, collective decisions.

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2 thoughts on “Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders: From NLM Associate Fellow to Health Sciences Library Director

  1. Impressive education, indeed. And some ignorant people might say that being a librarian is nothing special. Truly impressive range of knowledge.

  2. Thank you so much for commenting, Robert. We agree with you! Please keep reading NLM in Focus. Later this month we’ll be featuring NLM associate fellows from 10 years ago.

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