Rachel Helbing, EdD, AHIP, head of Health Sciences Libraries at University of Houston Libraries, was selected as a 2023-24 National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (NLM/AAHSL) Leadership Fellow.
The competitive program recognizes emerging leaders who have demonstrated strong potential through a considerable record of achievement. Fellows are paired with mentors for a one-year leadership development program that will prepare them for director roles in academic health sciences libraries. Helbing’s mentor is John Gallagher, MLS, of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University, who will work with her through in-person and virtual learning experiences.
Helbing holds the rank of associate librarian and has worked in consumer health, hospital, and academic health sciences libraries. Her interests include interprofessional education, clinical informatics, and evidence-based practice. Helbing earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University, as well as a Master of Library and Information Science and a Master of Science in Health Informatics, both from Kent State University. In 2022, she earned an Executive Doctor of Education Degree (EdD) in Professional Leadership with an Emphasis in Health Science Education from University of Houston.