ASPPH staff on April 11 met with the current leadership of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) to discuss legislative and regulatory issues of common interest. Representing AAHSL were Neil Rambo, AAHSL President and Director, NYU Health Sciences Library, NYU Langone Medical Center; Jane Blumenthal, AAHSL President-Elect and Associate University Librarian for Health Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and, Ruth Riley, AAHSL Immediate Past President and Assistant Dean for Executive Affairs and Director of Library Services, University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
The AAHSL leadership voiced serious concerns about the Trump Administration’s proposed funding cuts in the National Institutes of Health budget, and especially the proposed cuts in Facilities & Administrative costs (or indirect costs). The impact of F&A cuts on libraries could be severe, as would potential cuts in the budget of the National Library of Medicine. Tony Mazzaschi, ASPPH Senior Director for Policy and Research, shared the AAHSL leadership’s concerns. He also highlighted ASPPH’s advocacy agenda and priorities.
The AAHSL leadership also discussed recent AAHSL task force activities focused on both competency-based education and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Both AAHSL and ASPPH agreed to collaborate on legislative issues of shared interest.