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Mortenson Center Advisory Meeting

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

1:30 p.m.

142 Undergraduate Library


Committee Members: Barbara Ford (chair), Susan Schnuer, Paula Carns, Jenny Emanuel, Kathleen Kern, Rae-Anne Montague, Wolfgang Schloer, Scott Schwartz, Lynne Rudasill, Scott Schwartz, and Karen Wei.

Carnegie and MacArthur Africa grants were three year grants beginning in 1995. They have been renewed until 2011 for the purpose of finishing projects. In May Atoma Batoma will travel to Uganda and be instructing on the topic of Cataloging on behalf of the Center. Beth Woodard and Lisa Hinchliffe will also conduct training in May in Ghana. The Center is pleased to be able to include library staff in these programs.

Shuyong Jiang and Karen Wei are Co-P.I.s on an IMLS/ China grant. This is a high profile program begun as a Bush presidential initiative and involves three phases. (1) Bringing Chinese Librarians and Administrators to the U.S. for training, (2) taking U.S. Librarians to China, and (3) the creation of an open source portal.

The Center has published "Thinking Outside the Borders: Library Leadership in a World Community" made possible through the IMLS grant and the Illinois State Library. It is available in the center or for download on the Mortenson website.

The Center is pleased to announce Ellen Tise, the 2009-2011 President of IFLA and Senior Director of Library and Information Science at the University of Stellenbosch as the 19 th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture. On October 22 Ms. Tise will present "Isolation and Information Famine: Stifling Africa's Growth" at 4 p.m. in Room 126 at GSLIS. All are encouraged to attend and welcome to join at a reception immediately following.

February 20 th seven South African librarians were hosted for ten days at the Mortenson to learn more about faculty research support. They began with two weeks of training in South Africa, came to the Center for a 10 day program, which included visits to Purdue, Northwestern, Eastern Illinois University and attending the Digital Humanities conference hosted by GSLIS. They then went on to spend several weeks at various host libraries throughout the U.S.

The Mortenson Center began working towards a collaborative project with Russia in the early 1990's. The project lost momentum for some time until the Center was recently approached by colleagues in Russia to participate in Tolerance Institute. Mortenson staff have spoke there twice and spent time with school librarians. A return trip is being planned for November.

IFLA/OCLC Fellows will be at the Center for five days in May. This year we host six fellows hailing from Uganda, Armenia, Kenya, Pakistan, Zambia, and Serbia.

We are busy planning for the Fall Associates Program. The dates for this year's program are September 14 through October 30. We have accepted 20 applicants but anticipate having a smaller group who will actually be able to make the trip, mainly due to reduced funding. Among those who have applied this year, a librarian from Trinidad and Tobago would be first time an associate from this country. A short discussion was held on how tighter budget restrictions affect the number of associates the Center is able to support.


Prepared by: Coral Daube