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Since the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs was founded in 1991, over 1200 library professionals from 90 countries have participated in the Center's innovative programs. We also work with our librarian colleagues in countries around the world.
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Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

... Developing Librarians Worldwide ...

New Report on Library Leadership Programs

Gates Foundation LogoThe Global Libraries program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently released a report on library leadership programs around the world. The Cultivating Global Library Leadership report is the first of its kind – highlighting important trends in international library leadership programs and providing recommendations for improving the state of the field. It is a resource for those focused on building library leadership to ensure that libraries continue to be critical community assets.

The report explores 30 leadership programs around the world and offers practical ideas for strengthening leadership development opportunities. Among other things, the report finds that leadership programs have reached over 6,000 librarians worldwide and have offered transformative experiences that have equipped librarians to lead their libraries. 

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Alumni News Update

2/11/2015 - 2011 Mortenson Center Associate Chinwe Anunobi

Chinwe AnunobiDr. Chinwe Anunobi attended the Mortenson Center’s 2011 Summer Associates program. Since then she has published many articles on information and communication technology (ICT) implementation in peer-reviewed journals. In 2013 she gave two sessions on community engagement at the Nigerian Library Association’s Library and Information Technology Today (LITT) National Workshop. She was recently appointed University Librarian of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria.





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2015 Associates Program

graduation 2014

We have received applications from librarians and information technology specialists from 11 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. 2015 Associates will be informed of their status by December 15th, 2014.

The Mortenson Center Associates Program continues in summer 2015 with a new theme, “   Innovative, Engaged, and Responsive Libraries: A Professional Development Program for Library Leaders.”

Program dates are May 28 – June 23, 2015.

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Mortenson Center Awarded Grant

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a $521,014 three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which will help make leadership training accessible to librarians around the world.

With the funding, the Center will work toward strengthening library training providers’ ability to deliver high-quality leadership training to public librarians in order to help them position their libraries to meet critical community needs and to offer access to information and knowledge.

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August 2014 Newsletter

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Paula Kaufman Becomes Interim Director

Paula Kaufman


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Arabella Logo Arabella Advisors Release Mortenson Center Evaluation

Arabella Advisors, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, worked with the Mortenson Center's staff to articulate the impact it seeks to achieve for librarians, libraries, and their communities in the short term, interim, and long term, and to assess that impact over the past five years.  Read more