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Welcome to the Mortenson Center

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 ...

Mortenson Center Awarded Grant

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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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Alumni News Update

BZone Library Space Upgrade

11/12/2014 - 2012 Mortenson Center Associate Christelle Lubbe

2012 Associate Christelle Lubbe returned to the City of Cape Town Library in South Africa and implemented many new services for her patrons. The library now has a takeaway service for quick check-outs and returns, an updated young adult section with new programming and collections, and a variety of outreach endeavors to underserved groups. Christelle has also kept busy presenting papers at Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) conferences and taking on leadership roles within the organization’s Western Cape Public and Community Library Interest Group (PACLIG).

View "The B-Zone" young adult library space upgrade PowerPoint


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Taking Applications for 2015 Associates Program Until December 1st

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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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24th Annual Mortenson Center Distinguished Lecture

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Distinguished Professor Emerita Barbara J. Ford gave the 24th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture on October 7, 2014. The lecture was scheduled in conjunction with Library Research Seminar VI.

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August 2014 Newsletter

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Paula Kaufman Becomes Interim Director

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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


The Mortenson Center in Namibia

Librarians in NamibiaMortenson Center team visits the new Oshana Regional Study and Resource Center in Namibia.










Mortenson Center Signs Agreement with NIT Silchar

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NIT Silchar signs an agreement with the University of Illinois Library and Mortenson Center.