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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 ...

Alumni News Update 11/23/2015

Serbian Youth DepartmentThe Mortenson Center congratulates Beba Stankovic, 2014 Associate, who just oversaw the opening of a new Youth Department in the 'Ilija M Petrovic' Public Library in Pozarevac, Serbia.

A quote from Beba: "The same day after opening we had Creative Writing Workshop for students which was held by Miomir Petrovic PhD, dramatist and writer. It was very well attended and [the] Department is working now with full steam and with lot of new young patrons."

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Associates Program Application Deadline December 1st

May 28 Group

Be among the next group of international librarians to learn effective management and librarianship skills in addition to attending workshops on best practices, advocacy, emerging trends, and user experience. Find more information on the Associates program page.

November 2015 Newsletter Available

Read about the Center staff's accomplishments during the past few months and where we'll be in 2016.

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Mortenson Center in Egypt

Staff in EgyptThe talented management team of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina working with Clara and Susan on a partnership project.

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Watch the 25th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture

2015 Lecture Card

Unable to watch or attend the the 25th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture? 

Dr. Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg will give a presentation on her work with UNESCO to ensure that the right to accessible information for persons with disabilities is respected around the world and to contribute to the full empowerment of persons with disabilities.

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Susan Schnuer Awarded IFLA Scroll of Appreciation

IFLA Award

Mortenson Center Associate Director Susan Schnuer has been recognized with IFLA's 'Scroll of Appreciation' at this year's WLIC Conference, "for her distinguished service to the international library community especially for inspiring and developing the next generation of library leaders." Congratulations to Susan!

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SILL Project: Namibia

Namibia TrainingThe Mortenson Center has begun work on its 3-year project, Strengthening Innovative Library Leaders, funded by a grant from the Gates Foundation. The first pilot training program was held in Namibia this past May.