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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 ...

2016 IFLA Congress Informational Webinar Available for Download

This online session, Attend the 2016 IFLA Congress: An Orientation Webinar, provides an introduction to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), its 2016 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Columbus, OH (, rationale for attending, and ways to get the most out of participating. Also, you will learn about funding that CALA will make available to support congress participation.

Join us for an informative session with professionals who have been actively engaged in IFLA, its congresses and held leadership positions in the association. This webinar co-sponsored by the Chinese American Librarians Association Professional Development Task Force and the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs.

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#MortensonIn3 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

3 words

What three words would you use to describe your experience at the Mortenson Center? Take a photo with your words and post it to our Facebook page, Instagram, or  Twitter with the hashtag ‪#‎MortensonIn3‬. We'll feature your photo in this album!

Applications for Global Connections Program Due March 15th

May 28 Group

Be among the first group of national and regional 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 Global Connections 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.

Update on 2014 Associate Bhakti Ranjan Gala


2014 Associates

Bhakti Gala continues her professional advancements in the new year as a member of the ALA IRRT Membership Committee 2015-16. She has written a short article, 'The Advocacy Approach: Networking and Online Volunteering' in International Leads with reference to the Mortenson Center program's contribution to her volunteering activities. Congratulations, Bhakti! 

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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.

Read more about the Lecture

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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!

Read about the Award