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Welcome to the Mortenson Center

Since the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs was founded in 1991, over 1,300 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. 
Find out more on our  "About Us" page.


25th Anniversary Giving Opportunity

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Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

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  It's our 25th Anniversary this year! Go to our ANNIVERSARY page to see how we are celebrating.

2016 Projects and Initiatives


Libraries for Peace Initiative

The Mortenson Center invites libraries and librarians around the world to take part in our International Peace Day initiative. Visit the Libraries for Peace webpage ( librariesforpeace.org ) to learn about what libraries are doing to promote peace , how they can initiate their own efforts , and where these actions are taking place ; to discuss and share ideas of libraries and peacebuilding; and to serve as an information hub for an international library celebration and action day for peace.  

JOIN this Libraries for Peace (L4P) movement by going to the website to:

  1. Celebrate Library for Peace (L4P) Day on 21st September, 2016 (International Day of Peace)

  2. Pledge to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  3. Share your story of how you and/or your library are working toward building a peaceful and sustainable local and global community.

The Libraries for Peace web portal was created to advance the mission of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs , which for the past 25 years, has worked to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace. Libraries as information, education and cultural centers have a role in advancing peace internationally.

For more information, please email mortenson@illinois.edu


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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!




Mortenson Center News


26th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture and Mortenson Center 25th Anniversary Celebration Program
Friday, October 14, 2016; 1:00-5:30 pm
Alice Campbell Alumni Center


1:00-2:30
Chai Wai and Mortenson Center Dialogue: International Perspectives on Censorship, moderated by Barbara Jones, Former Director of ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, with panelists: Marianna Tax Choldin, Founding Director of Mortenson Center, and Author of Garden of Broken Statues: Exploring Censorship in Russia (2016) AND Ann Morgan, Author of T he World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe (2015)

3:00-3:30 The Investiture of Mortenson Distinguished Professor Clara M. Chu

3:30-4:00 Reception

4:00-5:30 Lecture: Reading the globe: exploring the world's literatures, discovering ourselves , by Ann Morgan (Read more ...)

5:30-6:00 Book Signing, by Ann Morgan

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Founding Mortenson Center Director Publishes Book on Censorship in Russia


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Marianna Tax Choldin, Director of the Mortenson Center from 1991-2003, recently published a book that explores a wide range of topics including censorship, librarianship, and Russian culture in the Soviet Union and Russia. The book is available for purchase online at  Amazon and  Walmart.






2016 IFLA/OCLC Fellows Visit the Mortenson Center

Five librarians from Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria, Philippines, and Serbia visited the Mortenson Center on April 26th for a day of workshops and tours.   Read more about the international librarians.

2015 Mortenson Center Associate Cajetan Onyeneke will present a paper at the open session, Agricultural Libraries Special Interests Group, at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio. 

For more information on attending the congress, you can access our online session, Attend the 2016 IFLA Congress: An Orientation Webinar. The session provides an introduction to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), its 2016 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Columbus, OH (http://2016.ifla.org), rationale for attending, and ways to get the most out of participating. 

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