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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 ...


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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Now Taking Applications for 2015 Associates Program

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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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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



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

Agreement Signing

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