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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

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Alumni News Update

10/27/2014 - 2011 Mortenson Center Associate Heba Mohamed Ismail

Heba Ismail Accepts Award

Heba Mohamed Ismail (2011 Associate) presented a poster session with her colleague Rasha Essmat entitled, “ICS: A Success Story” at the 2011 American Library Association annual conference about their work with the Integrated Care Society (ICS) and the damage to its libraries during the Egyptian revolution. Since then she has continued her studies and in 2013 won the Honor Award from the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI) in recognition of her accomplishments. She won yet another award this year from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo in recognition of her ongoing civic engagement (pictured on left).

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24th Annual Mortenson Center Distinguished Lecture

Lecture Card

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

graduation 2014

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.