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.
Find out more on our "About Us" page.
The 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.
2014 Associate Beba Stankovic
Public librarian Beba Stankovic from Serbia was an Associate in 2014. After the program, Stankovic became very involved with the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). At her home library, the Public Library ‘Ilija M. Petrovic’ Pozarevac, she helped to begin a new cycle of free courses on information literacy for retired patrons and just received money from the Serbian Ministry of Culture for a new Youth Department.
Our 2015 Associates have graduated! Representing six countries, these international librarians learned effective management and librarianship skills in addition to attending workshops on best practices, advocacy, emerging trends, and user experience.
The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs will welcome Clara M. Chu as its new director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor on
June 1, 2015. She brings more than two decades of professional knowledge and experiences to advance
the mission of the Mortenson Center in this dual role.
Dr. Chu is excited to build upon the Mortenson Center’s vision of “developing librarians worldwide.” She says, “[I see] a horizon of opportunities to train librarians who can develop libraries (personnel, services, and spaces) to foster meaningful intellectual and human connections that imbue cross-cultural and transnational understanding.”
Read more about the new director, Clara M. Chu.
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The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a $521,014 three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which will help make leadership training accessible to librarians around the world.
With the funding, the Center will work toward strengthening library training providers’ ability to deliver high-quality leadership training to public librarians in order to help them position their libraries to meet critical community needs and to offer access to information and knowledge.