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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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Chai Wei Series & 25th Anniversary Event: Why UNESCO Matters

2016 AssociatesOn June 6th our Associates, Dr. Godwin Afebende, Nigeria; Barbara Chase, Barbados; Nicholas Graham, Jamaica; Hyunju Kim, South Korea; and Muhammad Tariq, Pakistan, lead a Chai Wai Series on information access in their communities. 25 attendees joined us for refreshments and a lively talk about literacy for all.

Mortenson Center Director Wins CALA Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Clara M. Chu, Director and Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, is the recipient of the 2015  Chinese American Librarians Association Distinguished Service Award! Dr. Chu’s contributions to Chinese American librarianship are immense. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to diversity, multiculturalism, and library education through her numerous research activities, over 200 scholarly presentations, 37 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and co-edited a book entitled, “ Change and Progress in LIS Education.”

Please join the Mortenson Center in congratulating Dr. Clara Chu on her achievements. She’ll receive the award at the 2016 CALA Awards Banquet during the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

CALA Press Release

Update on 2014 Associate Beba Stankovic


Beba ModeratingBeba has been very busy since her time at the Mortenson Center, setting up a Youth Department at her home library in Pozarevac, Serbia and more recently, moderating the Forum Creative Europe 2016 - Public discussion and concluding remarks of the analysis of international cooperation potentials in the areas of literature and publishing.

Two of her abstracts have also been accepted at regional conferences in June, the Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference In Bosnia & Hercegovina, and DisCo 2016 in the Czech republic.

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.

Update on 2015 Associate Cajetan Onyeneke

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 (, rationale for attending, and ways to get the most out of participating. 

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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.

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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!

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.

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