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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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Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

... Developing Librarians Worldwide ...

The Mortenson Center at IFLA in Cape Town, August 16-20th

Stop by and visit with new Director Clara M. Chu and Associate Director Susan Schnuer at Booth C111 during the 2015 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. The Mortenson Center is exhibiting with the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Come learn about our forthcoming programs and activities for the Center's 25th anniversary and annual lecture or make Booth C111 the meeting point with other Mortenson alumni and friends. 



SILL Project: Namibia

Namibia TrainingThe 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.














Alumni Update

2014 Associate Beba Stankovic

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. 

Read more about Ms. Stankovic and other Alumni Updates

2015 Associates Program

May 28 Group

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.









Mortenson Center Welcomes New Director

Clara Chu

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. 



March 2015 Newsletter

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Mortenson Center Awarded Grant

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.

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