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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2012 Associates Program alumna Darya Bukhtoyarova visited the Center as the senior manager of the Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) Library’s Patron Services department. In April 2014, she began a new job with Thompson Reuters as a customer education specialist, conducting workshops and training for librarians, graduate students and scientists. So far she has trained over 1,500 users in Kazakhstan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan in working with e-resources, publishing, and research evaluation.
The Global Libraries program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently released a report on library leadership programs around the world. The Cultivating Global Library Leadership report is the first of its kind – highlighting important trends in international library leadership programs and providing recommendations for improving the state of the field. It is a resource for those focused on building library leadership to ensure that libraries continue to be critical community assets.
The report explores 30 leadership programs around the world and offers practical ideas for strengthening leadership development opportunities. Among other things, the report finds that leadership programs have reached over 6,000 librarians worldwide and have offered transformative experiences that have equipped librarians to lead their libraries.
We have received applications from librarians and information technology specialists from 11 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. 2015 Associates will be informed of their status by December 15th, 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.
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.
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