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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

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Alumni News Update

1/28/2015 - 2014 Mortenson Center Associate Sher Afzal Khan

Award CeremonyAs the Chief Librarian of Bahria University Islamabad Campus, Sher Afzal Khan (2014 Associate) helped to oversee an expanded search collaboration project among constituent libraries with the launch of a Union Catalog encompassing the collections of seven BU libraries. Khan led a 5-day workshop for university librarians on the software platform for the catalog entitled, “Integrated Library System: KOHA and Dspace.”

Sher Afzal also won Second Prize and was the only library professional in Pakistan to receive the prize on the basis of TOP Institutional ATTEMPTS for the subject quiz in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Quiz for Engineering and Technology 2013-14.

Read more about the BU Library’s other awards and accomplishments in the University’s Annual Report.

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2015 Associates Program

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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.

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Mortenson Center Awarded Grant

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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.

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24th Annual Mortenson Center Distinguished Lecture

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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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August 2014 Newsletter

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Paula Kaufman Becomes Interim Director

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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