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Susan SchnuerSusan Schnuer

I have been at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs since 1992 and have developed its programs and have managed new initiatives. The Mortenson Center offers intensive professional development programs in the U.S., and programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each group. As an example, earlier this year we hosted a group of academic librarians from South Africa who wanted to learn how to support research activities at their institutions.

I have also been actively involved in projects and training in Central America, Russia, China, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. The projects have ranged from helping university libraries to automate to developing strong leadership in a library association. All of these projects have been grant-based. In the past year we began a Library Leaders and Innovators Training Program with GL teams in Latvia and Romania.

I started my career as an elementary school teacher in New Orleans and then worked in bilingual education in Massachusetts.  Bilingual education led me to the Midwest Center for Bilingual Education in Illinois, and then to the National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education in Washington, DC.  At both centers I worked as a consultant to school districts and teachers.

I am an alum of Tufts University in Boston and have a degree from Boston University (M.Ed.) and another from the University of Illinois (MLIS).  I have been very engaged in international activities within ALA and hold a committee leadership position in IFLA. I have given numerous papers and workshops at conferences and meetings around the world.  I lived for several years in France, Peru, and Mexico.