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2013 Russian Library Leaders Program

2013 Russian Librarian group

July 1-12, 2013

27 Russian youth librarians and library directors visited the Center in July to learn more about U.S. library practices in regards to youth services and effective management strategies for use in the workplace.

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Program Participants

Maria Alekseeva, Russian State library for Young Adults                                  Anton Purnick, Russian State Library for Young Adults                            Liudmila Arseneva, Ishim Municipal Central Library System

Liubov Azarova, Belgorod State University of Arts and Culture                         Mariia Samarina, Sakhalin Regional Academic Library                             Andrius Brentcius, Tyumen Regional Scientific Library

Olga Bultz, Krasnoyarsk Territorial Library for Young Adults                            Svetlana Trapeznikova, Ilyinsky District Central Library                           Olga Dier, Tyumen Regional Scientific Library

Elena Dmitrieva, M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University                   Svetlana Tsebizova, Sakhalin Regional Academic Library                         Svetlana Egorova, Tyumen Regional Scientific Library

Irina Efimova, Russian State Library for Young Adults                                     Larisa Tsigvintseva, Russian State Library for Young Adults                     Nataliia Kokotkina, Zavodoukovsk Municipal District Library

Almira Kardapoltceva, Chusovoy District Central Library                                  Oxana Vasilyeva, Kaliningrad Regional Children's Library                         Liubov Tarasova, Tobolsk Municiple Library System

Viktoriia Kislitcina, Sakhalin Regional Academic Library                                  Victoria Yakimovich, Lipetsk Central Library System                               Irina Tikhonova, Tyumen Regional Scientific Library

Vladimir Klyuev, Moscow State University                                                       Marina Zakharenko, Russian State Library for Young Adults

Svetlana Matveeva, Kungur Central Library System                                          Svetlana Gorokhova, Rudomino All Russia State Library

Irina Mikhnova, Russian State Library for Young Adults                                    Olga Adamovich, Tyumen Regional Scientific Library


2013 Summer Associates Program

2013 GroupTools for the 21st Century Librarian

The 2013 Associates program brought library and information science professionals to the Mortenson Center from Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Japan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and South Korea.

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Program Participants

Juan Arboleda, Banco de la Republica, Colombia                                                   Elvira Niiazova, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan    

Naruhito Fujikake, Asia University Library, Japan                                                Muhammad Raja, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan  

Muhammad Idrees, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan          Erica Saito, Sao Paulo University, Brazil  

Jihae Jeon, National Library of Korea, Republic of Korea                                       Farasat Ullah, University of Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 

Milena Milanova, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski," Bulgaria                        Silvia Valencia Vivas, Banco de la Republica, Colombia

Martha Nderitu, Communications Commission of Kenya, Kenya




Hear From the Participants:

"This training program period which I spent [at the] Mortenson Center was really a very remarkable part of my professional life during which I shared my professional knowledge, experience, and future vision for the benefit of our respective organization/institutions."


2012 Summer Associates Program

Tools for the 21st Century Librarian Group Photo of the 2012 Summer Associates

The 2012 Summer Associates Program drew librarians and Information Technology professionals from Barbados, Bulgaria, Egypt, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Nigeria, and South Africa. They participated in programs at the Mortenson Center from May to June 2012. The Associates visited OCLC, the ALA headquarters in Chicago, and the Illinois State Library’s Digitization Institute.

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Program Participants

Maryam Amartey, Amadu Bello University, Nigeria                                                     Kuniko Sato, St. Luke's College of Nursing, Japan

Vesela Angelova, 'Pencho Slaveykov' Public Library - Varna, Bulgaria                           Safia Rafikova, American University of Central Asia

Oyeyinka Ayo-Yusuf, NetLibrary Nigeria Limited, Nigeria                                           Lanre Osaniyi, Lead City University, Nigeria

Darya Buktoyarova, Nazarbayev University Library, Kazakhstan                                  Oluwaseun Obasola, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Valerie Clarke, University of the West Indies, Barbados                                            Ola Morsy, Maadi Public Library, Egypt

Deborah Eddy-Ugorji, National Library of Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria                              Christelle Lubbe, Bellville Library, South Africa

Rania Hamed Elwan Omar, Maadi Public Library, Egypt                                             Kunduz Kolbaeva,Nazarbayev University Library, Kazakhstan

Milena Ivanova, Petar Stapov Public Library, Bulgaria                                                Lucas Kilemba, Mombasa Polytechnic University College, Kenya

Hear from the Participants:

      "The interaction and team spirit came naturally together and the impact of our new relationship with each other has changed me and how I see other countries. Lasting friendships and networks has been created and it was the most beneficial and important part of this program."

      "It's a great experience, very informative, much systemized and a good capacity building program."

      "I will wholeheartedly recommend [the Program.] It is so much about the content of the program, the knowledge and understanding that you gain in so many levels, it is also the ideas you develop for your own libraries and circumstances that you "get" while attending another library or presentation."

      "I [found] the two days training in Illinois Digitization Institute very useful to me. I have also observed in practice how some libraries use the latest technologies in their services."

      "The most valuable aspect was the field visits to the various libraries [for] the practical exposure to new services, activities, program and new ideas."



2012 South African Librarians Program

Understanding the Context: U.S. Research Libraries

15 South African librarians attended this Mortenson Center program From February 21 - March 10, 2012. The program set out to equip the participants with an understanding of how librarians interact with researchers, including how librarians have a clear understanding of what the academic community is doing in order to provide appropriate research support. The librarians returned to their home libraries with a practical (as well as theoretical) understanding of what it takes to provide real support to academic researchers. The program included visits to OCLC and the IUPUI campus in addition to lectures and workshops focusing on scholarly research and academic library practices.

View the Program Schedule

South African Librarians

Program Participants

Tertia Coetsee, University of Pretoria                                                      Carol Dhlamini, University of the Witswatersrand

Susanna Scheepers, University of Pretoria                                                 Rachel Louis, University of the Witswatersrand

Magdeline Moropane, University of Pretoria, Groenkloof Campus               Shorba Harku, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Deborah Martindale, Rhodes University                                                     Nomusa Bhengu, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Lucky Xaba, Rhodes Unviersity                                                                 Dilshaad Brey, University of Cape Town

Vuyokazi Gontshi, Rhodes University                                                        Ingrid Thompson, University of Cape Town

Maria Seyffert, Stellenbosch University                                                     Pieter du Plessis, Stellenbosch University

Yusuf Ras, Stellenbosch University

Hear from the Participants:

     "A very full program! But it succeeded in giving us thorough exposure to libraries and the higher education landscape in the U.S. in general."

     "I enjoyed the program. The balance between the different types of academic and special libraries was great, showing the difference (and not so different) strategies in research support."

     "I feel really fortunate to have undergone this programme. My knowledge scope is wider...and I am more open minded."



2011 Summer Associates Program

Librarians of Tomorrow: Communication and Leadership  

Group Photo of 2011 AssociatesThe 2011 Summer Associates Program included participants from Nigeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, South Korea, Italy, China, Japan, Uganda, and Ghana.

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Program Participants

Chinwe Anunobi, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria                                       Rasha Hussein Tawfik, Integrated Care Society, Egypt

Gimena Campos Cervera, U.S. Embassy to Italy, Italy                                       Man Tang, Xiangtan University, China

Heba Mohamed Ismail, Integrated Care Society, Egypt                                     Spaska Tarandova, Sofia City Library, Bulgaria

Nikolina Ivanova-Bell, American University in Bulgaria, Bulgaria                        Masanori Suzuki, Bunkyo University, Japan

Hyejin Kim, National Library of Korea, South Korea                                          Racheal Nabbosa, Makerere University Library, Uganda

Mihyang Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea                                        Agatha Gifty Larson, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana


Hear from the Participants:

     "My understanding of libraries in the United States has changed and enhanced by this experience as I realized that the library users and patrons is the main focus. All library services are provided to achieve the best for those people who have chosen to be part of their library."

     "All the activities we participated in were focusing on the idea of communicating effectively, Advocacy, DiSC assessment, FISH philosophy, even our our visits to the libraries pushed us to communicate with different audiences as well.

     "The program's schedule is rich enough to encourage any librarians to join it. The most important reason is that the Mortenson program gathers international colleagues, excellent seminars, lectures, presentations and very important visits."

     "Leadership and change management as well as grant writing made me learn how to understand others and lead them better."

     "Communicating with people from different cultures and backgrounds yet with different styles is what I experienced and learning the different innovation in their libraries."