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.
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
"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."
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.
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
"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."
The 2011 Summer Associates Program included participants from Nigeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, South Korea, Italy, China, Japan, Uganda, and Ghana.
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
"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."