Since the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs was founded in 1991, over 1,300
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.
Find out more on our "About Us" page.
Libraries for Peace
The Mortenson Center invites libraries and librarians around the world to take part in our International Peace Day initiative. Visit the Libraries for Peace webpage (librariesforpeace.org) to learn about what libraries are doing to promote peace, how they can initiate their own efforts, and where these actions are taking place to discuss and share ideas of libraries and peacebuilding and to serve as an information hub for an international library celebration and action day for peace.
2016 Associates Program
The theme for the 2016 program was,"Innovative, Responsive, and Vital Libraries."
The program drew 5 librarians from Pakistan, Korea, Barbados, Jamaica, and Nigeria.
Godwin Afebende, Nigeria
Hyunju Kim, South Korea
Muhammad Tariq, Pakistan
Barbara Chase, Barbados
Nicholas Graham, Jamaica
2015 Associates Program
The 2015 program focused on the future of libraries and librarians as strong advocates. The theme for the 2015 Associates Program was, “Innovative, Engaged, and Responsive Libraries: A Professional Development Program for Library Leaders.”
The program drew 12 librarians from Barbados, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
Benson Ali, Nigeria Muhammad Ashraf, Pakistan
Ruth Simon Bassey, Nigeria Nkoyo Edem, Nigeria
Juni'chi Fuji, Japan Ikumi Matsuda Horie, Japan
Kehinde Isiaka, Nigeria Jaeyong Na, Korea
Cajetan Onyeneke, Nigeria Loleta Parris, Barbados
Nadia Pompeo de Camargo Salles, Brazil Dauda Razaq, Nigeria
2014 READ Global/Associates Program
24 Librarians from 9 countries visited the center for a dual summer program. The themes of the 2014 READ Global/Associates Program was, "Imagine, Question, Connect: A Professional Development Programfor Library Leaders and Innovators."
8 READ Global training officers spent a month at the Center learning about community development through libraries. 16 Mortenson Center Associates arrived a week later to begin their program.
Nahid Barbhuiiya, India Kezang Choden, Bhutan
Rinchen Choden, Bhutan Ruhi Seth, India
Chin Shrestha, Nepal Raju Shrestha, Nepal
Deepa Subedi, Nepal Durgesh Yogi, India
Newton Akrong, University of Ghana Balme Library, Ghana Eric Amoaful, University of Ghana Balme Library, Ghana
Jennylyn Cabbuag, Banga 1st (Community) Public Library, Philippines Anargul Essenaliyeva, Nazarbayev University Library, Kazakhstan
Peter Gatiti, Aga Khan University Library, Kenya Sher Afzal Khan, Bahria University Library, Pakistan
Jihyeon Lee, National Library of Korea, Republic of Korea Eunice Lesejane, University of South Africa, South Africa
Ramon Masis Rojas, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica Grace Mbogo, Communications Commission of Kenya, Kenya
Modupe Oluwabiyi, University of Ibadan Kenneth Dike Library, Nigeria Graciela Quesada Fernandez, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Bhakti Ranjan, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India Kishor Sathpathy, National Institute of Technology Silchar, India
Beba Stankovic, Public Library “Ilija M. Petrovic”, Serbia Huijun Sun, China Agricultural University Library, China
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.
Maria Alekseeva, Russian State library for Young Adults Olga Dier, Tyumen Regional Scientific Library
Anton Purnick, Russian State Library for Young Adults Liubov Azarova, Belgorod State University of Arts and Culture
Mariia Samarina, Sakhalin Regional Academic Library Svetlana Egorova, Tyumen Regional Scientific Library
Olga Bultz, Krasnoyarsk Territorial Library for Young Adults Svetlana Trapeznikova, Ilyinsky District Central Library
Elena Dmitrieva, M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University Svetlana Tsebizova, Sakhalin Regional Academic 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
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
Liudmila Arseneva, Ishim Municipal Central Library System Andrius Brentcius, Tyumen Regional Scientific Library
Irina Tikhonova, Tyumen Regional Scientific Library
2013 Summer Associates Program
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.
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
2012 Summer Associates Program
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
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
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