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Welcome to the Mortenson Center

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 ( 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. 

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Past Programs

Past Mortenson Center Programs

2016 Associates Program 

May 25 - June 21, 2016

The theme for the 2016 program was,"Innovative, Responsive, and Vital Libraries."

The program drew 5 librarians from Pakistan, Korea, Barbados, Jamaica, and Nigeria. 

View the 2016 Program Schedule (PDF) or the 2016 Activities At-a-Glance (PDF)

2016 Group

Program Participants

Godwin Afebende, Nigeria

Hyunju Kim, South Korea

Muhammad Tariq, Pakistan

Barbara Chase, Barbados

Nicholas Graham, Jamaica

2015 Associates Program

May 28 - June 23, 2015

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.

View the 2015 Associates Program Schedule

Group at ALA in Chicago

Program Participants

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

May 22 - June 24, 2014

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.

View the 2014 Associates Program Schedule

2014 Group

Program Participants

READ Global

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

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.

View the Library Leaders Program Schedule

Program Participants

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

Tools 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.

View the Program Schedule

2013 Group

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

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.

View the 2012 Program Schedule

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

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

2011 Summer Associates Program

Librarians of Tomorrow: Communication and Leadership  

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

View the Program Schedule

Group Photo of 2011 Associates

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