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.
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Beba has been very busy since her time at the Mortenson Center, setting up a Youth Department at her home library in Pozarevac, Serbia and more recently, moderating the Forum Creative Europe 2016 - Public discussion and concluding remarks of the analysis of international cooperation potentials in the areas of literature and publishing.
Two of her abstracts have also been accepted at regional conferences in June, the Western Balkan Information Literacy Conference In Bosnia & Hercegovina, and DisCo 2016 in the Czech republic.
2015 Mortenson Center Associate Cajetan Onyeneke will present a paper at the open session, Agricultural Libraries Special Interests Group, at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio.
Bhakti Gala continues her professional advancements in the new year as a member of the ALA IRRT Membership Committee 2015-16. She has written a short article, 'The Advocacy Approach: Networking and Online Volunteering' in with reference to the Mortenson Center program's contribution to her volunteering activities. Congratulations, Bhakti!
The Mortenson Center congratulates Beba Stankovic, 2014 Associate, who just oversaw the opening of a new Youth Department in the 'Ilija M Petrovic' Public Library in Pozarevac, Serbia.
A quote from Beba: "The same day after opening we had Creative Writing Workshop for students which was held by Miomir Petrovic PhD, dramatist and writer. It was very well attended and [the] Department is working now with full steam and with lot of new young patrons."
Two colleagues from the University of Costa Rica, Graciela Quesada Fernandez and Ramon Masis Rojas, attended the 2014 Associates program, which included a tour of the Champaign Urbana Fab Lab. Fernandez and Rojas are now leading the way toward building a fabrication laboratory at their university library. They hope to implement a partnership between the University of Costa Rica and the Mortenson Center for future collaboration.
Poster about the Mortenson Center by Fernandez and Rojas
Public librarian Beba Stankovic from Serbia was an Associate in 2014. After the program, Stankovic became very involved with the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). She attended an IFLA Congress, presented a poster session, “It’s Your Right to Know”, and organized three sessions for the IFLA Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group. At her home library, the Public Library ‘Ilija M. Petrovic’ Pozarevac, she helped to begin a new cycle of free courses on information literacy for retired patrons and just received money from the Serbian Ministry of Culture for a new Youth Department. Most recently, Stankovic was elected Vice President of the Serbian Library Association. She also received one of the most prestigious awards in Serbian librarianship, the "Djura Danicic" award, given by the Community of County Libraries together with National Library of Serbia.
2012 Associates Program alumna Darya Bukhtoyarova visited the Center as the senior manager of the Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) Library’s Patron Services department. In April 2014, she began a new job with Thompson Reuters as a customer education specialist, conducting workshops and training for librarians, graduate students and scientists. So far she has trained over 1,500 users in Kazakhstan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan in working with e-resources, publishing, and research evaluation.
Dr. Chinwe Anunobi attended the Mortenson Center’s 2011 Summer Associates program. Since then she has published many articles on information and communication technology (ICT) implementation in peer-reviewed journals. In 2013 she gave two sessions on community engagement at the Nigerian Library Association’s Library and Information Technology Today (LITT) National Workshop. She was recently appointed University Librarian of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria.
As the Chief Librarian of Bahria University Islamabad Campus, Sher Afzal Khan (2014 Associate) helped to oversee an expanded search collaboration project among constituent libraries with the launch of a Union Catalog encompassing the collections of seven BU libraries. Khan led a 5-day workshop for university librarians on the software platform for the catalog entitled, “Integrated Library System: KOHA and Dspace.” Sher Afzal also won Second Prize and was the only library professional in Pakistan to receive the prize on the basis of TOP Institutional ATTEMPTS for the subject quiz in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Quiz for Engineering and Technology 2013-14.
Read more about the BU Library’s other awards and accomplishments in the University’s Annual Report.
Mortenson Center alumna Anargul Essenaliyeva (2014 Associate, pictured at right) has conducted two presentations since her return home. One focused on her time at the Center and the other on cataloguing. She is currently writing an article on “Subject Headings” in Russian for the Kazakhstani Association of Libraries publication.
Deborah Eddy-Ugorji attended the 2012 Associates Program as the chief library officer at the National Library of Nigeria, Lagos. Since then, she wrote a book about her Mortenson Center experience and single-handedly set up a new, internet-based library at Peaklane College Akute, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Gimena Campos Cervera Bustos (pictured far right), Senior Researcher at the U.S. Embassy to Italy, has written prodigiously since her Mortenson Center program in 2011. Her articles have appeared on the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Europe and the Italian Library Association websites.
She has organized a series of annual events on the future of libraries in the 21st century: Modern Leonardos. In 2013, she coordinated the opening of the first digital maker space in an Italian library: YouLab Pistoia at the library of San Giorgio di Pistoia (Tuscany). In fact, Cervera recently gave a presentation on her experience with YouLab Pistoia at this year’s Internet Library International (ILI) conference.
2011 Associates Graduation
2013 Associates Raja Muhammad Ibrahim (pictured) and Muhammad Idrees from the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in Islamabad, Pakistan have updated their library’s website to include a live chat service for providing real time assistance. They are also in the planning stages of adding a remote storage facility and gift shop to their library at CIIT. More recently, Raja Muhammad was elected as President of the Pakistan Library Association (HQ).
2012 Associate Christelle Lubbe returned to the City of Cape Town Library in South Africa and implemented many new services for her patrons. The library now has a takeaway service for quick check-outs and returns, an updated young adult section with new programming and collections, and a variety of outreach endeavors to underserved groups. Christelle has also kept busy presenting papers at Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) conferences and taking on leadership roles within the organization’s Western Cape Public and Community Library Interest Group (PACLIG).
2013 Associate Erica Saito moved from Brazil to the United States, where she still works as a librarian in Washington, D.C. After her Mortenson Center program, she gave a presentation about her experience to colleagues at Sao Paulo University. She also published a paper on cloud computing in Brazilian libraries in the IFLA July 2014 newsletter, TILT.
(Picture on left: Erica Saito gives a presentation at Sao Paolo University about her Mortenson Center Program.)
Heba Mohamed Ismail (2011 Associate) presented a poster session with her colleague Rasha Essmat entitled, “ICS: A Success Story” at the 2011 American Library Association annual conference about their work with the Integrated Care Society (ICS) and the damage to its libraries during the Egyptian revolution. Since then she has continued her studies and in 2013 won the Honor Award from the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI) in recognition of her accomplishments. She won yet another award this year from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo in recognition of her ongoing civic engagement (pictured on left).
2014 Mortenson Center Associate Dr. Kishor Satpathy of the National Institute of Technology, Silchar (NITS) has been very busy since he left the Center in June. He wrote a book entitled, “E-Learning & Information Literacy – The Changing Role of Librarian” and oversaw the initiation of a central library volunteer program designed to involve the institute’s students in library developmental activities.
Dr. Satpathy is organizing the “What’s Next in Libraries? Trends, Space and Partnerships” conference that will be held on 21-23 January, 2015 on the NITS campus, in Assam, India. The conference will feature speakers from the Mortenson Center and U of I Library technology and facilities experts.