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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.

2017 Associates Program


Cost Estimate

Past Programs

Mortenson Center Associates Program

                                                             "Building Sustainable Libraries" - May 24-June 20, 2017

                                                                         Application Deadline: December 2, 2016

Group Picture of 2015 Associates

The 2017 Mortenson Center Associates Program will offer individuals working in a library setting outside the United States an opportunity to explore current issues and trends in the library field and to engage with librarians implementing cutting-edge programs and services.

Program participants will learn about novel and inventive practices and services in areas such as:

  • Leadership and communication
  • Digital and print collections
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing and advocacy
  • International and professional networking
  • Innovation and community outreach
  • ·         United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals 

2017 Program Highlights

  • Seminars and Workshops which provide an overview of current trends in the field. Library experts will be invited to share their perspectives, offer expertise, and foster conversations on the themes of communication and leadership.
  • Tours of a variety of libraries, including academic, public, and school libraries. We may also visit the American Library association headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, and other sites of interest.
  • Networking with dynamic group of international colleagues during and post-program.
  • Participants will develop individual actions plans, appropriate to their professional and institutional needs, and will receive post-program implementation review.
  • Each participant will receive a Certificate of Program Participation upon completion.
  • Scheduling to allow participants to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Library Association (ALA), if they wish. (Arrangements and registration for the conference must be made separately and are not included in program costs.)

View a 2016 Program Schedule (PDF)

Application Requirements

  • Application must be submitted in English along with supporting documentation in order to be considered.
  • Applicants must secure adequate funding to support a stay at the Mortenson Center in order to be accepted into the program.
  • This program is delivered in English only. Participants should be fluent in conversational English and possess a reading knowledge of English. 

Application Form 

Option 1: Online application form forthcoming. 

Option 2:  To submit a written application, click for WORD or PDFPlease submit application with supplemental materials to the following email:

Program Size

Although we receive many requests from professionals to participate in Mortenson Center programs, we accept no more than 12-15 participants at one time.

Program Dates

This year's program will begin and end in Champaign, IL.

Participants should plan to arrive in Champaign, Illinois' Willard Airport on May 24, 2017. Program activities will begin on May 24, 2017.

The last day of program activities will be June 20, 2017. Participants should plan to depart from Champaign, Illlinois on June 21, 2017.