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2016 Associates Program


Cost Estimate

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Mortenson Center Associates Program

"Innovative, Responsive, and Vital Libraries"

Group Picture of 2015 Associates

May 25-June 21, 2016

The 2016 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

2016 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 2015 Program Schedule (PDF)

Application Requirements

View more information about our application process.

2016 Applications are due by December 1, 2015.

Funding for Program Participation

Summer 2016 Associates Program Cost Estimate

Applicants must secure adequate funding to support a stay at the Mortenson Center in order to be accepted into the program. Applicants must provide official confirmation in the form of a letter for all funding sources. Acceptance into the program also depends on whether the applicant meets the selection criteria, and the availability of space in the program.

**New this year - Accepted applicants must send a non-refundable deposit of 500 USD in order to hold their places in the program.

There is information about possible funding resources on the American Library Association's International Relations Awards, Grants, and Exchanges page.

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, 2016. Program activities will begin on May 25, 2016.

The last day of program activities will be June 21, 2016. Participants should plan to depart from Champaign on June 22, 2016.

Comments from Past Participants

Hear what Mortenson Center alumni have to say about our programs.