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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A three-year project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in partnership with Illinois State Library. Institutes for International Library Leadership were held with speakers and participants from all over the world. Feedback was collected at each institute and applied to the format and content of the program. The end result is the new publication, a guide for libraries to develop their own leadership institutes with an international perspective.
The entire book is available for download. If you would like a printed copy, please contact the Mortenson Center at (217) 333-3085.
You can see more information about the book in our conference poster (PPT), presented at IFLA and ILA 2008.
“...the impetus for other states, library organizations and countries to develop library leaders in a global community.”
– Paula Kaufman,
University Librarian and Dean of Libraries
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“…opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the variety of perspectives to be found in our global library world. We learned a lot. We had fun. We developed and practiced new skills. We saw the importance of adaptability, engagement, and dynamic cross-cultural discussions. We continue to think about the colleagues we met and the experiences we had together. We hope that the materials presented here will allow others to develop their own international library leadership programs. “
– Barbara J. Ford & Susan Schnuer,
Mortenson Center for International Library Programs