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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 (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. 


25th Anniversary Giving Opportunity

To make a matching gift to the Mortenson Center, and double its impact in celebration of its 25th anniversary, please click the link below:

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Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

 

   

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA), presents a new initiative: Project Welcome. Project Welcome is a one-year planning grant (May 2016—April 2017) to develop recommendations and an action agenda on information resources, services, training, and research needed to support the resettlement and integration of refugees and asylum seekers in the United States (US).

In order to intentionally and strategically articulate ways libraries can serve existing refugees from new regions, we are assessing the information needs and gaps in library services by learning from US and international librarians, international and national governmental agencies, and domestic resettlement and social services.

To find out more about Project Welcome activities, consultations, and refugee resources, visit our site at https://publish.illinois.edu/projectwelcome/


MORTENSON NEWS

Strengthening Innovative Library Leaders (SILL) Training in Armenia

 

The final pilot of the Mortenson Center’s SILL training was held in Yerevan, Armenia in October 2016. This training was organized by the Armenian Library Association in partnership with the Mortenson Center, and 100 librarians from around the country were trained during 4 different rounds of the 2-day program. Mortenson staff traveled to Armenia to observe 2 of the trainings, which focused on foundational leadership skills for public and community librarians. The final version of the SILL training curriculum will be freely available online by fall 2017. 

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SILL Training at Khnko Aper Children's Library

Mortenson Center 25th Anniversary Program & 26th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture 

On October 14, 2016, the Mortenson Center celebrated its 25th Anniversary and 26th Annual Distinguished Lecture. The Chai Wai and Mortenson Center Dialogue, International Perspectives on Censorship, is available to watch here. The Investiture of the Mortenson Center's Distinguished Professor, Clara M. Chu, and the lecture Reading the Globe: Exploring the World's Literature, Discovering Ourselves by author Ann Morgan are also available. 

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(From left): Ann Morgan, Barbara Jones, and Marianna Tax Choldin

Celebrate with your support by making a matching gift in 2016 (click here), generously donated by Library Friends Bob and Kay Merrick. 


Learn more about the Center's history and celebrations at:  http://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/25_Anniversary/index.html


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What three words would you use to describe your experience at the Mortenson Center? Take a photo with your words and post it to our  Facebook page,  Instagram, or  Twitter with the hashtag #‎MortensonIn3‬. We'll feature your photo in this album!

   

Founding Mortenson Center Director Publishes Book on Censorship in Russia

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Marianna Tax Choldin, Director of the Mortenson Center from 1991-2003, recently published a book that explores a wide range of topics including censorship, librarianship, and Russian culture in the Soviet Union and Russia. The book is available for purchase online at  Amazon and  Walmart.





Libraries for Peace Initiative

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 peacehow 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.  

JOIN this Libraries for Peace (L4P) movement by going to the  website to:

  1. Celebrate Library for Peace (L4P) Day on 21st September (International Day of Peace)

  2. Pledge to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  3. Share your story of how you and/or your library are working toward building a peaceful and sustainable local and global community.

The Libraries for Peace web portal was created to advance the mission of the  Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, which, for the past 25 years, has worked to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace. Libraries as information, education, and cultural centers have a role in advancing peace internationally.

For more information, please email  mortenson@illinois.edu

2016 IFLA/OCLC Fellows Visit the Mortenson Center

Five librarians from Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria, Philippines, and Serbia visited the Mortenson Center on April 26th for a day of workshops and tours.   Read more about the international librarians.

IFLA News

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. 

For more information on attending the congress, you can access our online session, Attend the 2016 IFLA Congress: An Orientation Webinar. The session provides an introduction to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), its 2016 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Columbus, OH (http://2016.ifla.org), rationale for attending, and ways to get the most out of participating. 

Download the Session