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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.

25th Anniversary Giving Opportunity

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Mortenson Center for International Library Programs


                                                                     It's our 25th Anniversary this year! Go to our ANNIVERSARY page to see what we've been doing to celebrate.

2016 Projects and Initiatives

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 ( ) 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.  

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

  1. Celebrate Library for Peace (L4P) Day on 21st September, 2016 (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

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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!

Mortenson Center News


Clara Chu appointed ALA Representative to U.S. National Commission for UNESCO

Dr. Clara Chu, Director and Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, has been selected to serve as the ALA representative to the    U.S. National Commission for UNESCO through June 2018.

The National Commission members, including ALA, assist with global initiatives focused on communication, education, social science, natural science and culture.

For the full press release, please see:

Chai Wei Series & 25th Anniversary Event: Why UNESCO Matters

2016 AssociatesOn June 6th our Associates, Dr. Godwin Afebende, Nigeria; Barbara Chase, Barbados; Nicholas Graham, Jamaica; Hyunju Kim, South Korea; and Muhammad Tariq, Pakistan, lead a Chai Wai Series on information access in their communities. 25 attendees joined us for refreshments and a lively talk about literacy for all.

Mortenson Center Director Wins CALA Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Clara M. Chu, Director and Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, is the recipient of the 2015    Chinese American Librarians Association Distinguished Service Award! Dr. Chu’s contributions to Chinese American librarianship are immense. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to diversity, multiculturalism, and library education through her numerous research activities, over 200 scholarly presentations, 37 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and co-edited a book entitled, “ Change and Progress in LIS Education.”

Please join the Mortenson Center in congratulating Dr. Clara Chu on her achievements. She’ll receive the award at the 2016 CALA Awards Banquet during the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

CALA Press Release

Update on 2014 Associate Beba Stankovic


Beba ModeratingBeba 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.

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.

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 (, rationale for attending, and ways to get the most out of participating. 

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