Mortenson Center Associates Program

Imagine, Design, Engage, Act

A Professional Development Program for Library Leaders and Innovators


23 May-19 June 2018

The 2018 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.
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Program participants will learn about novel and inventive practices and services in areas such as:

  • Leadership, Innovation and Communication
  • Digital and Print Collections
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing and Advocacy
  • International Professional Networking
  • Designing for Change and Community Engagement
  • Institutional Repositories

2018 Applications Now Closed

2018 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 action 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. The 2018 Annual Meeting will be in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 21-26. Arrangements and registration for the conference must be made separately and are not included in program costs.

Program Dates

Program activities will begin on 23 May 2018. The last day of program activities will be 19 June 2018.

4 January 2018: Application Deadline

The final deadline for application submissions is 4 January  2018. All application materials must be submitted by 4 January 2018, including a fully completed application, CV, and Recommendation Letter. (Please note: Applications and materials received after 4 January 2018 will moved to the following year’s program for consideration in 2019.)

25 January 2018: Notification of Application Status

All applicants will be notified of application status by 25 January 2018 (end of business CST). Applicants accepted to the Mortenson Center Associates Program must send a non-refundable $USD 200.00 deposit by 15 February 2018 in order to hold their place in the program. Payment instructions will be provided upon acceptance, on or before 25 January 2018.

15 February 2018: Deposit Payment Due

  • 15 February 2018 – $USD 200.00 Deposit Due (all deposit payments are non-refundable)

5 April 2018: Remaining Balance Payment Due

  • 5 April 2018 – $USD 3,800.00 – Remaining Balance Due

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

Applications are closed for the 2018 Mortenson Summer Associates Program. We encourage interested participants to submit applications for the 2019 Mortenson Summer Associates Program, as soon as they become available.

Program Costs

The program cost for the 2018 Mortenson Associates Program is $4,000 USD.

Program costs are paid prior to the program’s start date and include:

  • Housing (shared, student-style accommodations while on campus and shared hotel accommodations while on out-of-town excursions)
  • Partial meals
  • Local transportation
  • Programming costs
  • Speaker fees
  • Medical insurance
  • Other materials and logistics

The program cost does not include transportation costs to and from Champaign-Urbana.These arrangements must be funded and arranged by individual participants.

Applicants accepted by the Mortenson Center must send a $USD 200 deposit in order to hold their place in the program. This non-refundable deposit will be deducted from your program fees.

Payment Deadlines

  • 15 February 2018 – $USD 200.00 – Deposit Due (all deposit payments are non-refundable)
  • 5 April 2018 – $USD 3,800.00 – Remaining Balance Due

Payment instructions will be provided to participants upon notification of acceptance, on or before 25 January 2018.

Grant for professionals working in the Arab World (Applications closed)


A free grant jointly awarded by Naseej Academy and the Arabian Gulf Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA-AGC) will enable two professionals in library, information and archive institutions in the Arab world to participate in the Mortenson Center Associates Program, which is designed to provide librarians and information specialists with the skills necessary to become leaders and trainers of their colleagues upon their return to their home institutions.

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