Thinking Outside the Borders

Library Leadership in the World Community


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Book Cover


What is Thinking Outside the Borders?

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.

What does the book include?

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.

This guidebook gives you:

“… 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