April 13, 2022 Meeting of Mortenson Center Advisory Committee Charge and Membership

Time and Location of Meeting

April 13, 20224:00 pm - 5:00 pm Online Meeting

Agenda Details


Mortenson Center Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 13, 2022; 4:00-5:00 pm
Virtual meeting (link)

I. Welcome and Introductions

II. Approval of November 9, 2021 minutes

III. Center Operations: move to 329 Main Library (Summer 2022), full-time position search

IV. Reports and Updates

a. IDEA Institute on Artificial Intelligence (IMLS-funded grant) <website> – The second Institute will be held at The University of Texas at Austin on July 10-15, 2022. Engaged in our Libraries’ Machine Learning Working Group.

b. Post-Grant Project Welcome https://publish.illinois.edu/projectwelcome/  ;  World Refugee Day (June 20) webinar and Welcoming Week event (Sept) – planning underway

c. Professional Development Programs

    • 2022 Associates Program. Theme: Smart and Smarter: Leadership and Innovation in Libraries, May 25 – June 21, 2022. 11 Associates are planning to attend from Japan (2), Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Republic of Korea (2).
    • Engineering Change in Libraries” workshops on dislocation and propaganda, Feb-May, 2022, with speaker Agnes Kaposi (Engineer, Educator, Holocaust survivor, Author of “Yellow Star-Red Star”, recipient of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), and 31st Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecturer), and co-facilitator Ajit Pyati, Associate Professor, Western University (Canada)
    • Minitalks – Fall 2021 series focused on libraries and climate change

 d. Partnerships

    • Naseej Academy – co-sponsored “Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Libraries: Training for Innovation” Webinar, 8th December 2021; sponsoring two 2022 Mortenson Associates
    • Japan Association of National University Libraries (JASPUL) – sponsoring two 2022 Mortenson Associates, usually sponsors one, but one is carried over from last year due to program being postponed
    • Partners in Literacy Haiti (Sara Mansbach) – supporting development and capacity building to promote literacy in community libraries. Ongoing development of Haiti Libraries Alliance – monthly meetings and presentations, e-list, and resource development
    • Community Libraries Information Portal (CLIP), co-developing with Lisa Krolak, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning Library. The Community Libraries International Portal (CLIP), aims to fill the above gaps by creating a global community of practice, to address these and other issues, that recognizes their diverse contexts, knowledge and voices in the development of CLIP. The mission of CLIP is to foster lifelong learning, sustainable and thriving communities by promoting networking, information sharing and capacity development. Proposed activities include surveying the global situation; designing the portal (e.g., information resources and community libraries map); creating a toolkit for developing community libraries: providing training; advancing a community of practice; and holding a Community Libraries Summit.

e. Recent and upcoming virtual presentations/workshops – see https://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/, Incomprehension Workshop with Ann Morgan, May 3, 2022 | ‘Sankofa Black Studies / Diasporic Futures: A global conversation among information scholars’ A Presentation and critical engagement of the book: The History of Black Studies by Abdul Alkalimat (Pluto Press 2021), March 23, 2022 | Gigabit Libraries International Workshop, January 19, 2022

 V. Mortenson Center Initiatives/Events

a. Libraries for Peace http://librariesforpeace.org/Libraries for Peace Day 2021, September 21: Theme TBA. Related activities: A Decade of Action on the UN SDGs, Engineering Change in Libraries, CLIA, etc.

b. Community-Library Inter-Action (CLIA) http://librariesforpeace.org/clia – new website under development | CLIA Colombia Universidades – partnership with the Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano Library | May 22, 2022 workshop at the “Libraries Lead! Conference (Theme: Libraries as Catalysts for Achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals); Doha, Qatar.

c. Information Action Briefs – new publication

d. 32nd Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture https://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/lectures/. BBC World Affairs Correspondent, Presenter and Author Mike Thomson, author Syria’s Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege (Public Affairs 2019). September 21, 2022.

VI. Other: IFLA Building Strong LIS Education (BSLISE) Working Group https://bslise.org/ – have developed map and directory of LIS education programs worldwide, and new IFLA Guidelines for Professional Library and Information Science (LIS) Education Programmes, have been endorsed by IFLA.

VII. Thank you. Committee members completing terms of service. Committee Volunteer form (due: May 15th) https://www.library.illinois.edu/staff/

  • Yali Feng (Aug 2020 – Aug 2022)
  • Robert Geraci (Aug 2020 – Aug 2022)
  • Lisa Hinchliffe (Aug 2020 – Aug 2022)
  • Ken E. Salo (Aug 2020 – Aug 2022)
  • Mara Thacker (Aug 2020 – Aug 2022)*

       1. November 9, 2021 Meeting Minutes (see attached)


Mortenson Center Advisory Committee Charge and Membership

The Advisory Committee advises the Director on center policy and procedures.

The Committee of nine Faculty members, at least half of whom are drawn from the Library faculty, are appointed to the Mortenson Advisory Committee by the University Librarian, in consultation with the Executive Committee, and on the recommendation of the Director of the Mortenson Center. The appointed members serve two-year staggered terms and may be reappointed to successive terms, not to exceed four years.

* = Second Consecutive Term
Clara M. Chu, Chair
Courtney Becks (Aug 2021- Aug 2023)
Yali Feng (Aug 2020 – Aug 2022)
Robert Geraci (Aug 2020 – Aug 2022)
Dara Goldman (Aug 2021 – Aug 2023)*
Lisa Hinchliffe (Aug 2020 – Aug 2022)
Emily Joyce Knox (Aug 2021 – Aug 2023)*
Ana Rodriguez (Aug 2021-2023)
Ken E. Salo (Aug 2020 – Aug 2022)
Mara Thacker (Aug 2020 – Aug 2022)*

Minutes Details


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