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Mortenson Center Associates Program

"Building Sustainable Libraries"

             May 24-June 20, 2017

University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign

The 2017 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.

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

  • Leadership and communication

  • Digital and print collections

  • Information Technology

  • Marketing and advocacy

  • International and professional networking

  • Innovation and community outreach

  • United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

2017 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 actions 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. (Arrangements and registration for the conference must be made separately and are not included in program costs).

View the 2016 Program Schedule (PDF), or the 2016 Activities At-a-Glance (PDF).


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.


Program Dates

  • This year's program will begin and end in Champaign, IL.

  • Participants should plan to arrive in Champaign, Illinois' Willard Airport on May 23, 2017.

  • Program activities will begin on May 24, 2017.

  • The last day of program activities will be June 20, 2017. Participants should plan to depart from Champaign, Illlinois on June 21, 2017.

لقد تم غلق باب التسجيل في المنحة وجاري مراجعة طلبات السادة المتقدمين، وسيتم بمشيئة الله إخطار الفائزين خلال 2 – 3 أسابيع.



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A free grant jointly awarded by Naseej Academy and the Arabian Gulf Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) will enable two professionals in library, information and archive institutions to participate in the Mortenson Center Associates Program titled “Building Sustainable Libraries”, to be held from May 24 to June 20, 2017, Champaign, IL.

We are excited to invite library, information and archive professionals to register for the grant. We sincerely wish all applicants the best of luck. The grant winners will be announced during the closing ceremony of the SLA–AGC conference, to be held on March 7–9, 2017, Bahrain.


Note: The grant covers the air fare, accommodation and program cost.