Webinar: Taking your MLIS Abroad

4.3.17 –  Taking your MLIS Abroad

Sarah P’s comments: In case you missed this US-based webinar, the recording is now available on YouTube (click above link).  Thank you Librarian Ray Pun for coordinating and sharing!

The ACRL International Perspectives Discussion Group invites you to join Kate Holvoet and Lara Phillips for an informative webinar based on their recent publication, “Taking Your MLIS Abroad.”
The presenters will outline different opportunities for librarians who are interested in pursuing international librarianship, while also guiding you through the process of moving and living abroad. This is the perfect opportunity to get answers to all of your questions about international librarianship.
Speakers: Kate Holvoet and Lara Phillips

Date/Time: 3/29, Wednesday at 10 am PST, 12 pm CST and 1 pm EST

We hope you can join us! Webinar will be recorded and shared. If you have any questions, please email us!

All best,
Raymond Pun & Meggan Houlihan
Co-Conveners of ACRL International Perspectives

Program: 25th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture

10/7/15 – 25th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture
Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is an opportunity which is FREE and open to ALL…if you are interested in the subject please join in.


Title: Right to Accessible Information for Global Citizenship: UNESCO’s Programme for Persons with Disabilities

Dr. Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, Programme Specialist, Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Tuesday, October 27, 4:00pm CDT

Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Room 126
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Reception following lecture

This lecture will be streamed live on the internet: go.illinois.edu/livestream3

Thank you to our co-sponsors: The Illini Union Board, the Center for Global Studies, the European Union Center, the Graduate School for Library and Information Science, the Division of Disability Resources & Educational Services, and the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign.


Ms Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg is a programme specialist working at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Communication and Information Sector, Knowledge Societies Division in Paris, France. She coordinates UNESCO’s projects related to access to information and knowledge for Persons with Disabilities as contribution to the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She also works on the implementation of the UNESCO’s Communication and Information Strategy on Media and Information Literacy, and multilingualism in cyberspace, particularly on the promotion and implementation of the normative instrument “UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace” and development of UNESCO’s World Atlas of Languages.

She is also involved in UNESCO’s response within the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and Internet Governance Forum (IGF) international cooperation frameworks. During more than ten years at UNESCO, she also carried out a number of projects on HIV and AIDS issues, contributed to research activities and preparation of numerous publications, reports and articles on wide range of issues. Before joining UNESCO in 2002, she worked as Senior Programme Specialist, Department of Information and Informatics, Ministry of Public Administration Reforms and Local Authorities, Lithuania.

She obtained her Doctor’s Degree in Humanitarian Sciences, Communication and Information from Vilnius University (2006), Master’s Degree in Information Management (1999) from Vilnius University and Bachelor of Arts degree (1996) from Vilnius Academy of Arts (Lithuania). As a visiting researcher, she conducted her research in Lund University (1999), Helsinki University (2000) and Helsinki Technology University (2001).


For several decades, UNESCO has been promoting Education for All (EFA) which aims to provide education for all students regardless of their abilities, ethnicity, age, background or gender. Recently, several important research and assessment reports concluded that a number of countries fail to achieve The Millennium Development Goals (MDG), particularly on education, due the limited inclusion of children and students with disabilities in education.

The growing number of ratifications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN, 2006) and other normative instruments show that countries are committed to ensure and promote full exercise of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities as well as make adequate changes in national legislation, policy and strategies in order to establish a favorable and enabling environment for the targeted interventions of various stakeholders. However, lack of awareness and knowledge about the importance of accessibility to information and knowledge for persons with disabilities by many public and private stakeholders not only limits opportunities to enjoy educational, societal, cultural, political and economic opportunities, but conversely creates more new barriers and obstacles.

As a part of UNESCO’s contribution to the implementation of the UNCRPD, UNESCO recognizes a need to promote the right to information through inclusive and accessible Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The Organization acknowledges the role and impact of ICT in accessing, creating and sharing information and knowledge. ICT has become an important enabler of the inclusion of persons with disabilities which can help to achieve a disability-inclusive development agenda.

As one of the leading United Nations system organizations, the goal of the presentation is to provide insight into the concrete actions taken by UNESCO to ensure that the right to accessible information for persons with disabilities is respected around the world and to contribute to the full empowerment of persons with disabilities. The presentation will also include introduction of key initiatives, research results, policy and capacity building tools developed by UNESCO as well as future plans within the context of building inclusive knowledge societies.


Program: Global Connections

10/7/15 –  Global Connections
Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  This is a new program for non-US national and regional library professionals in management. Again the largest issue will probably be cost.  Here is a list of possible financial aid resources which the Center recommends.

October 9-19, 2016

Global Connections, a ten-day program, is designed for management professionals to engage and learn about innovative practices and services in areas such as:

  • International collaboration and research networks
  • Sharing expertise and cross-training
  • High-level management issues and practices to address opportunities and challenges faced by libraries
  • Global trends in information policy
  • Professional networking with managers from prominent U.S. institutions: Library of Congress, OCLC, national libraries, state library associations, selected prominent universities, and subject specialists
  • Digital and print collections
  • Leadership and management communication
  • Institutional advocacy

Application Requirements

Applicants must secure adequate funding to support a stay at the Mortenson Center in order to be accepted into the program.The application must be submitted in English along with supporting documentation in order to be considered.

This program is delivered in English only. Participants should be fluent in conversational English and possess a reading knowledge of English.

Program Costs:

The program cost of $3000 covers housing, some meals, local transportation, cultural and professional trips, and medical insurance. Participants are responsible for their airfare, in-country visa fees, and per diem. Upon acceptance, the applicants must provide a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold their place in the program. The deposit will be deducted from required program fees.

Applications for the program are due on March 15, 2016

Download announcement handout (PDF)

To Apply:

Download an Application (PDF)

Download an Application (Word)

Apply Online


Program: 2016 Mortenson Summer Associates Program for non-US Librarians

10/5/15 – 2016 Mortenson Summer Associates Program
Mortenson Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA


Sarah P’s comments:  The well-regarded Mortenson Program is associated with the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, one of the top programs in the US.  Their mission is to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace and offer an annual professional development program for librarians from outside of the United States. If you are seeking a way to improve your career and meet other global librarians, you should consider applying to attend.  Cost will be your most significant factor and thus you might need to research local resources for scholarships or, if you are employed, make a case for how attending the program will help your library.  Here also is a list of possible financial aid resources which the Center recommends.

2016 Summer Associates Program:  May 25 – June 21, 2016

The Mortenson Center Associates Program continues in summer 2016 with a new theme, “Innovative, Responsive, and Vital Libraries. The program will offer library and information science professionals from outside the United States an opportunity to explore current issues and trends in the field and to engage with librarians on the cutting-edge.

Applications for the 2016 Associates Program are due on December 1, 2015.

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 2016 Annual Meeting will be in Orlando, Florida, June 24-27. Arrangements and registration for the conference must be made separately and are not included in program costs.

For an application, cost estimate, or more information about the 2016 program, please visit the Mortenson Center website: http://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/associates

For comments about past programs, please visit:  http://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/activities/OldPrograms.html