On June 4, 2014, the DePaul University Library hosted a visit from 14 international librarians in the United States for a month-long professional development program conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Mortenson Center for International Library Programs
Mortenson Center “Summer Associates” come from academic, public, and special libraries around the world to pursue professional development in areas such as library leadership, information technology, staff training and development, and the design of library services. The Summer 2014 program includes librarians from 10 countries, including Ghana, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Costa Rica, and China. While at DePaul, Mortenson Associates toured the Department of Special Collections and Archives
and the John T. Richardson Library Information Commons
and learned about recent DePaul initiatives in areas such as student success programs, information literacy instruction, and digital collections and services.
The Summer Associates visited the John T. Richardson Library as DePaul students were preparing for final examinations and noted the intensive use of the library space. As Susan Schnuer, Assistant Director of the Mortenson Center, said: “DePaul was a perfect visit for our group, it allowed them to view how students are using the newly renovated library and to explore why the space is so attractive to the students.” Visiting librarians also remarked on how comfortable the students appeared in the library and in their use of the technology available in the Information Commons.
The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs was established in 1991 through the support of C. Walter and Gerda B. Mortenson. Since then, librarians from over 90 countries have participated in professional development programming offered through the Center in support of its mission "to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace."