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September 21, 2007

Mary Jo Ryan

Thinking outside the Borders: Library Leadership in a World Community Set for October 22-26

An institute on international library leadership will be held this fall at the Nebraska Library Commission. Eighteen librarians from Nebraska, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, and El Salvador will attend the Thinking outside the Borders Institute, a National Leadership Grant activity funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The international visitors from Central and South America will attend discussion sessions in Lincoln, and the annual conference of the Nebraska Library Association/Nebraska Educational Media Association (NLA/NEMA) in Kearney.

Announcing the Institute, Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner said, "The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to host the Thinking Outside the Borders Institute. Nebraska librarians and their counterparts from Central and South American countries will experience a unique chance to explore and exchange ideas from their different perspectives and experiences."

The Nebraska Library Commission is partnering with the Illinois State Library and the Mortenson Center for International Librarianship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in this effort to bring together librarians from the United States and other countries to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the world community in which librarians work. Nebraska's Thinking Outside the Borders experience will pair ten international librarians taking part in the Mortenson Center Associates program with middle-level to senior-level library managers from Nebraska who will come together to explore their mutual professional interests.

Speaking about a previous Illinois institute that paved the way for this event, Illinois State Library Director Anne Craig said, "This conference will sow the seeds for mutual and multicultural cooperation, from which we will all reap the benefits for years to come." Barbara Ford, director of the Mortenson Center, said the Illinois librarians and the international Mortenson Center Associates enhanced their problem solving skills in international settings. "It's important now because all our libraries are global libraries," said Ford. "Customers, clients and users expect libraries to connect them with information from around the world. To be successful, communities need global perspective. Businesses and education are going global; libraries are going the same way."

For more information contact Laura M. Johnson, Continuing Education Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023, 402-471-2694, 800-307-2665, Laura Johnson.

Thinking Outside the Borders: Library Leadership in a World Community Participants:

Mr. German Eduardo Arias Leon, Banco de la Republica - Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Manizales, Colombia

Ms. Rocio Cazares Aguilar, Universidad de las Americas Pueblo, San Pedro Cholula, Mexico

Mr. Hector Grenni, Don Bosco University, Biblioteca Rafael Meza Ayau, Soyapango, El Salvador

Mr. Ramiro Pena Tapia, The Central University, Bogota, Colombia

Ms. Stelina Maria Pinha, Brazilian Federal Senate Library, Terreo, Brazil

Mr. Jaime Humberto Rendon Valencia, Servicio de Informacion Local, Comfenaico Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia

Ms. Andrea Gabriela Solis Blanco, Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano CCCN, San Jose, Costa Rica

Mr. Milton Edwin Vargas Prieto, Luis Angel Arango Library, Bogota, Colombia

Ms. Amy Barr, Kilgore Memorial Library, York, NE, USA

Ms. Anita Stoltzfus Breckbill, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Music Library, Lincoln, NE, USA

Ms. Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE, USA

Mr. Steve Fosselman, Grand Island Public Library, Grand Island, NE, USA

Ms. Jodene Glaesemann, Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, NE, USA

Ms. Theresa Jehlik, Omaha Public Library, Omaha, NE, USA

Ms. Sharon Osenga, Meridian Library System, Kearney, NE, USA

Mr. Mike Poma, Creighton University Library, Omaha, NE, USA

Ms. Maggie Tarelli-Falcon, Omaha Public Library, Omaha, NE, USA

Ms. Janet Stoeger Wilke, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE, USA


As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, bringing together people and information.

For more information, contact Tessa Terry.