Susan Schnuer to keynote ACURIL

ACURIL 2016 HAITI IN PETION VILLE

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Changing Libraries – Leaders Needed, by Susan Schnuer, Associate Director of the Mortenson Center for international library program at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Susan Schnuer has worked at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs for the past twenty-five years and is current the Associate Director. The Mortenson Center is a unique program located at the University of Illinois in the United States. The Center offers intensive professional development programs tailored to meet the needs of librarians around the world. Schnuer has been involved in the development and implementation of professional development programs for the over 1200 librarians from more than 90 countries. Schnuer has extensive experience with leadership programs.


She has worked on country specific professional development projects in Bhutan, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, People’s Republic of China, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Uganda, and Vietnam. Schnuer’s focus has been to develop and deliver high quality professional development programs that meet the specific needs of a library community.


Schnuer received her B.A. from Tufts University, her M. Ed. From Boston College, and her M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois. She began her career as a bilingual education teacher in the Boston area then worked as a trainer for a number of years at the National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education in Washington D.C.

Schnuer has been invited to present at meetings and conferences world-wide on a full range of library-related topics. She has been actively involved for many years with the International Relations Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA) and has participated fully in activities of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Schnuer is a Notable Member of the ALA’s International Relations Round Table. In 2013, Schnuer was honored to be awarded John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship by the International Relations Committee of the American Library Association. She was also presented with the Honorary Lifetime Member award from the Library and Information Association of South Africa.

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