The 2009 ngNOG at Unilorin: A Synergy With The Mortenson Centre

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Mortenson Center for International Library Programs is supporting the participation of 20 University Librarians, Deputy Librarians and Library Information Systems Staff in the ngNOG Workshop and Meeting that will hold at the University of Ilorin, 2009.11.08-15.

Mortenson Centre is also contributing two resource persons to make presentations and interact with delegates to the technology tracks of the 2009 ngNOG Event, as well as with the host-institution's Library Staff. This arrangement was made possible by the MacArthur Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, who also support the Mortenson Centre.

Senior delegates under this arrangement will mostly be at Strategy, Policy and Management Track along with IT Directors and Coordinators from the same and other institutions. Among the many useful spin-off benefits of such an interaction will be a much better mutual understanding and working relationships between Libraries and IT Directorates.

Growing such interactions (between Libraries and IT Directorates) is important for campus networking and has long been deliberately cultivated and advocated elsewhere. This was the subject of an African planning meeting convening supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on May 25- May 27, 2009 at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina with participation of the Stanford University Libraries, Council on Library and Information Resources, the Frye Institute and the happily re-incarnated and modernized Library of Alexandria.

The Mortenson Center's (and its funders') preference for building synergies with, and strengthening existing projects and platforms is a development-support best-practice that is very deeply appreciated.