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The International Associates program ended in 2010.  This page will be archived in the future. 

My stay at Yale really improved my skills. Two weeks ago, while I was on mission in Burkina Faso, I was delighted to be informed by our Human Resources Unit that the Regional Director has approved the revision of my position. My new position is Information Dissemination Librarian, Professional Officer. So, Yale has contributed to this new development.

Pascal Mouhouelo
WHO Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Congo
Fall 2006 International Associate at Yale’s Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Launched in 2005, the Library's International Associates Program reflects and supports Yale's transformation into a global intellectual resource. Globalization has been clearly articulated by the University's administration as a strategic goal and priority, and the International Associates Program supports the broader interests of Yale University by creating and fostering ties with research and educational institutions around the globe.

The Program brings 1-2 information professionals a year from abroad to Yale, without restrictions about the type of library or the country of provenance.  Past associates came from public, academic, national and international organizations, as well as from a variety of countries including Australia, Congo, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Oman, Poland, Singapore, and Uganda.

The main goal of the program is to nurture professional development and leadership at home and abroad by establishing and developing professional relationships between Yale librarians and archivists and their colleagues in other countries.

The visits, which may occur at any time of the year, can extend between one and six months, with three months as the preferred term. The selection process takes into consideration:

  • the general objectives of the program
  • the strengths and the needs of the Yale Library, and how a visiting associate could take advantage of the former while fulfilling the latter, and
  • the strengths and the needs of the candidates' home institutions, and how their visit would allow the Yale Library to take advantage of the former while fulfilling the latter.

A list of past International Associates is available here.