Michigan Harwood Cohort 2017-2019

Michigan Libraries Public Innovators Lab November 7-9, 2017

The Library of Michigan new-window-icon.png and MCLS are pleased to announce a continuation of their partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation new-window-icon.png. There now will be a third opportunity for Michigan library staff to participate in the Institute training. This opportunity will include a full 2.5-day Public Innovators Lab new-window-icon.png followed by 18 months of coaching.

The training will be led by Certified Harwood Coaches from the Institute new-window-icon.png. It will be robust, extensive, and is being offered at no charge to selected Michigan libraries, with generous stipends provided through Library of Michigan LSTA funding.

The program

On November 7–9, 2017, a cohort of up to 50 Michigan library staff will convene in Lansing, Michigan for a 2.5-day Public Innovators Lab new-window-icon.png led by two Certified Harwood Coaches. That training will be followed up by 18 months of coaching calls from Harwood, and guidance and support from Harwood trained Library of Michigan and MCLS staff.

The Harwood Public Innovators Lab new-window-icon.png is a 2.5-day experience to help you and your organization learn what it means to Turn Outward — to use the community, not your conference room, as your reference point for choices and action.

Although free of charge to participate, this program will be rigorous. With support and guidance from MCLS and the Library of Michigan, cohort members are expected to attend coaching calls, contribute to an online forum, and demonstrate how their efforts are making a change in their communities. Only those who can commit the time and energy are encouraged to participate.

The Library of Michigan new-window-icon.png and MCLS have been using the tools of the Institute and sharing them with libraries since 2013. We are excited to be able to support training for a cohort of Michigan library staff.


The award

Meals and lodging are included. Dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday November 7-8, will be dine-arounds and factored into the stipend. Lodging and the Public Innovators Lab new-window-icon.png will take place at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing, MI. A link to register for the hotel will be available on this page when the selected libraries are announced.

There will be a pre-Innovators Lab dinner held at the Radisson Hotel on Monday evening, November 6, 2017.

Timetable - Deadlines

The application


Questions should be sent to David Votta, MCLS Community Engagement Librarian, at or call David at 800-530-9019 ext. 122

Learn more about our work with The Harwood Institute new-window-icon.png.

This project is supported by the Library of Michigan with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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