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MCLS offers Scholarships to Indiana Libraries for the Harwood Virtual Public Innovators Lab

MCLS is offering up to 10 scholarships to MCLS member libraries in Indiana for staff to participate in the Harwood Virtual Public Innovators Lab, June 23 to August 11, 2016.

These funds are being made available through a grant program established by the MCLS Board of Trustees from the proceeds of the sale of the former INCOLSA building.

The Program

The Harwood Virtual Public Innovators Lab takes their signature 2.5-day training and transforms it into an interactive 8-week online course 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. You will get the same quality training delivered in an innovative, new way.  If traveling to an in-person lab is a challenge for you, then this is a great option.

MCLS has been using the tools of the Harwood Institute and sharing them with libraries since 2013.  We are excited to be able to support training for Indiana librarians in this proven community engagement method.

Funding Eligibility

  • Applicants must work in an Indiana library that is an institutional member of MCLS.
  • Applicants may be from any type of library; academic, public, school, institutional or special.
  • A maximum of 2 persons per library will be awarded.
  • MCLS will cover the entire tuition of $795/person for those selected to receive the scholarship.


  • Interested libraries must complete an application form by Midnight, May 13.
  • We will send notification by May 20.
  • MCLS will register selected recipients and remit payment directly to the Harwood Institute for the tuition by June 10.

The Application

Questions regarding the scholarship or the Virtual Public Innovators Lab should be sent to Michelle Bradley, MCLS Member Engagement Manager, at  or call Michelle at 800-530-9019.