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MCLS offers scholarships to Indiana libraries for the 2016 Harwood/ALA Public Innovators Lab in Atlanta

MCLS is offering up to 15 scholarships to MCLS member libraries in Indiana to send staff to the Harwood/ALA Public Innovators Lab, October 19-21 2016 in Atlanta, GA.

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 Public Innovators Lab 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.

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 a cohort of Indiana librarians.

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.
    • Libraries that are awarded a scholarship for one attendee to the lab will receive $2,245, and those awarded for two attendees will receive $3,990 to cover tuition and partial expenses. (Tuition for the Public Innovators Lab is $1,495/person and $995 for additional persons from the same institution. Libraries can expect additional expenses to include travel to Atlanta, 3 nights lodging, meals, parking, and incidentals.)


  • Interested libraries must complete an application form by Midnight June 30, 2016.
  • We will send notification and mail a check to scholarship recipients (payable to the Library) by July 14, 2016.
  • Recipients will need to register for the Lab, and will need to make their own travel and hotel reservations as early as feasible after award notification.

The Application

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