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Indiana Harwood Scholarship recipients to convene for a Community Engagement Reboot in September

MCLS has made an investment in Indiana Libraries by providing scholarship funds for staff from 28 libraries to attend ALA/Harwood Public Innovator training over the past two years.  We are committed to continuing to support these libraries in this important work.

In this spirit, we have invited up to three people from each of those 28 libraries to an all-day, free, “Community Engagement Reboot” workshop. This workshop will be limited to those libraries who have attended either an in-person or virtual ALA/Harwood Public Innovators Lab through MCLS. It will be an opportunity to meet in person with other Indiana Public Innovators, share information about community engagement activities, get advice from others who have been in the trenches, learn more about integrating community engagement into organizational culture, and learn how to make it stick with staff.

Community Engagement Reboot will be held on September 28 at the Brownsburg Public Library in Brownsburg, IN. Our keynote speaker will be Cindy Fesemyer, Director of the Columbus, WI Public Library, and iSchool at UW Madison instructor of “Creating an Engaged Library.”  Cindy was trained in community engagement using Harwood Institute techniques and learned other community organizing tools in her previous career managing non-profit organizations.

Participants will also hear from:

Cyndee Landrum, CEO of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library on “The Value of Engagement”
Monica Casanova, Head of Public Services at the Allen County Public Library on “Civic Dialogues and Lessons Learned”
Scott Sandberg, John W. Anderson Library, IU Northwest on “An Academic Library Engagement Story”

In addition, MCLS engagement staff will lead participants through some interactive activities. This workshop is worth 5 LEUs, and lunch will be provided.

The 28 libraries have been invited personally through emails to the library directors. To participate, invited libraries will need to register one to three staff by September 15, 2017.

Questions? Email Jan Davidson at