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Notes from Executive Director Scott Garrison – March 2024

MCLS’s Strategic Plan Listening Tour began in late February and continues into early March so we can get your input as we plan for the future. If you’re not able to attend a listening tour session (below), we hope you’ll give us up to 30 minutes of your time for a one-on-one interview with an MCLS staff member or Board member. Read on for information about sharing your thoughts with us – we need you!

The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services seeks your input as we craft our strategic plan

As we look to shape the future, we invite you to join us for our Listening Tour in late February and early March. We have ten 90-minute Listening Sessions planned where you can share your wisdom and creativity to help us co-create our next chapter together.

In particular, we will be exploring:

  • Engagement and collaboration – building community and strengthening relationships with our member libraries and others with whom we work and collaborate.
  • Investing in innovation – doing something no one else is doing, and/or scaling ideas from one or few libraries to many, with an “innovation mindset”.
  • Championing and supporting our libraries – collaborating for the benefit of our libraries and their communities.

We hope that you can join us! You can read more and register for a session on our website.

Remaining listening sessions are planned for:

  • All library types – Friday, March 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon Eastern (9:30-11 a.m. Central)
  • Academic libraries – Monday, March 4, 3-4:30 p.m. Eastern (2-3:30 p.m. Central)
  • K-12 school libraries – Tuesday, March 5, 4-5:30 p.m. Eastern (3-4:30 p.m. Central)
  • Public libraries – Thursday, March 7, 10:30 a.m. to noon Eastern (9:30-11 a.m. Central)
  • All library types – Thursday, March 7, 3-4:30 p.m. Eastern (2-3:30 p.m. Central)
  • Special libraries and library organizations – Friday, March 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon Eastern (9:30-11 a.m. Central)

If you are unable to attend but are interested in sharing feedback, please email to set up a time for a one-on-one interview.