Michigan Community Conversations 2016

Community Conversations coming back to Michigan in August

Michigan library staff are invited to attend one of five Community Conversations to be held  in northern and western Michigan. The purpose of these conversations is to gather information about the needs of the library community and to explore your hopes, concerns, and aspirations. This spring we held rounds of conversations in both states and already have talked to over 150 library staff. We look forward to continuing this conversation and sharing what we learned from you.

We need input from libraries of all types, sizes, and geographic areas to make this effort an authentic representation of Michigan libraries. Please consider joining us and sharing your thoughts, challenges, and hopes for the greater Michigan library community. You do not have to be an expert. We want you to speak openly and candidly from your experience and point of view.

The dates, times, and locations are listed below. All library staff are welcome. To have a meaningful conversation, we will limit the number of attendees at each session to 12. Because of this, we request that you consider limiting the number of attendees from your library system. Registration is free and on a "first come, first served" basis. A waiting list will be kept. As in our 2014 rounds, the meetings will be kept to two hours.

For any questions, please contact David Votta at

For more information about the Harwood Institute, please visit the Harwood Institute website new-window-icon.png.

Read more about our involvement and interest in the Harwood process or see the timeline of our past MCLS library Community Conversations and find out what we learned.