Upcoming Events

July - December 2020 training offerings

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Trainings for Michigan library staff on leading effective meetings and conversations

MCLS will again be offering, in partnership with the Library of Michigan, several training sessions on developing essential skills for library staff to facilitate effective conversations and meetings. These skills can be used in a variety of settings including staff and work meetings, strategic planning sessions, one-on-one interactions with library patrons, library sponsored Community Conversations, and focus groups. Because they are funded by the Library of Michigan, these trainings are only open to staff of Michigan libraries. Workshops will be offered virtually in September and October 2020.

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Foundations of Digital Literacy virtual workshop for Michigan library staff

Also in partnership with the Library of Michigan, and offered for Michigan library staff of all levels and positions, MCLS will be offering virtual training on foundational digital literacy topics this fall. This workshop is being offered multiple times throughout September and October 2020 to accommodate smaller participation limits in each session, which will allow for plenty of personal attention and lots of interactive small group activities. Foundations of Digital Literacy is designed to help library staff gain confidence in everyday interactions with technology and is intended for participants who would like a basic introduction to digital literacy topics.

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Libraries Engage Appreciatively for Positive Change (LEAP) 2020

MCLS, as a continuation of our partnership with the Library of Michigan and our shared Michigan Libraries Engage project, will be holding a special virtual event for Michigan library staff of all levels and roles on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. The program, called LEAP (Libraries Engage Appreciatively for Positive Change), will be an opportunity to learn methods and techniques for using Appreciative Inquiry to engage with participants' local communities and initiate positive change to ensure successful community engagement projects.

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Michigan Harwood Virtual Lab 2019

The Library of Michigan new-window-icon.png and MCLS continued their partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation new-window-icon.png in October 2019. An additional 50 Michigan library staff were trained in the framework of the Institute, this time through an eight-week, online Virtual Public Innovator Lab new-window-icon.png to be followed by 18 months of coaching. Upon completion of this lab in spring 2021, around 200 library staff will have completed training, representing dozens of Michigan libraries.

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