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Upcoming Events

January - June 2018 training offerings

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World Cafe conversations in Indiana

Join us in March 2018 for World Café Conversations about Barriers to Library Service. World Café is a method for hosting conversations that matter. MCLS staff will use this engagement tool to both model the World Café method, and to lead library staff in conversations around the important topic of barriers to library service. The conversations will be held throughout Indiana.

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Facilitation training for Michigan library staff

In partnership with MCLS and the Library of Michigan, presenters from We Can Work It Out, LLC will be coming to Michigan this spring to lead trainings on facilitation. These trainings are open to staff of Michigan libraries, with a particular focus on those who have gone through The Harwood Institute Public Innovators labs, with the purpose of helping you increase skills and knowledge necessary to ensure successful community engagement projects in your local communities.

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Community Engagement Summit for Michigan Public Innovators

MCLS, in partnership with the Library of Michigan, is pleased to announce a Community Engagement Summit to be held in September 2018. Richard C. Harwood, President and Founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation new-window-icon.png, will be the keynote presenter.

This event is primarily intended for individuals who have participated in an MCLS/Library of Michigan Harwood Public Innovators cohort. Free registration is now open ONLY to those individuals who have been through a Harwood Public Innovators Lab. Registration will widen on May 1 to include any Michigan library staff interested in community engagement, and this registration will be $50/person.

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Customer Service training for Michigan library staff from the Disney Institute

On Thursday, August 2, MCLS and Library of Michigan will be hosting a one-day program on "Disney's Approach to Quality Service" in Novi, MI. The program and wait list are both full.

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Community engagement roundtables

MCLS is committed to supporting the community engagement efforts of libraries in Indiana and Michigan. We have upcoming community engagement roundtable discussions scheduled in both states.  These discussions are free and open to anyone with an interest. Join us for the opportunity to support one another in your community engagement efforts.

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Third Thursday Twitter chats

We welcome you to join us and your colleagues every third Thursday at 2pm Eastern (1pm Central), for a series of Twitter chats on topics of significance to libraries and library staff. Each month will feature special guests who are recognized leaders on the topics. Each chat will last approximately one hour, and will be archived and made available.

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Michigan Harwood cohort 2016-2019

The Library of Michigan and MCLS are currently working on a several year long community engagement training program for Michigan library staff. The training is being led by coaches from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation new-window-icon.png, and is being offered at no charge to selected Michigan libraries, with generous stipends provided through Library of Michigan LSTA funding.

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