Facilitation Training

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Due to the success of last year's workshops and back by popular demand, MCLS, in partnership with the Library of Michigan, will be offering six more trainings on facilitation presented by We Can Work It Out, LLC new-window-icon.png.

Two dates in July will be offered for the Basic Facilitation workshop (repeats of the courses offered last year) and are available to new participants. Two Advanced Facilitation workshops, on the topics of, "Handling Conflict" and "Coming to Agreement," will be offered in Fall 2019.

Registration is now open for the Basic workshops, and will be open soon for the Advanced! These sessions are small and spots are very limited and available first-come, first-served, so register today!

Who is this workshop for?

The trainings will be open to staff of Michigan libraries, with a particular focus on those who have previously gone through The Harwood Institute new-window-icon.png Public Innovators labs. They will be most fruitful for those who are working on community engagement projects for their library, or who facilitate group discussions and events.

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We Can Work It Out, LLC’s principal partners, Sarah Ross and Mary King new-window-icon.png, specialize in facilitating large group discussions and decision-making processes. Their facilitator training curricula draws upon 25 years of shared experience working with groups in public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and is grounded in a hands-on, practice-centered approach. Together, they bring a vibrant, dynamic approach to group decision-making processes with a relentless focus on finding agreement.

Dates and Locations

Basic Facilitation Workshops:

Monday, July 8, Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Tuesday, July 9, Canton Public Library, Canton, MI

Advanced Facilitation Workshops:

Friday, Sep. 20, Coming to Agreement, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
Monday, Sep. 23, Handling Conflict, location to be announced soon
Thursday, Oct. 3, Handling Conflict, Southfield Public Library, Southfield, MI
Friday, Oct. 4, Coming to Agreement, location to be announced soon


These trainings will be heavily subsidized by the Library of Michigan, so the registration fee is just $40 per person and includes lunch!


Registration is available now in our MCLS store for the following training sessions:

Monday, July 8, Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Tuesday, July 9, Canton Public Library, Canton, MI