Michigan Harwood Virtual Lab 2019

Michigan Harwood Virtual Lab 2019

Applications have now closed

The Library of Michigan new-window-icon.png and MCLS are pleased to announce a continuation of their partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation new-window-icon.png. Up to an additional 50 Michigan library staff will be trained in the framework of the Institute. This opportunity will include an eight-week, online Virtual Public Innovator Lab new-window-icon.png followed by 18 months of coaching. Over 150 library staff have already completed training, representing dozens of Michigan libraries.

The training will be led by Certified Harwood Coaches from the Institute new-window-icon.png. It will be robust, extensive, and is being offered at no charge to selected Michigan libraries with LSTA funding provided through the Library of Michigan.

The program

Starting Oct. 1, 2019 participants will be immersed weekly for 1.5 hours into the Institute's practice of Turning Outward. The Lab focuses on five key areas that help to drive the success and impact of local efforts. Lab participants spend most of their time in small groups applying the Harwood practice to their real-life challenges. The Lab sessions consist of self-assessments, frameworks, case studies, an actual community conversation, and all participants will leave with an action plan.

Lab sessions will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 11:30am-1pm Oct. 1 through Nov. 19, 2019. Coaching for libraries which have not previously participated in the MCLS/Library of Michigan Harwood project begins in early December 2019.

The Library of Michigan new-window-icon.png and MCLS have been using the tools of the Institute and sharing them with libraries since 2013. We are excited to be able to support training for a cohort of Michigan library staff.

The Benefits for Your Library

Past participants of similar initiatives have shared the following examples of impact:

For examples of the value of applying the Harwood practice over time, take a look at the following videos from your peers in Michigan and an overview from The Harwood Institute: new-window-icon.png new-window-icon.png

The application


Eligibility - Two tracks

Track 1: Libraries who have not previously participated in the MCLS/Library of Michigan Harwood project (Given priority - these teams will participate in post-lab coaching.)

Track 2: Libraries who have participated in the MCLS/Library of Michigan Harwood project - Capacity building (These libraries will not receive post-lab coaching.)


Questions should be sent to David Votta, MCLS Community Engagement Librarian, at or call David at 800-530-9019 ext. 122

Learn more about our work with The Harwood Institute new-window-icon.png.

imls_logo_2c (002).jpgThis project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. new-window-icon.png Additional funding is provided by the State of Michigan. new-window-icon.png