The Library of Michigan and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services are pleased to announce a two-year community engagement training program for Michigan library community members. The training, led by coaches from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, is being provided through 2017 to up to 100 participants from selected Michigan communities. Partcipants are chosen through a competitive application process and agree to participate in in-person and virtual training over 9-month period. The first cohort of 50 members began their training programin March and a second group will begin in October of 2016. The initiative came from work being done in the Michigan library community using Harwood Institute methods of community engagement as well as the ongoing Libraries Transforming Communities work from the American Library Assocaiton and the Harwood Institute.
This project is supported in part by the Library of Michigan with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
- ALA Libraries Transforming Communities - find resources to do the work in your community and read case studies from libraries across the country using the methods
- MCLS Harwood Cohort - find links to social media and lists of participating libraries
- Community Engagement Group for Michigan and Indiana Harwood Lab participants