Upcoming Events

July - December training calendar

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Libraries Read: 1 Book

Libraries Read: 1 Book is an annual "library community read" project focusing on professional development. Library staff from all types of libraries are encouraged to participate by voting on which book should be selected, then participate in the discussion, whether online or in-person.

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Indiana Community Engagement Reboot workshop

MCLS has made an investment in Indiana Libraries by providing scholarship funds for staff from 28 libraries to attend ALA/Harwood Public Innovator training from The Harwood Institute over the past two years.  We are committed to continuing to support these libraries in this important work. In this spirit, we have invited up to three people from each of those 28 libraries to an all-day, free, “Community Engagement Reboot” workshop. It will be an opportunity to meet in person with other Indiana Public Innovators, share information about community engagement activities, get advice from others who have been in the trenches, learn more about integrating community engagement into organizational culture, and learn how to make it stick with staff.

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Coffee with the executive director

Online coffee and chat with MCLS Executive Director Randy Dykhuis will be the first Friday of each month at 9:00am Eastern. You won’t need to register; just fire up your browser and point it to the address that we provide. We hope you'll join us for an informal chance to ask questions about MCLS, and hear about anything new and exciting going on here!

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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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Michigan library safety programs

Registration is now open! Join MCLS, Michigan Library Cooperative Directors Association, Library of Michigan, Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA), and Michigan Library Association (MLA) this September for programs on safety in libraries.

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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 2016-2017

The Library of Michigan and MCLS are currently working on a several month 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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