Michigan Harwood Cohort 2016-2017

The 2nd Michigan Harwood Cohort has begun training!

On October 5-6, 2016 54 Michigan library staff and partners began a 10-month undertaking. They attended a 1.5-day workshop taught by coaches from the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. During the workshop the cohort was organized into two smaller groups, which for the next nine months will participate in additional training, and develop action plans to move their communities forward.

The following libraries are participating:

The program

On October 5 – 6, 2016, a cohort of 54 Michigan library staff convened in Lansing, Michigan for a 1.5 day workshop led by two certified Harwood Institute coaches. That training will be followed up by nine months of coaching calls from Harwood, and guidance and support from Harwood trained Library of Michigan and MCLS staff.

The Harwood Public Innovators Workshop is a 1.5 day experience to help you and your organization learn what it means to turn outward — to use the community, not your conference room, as your reference point for choices and action.

Although free of charge to participate, this program will be rigorous. With support and guidance from MCLS and the Library of Michigan, cohort members are expected to develop action plans, implement those plans, and demonstrate how their efforts are making a change in their communities.

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


  • Applications must be submitted by 5pm (EST), December 21, 2015.
  • Notification to recipients will be on or before January 15, 2016. Checks (payable to the library) will soon follow.
    • Recipients will need to make their own hotel reservations. It is encouraged to make the reservations as soon as possible after notification. A link to register for the hotel will be available on this page at the time of notification.

The application


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

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This project is supported by the Library of Michigan with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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