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  • Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) has announced that JCPL is one of 15 Indiana libraries were selected to attend the Harwood Public Innovators Lab

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    January 03, 2019
    Fifteen Indiana Libraries Chosen to Participate in Harwood Public Innovators Lab

    Lafayette, IN – The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) announced today that 50
    individuals from 15 Indiana libraries were selected to attend the Harwood Public Innovators Lab
    sponsored by MCLS. The Lab will take place Tuesday through Thursday, March 5-7, 2019 at
    Indiana Wesleyan University – Indianapolis North campus. MCLS is fully funding the participants
    tuition for the training, lodging, some meals during the training, and will also include follow-up
    coaching calls to further support the cohort of attendees post-training.

    The funds were made available to MCLS member libraries through a grant program established
    by the MCLS Board of Trustees from the proceeds of the sale of the former INCOLSA building in
    Indiana.

    The Harwood Public Innovators Lab is a 2.5-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.
    MCLS has been using the tools of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and sharing them
    with libraries since 2013. We are excited to be able to support training for a cohort of Indiana
    librarians.

    The selected libraries represent a spectrum of library types, sizes, and geographic locations in
    Indiana, all with a common goal to engage more deeply in their communities.

    The following libraries were selected:
     Bartholomew County Public Library
     Crown Point Public Library
     Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library
     Fulton County Public Library
     Hamilton East Public Library
     Indiana University Kokomo Library
     Jasper County Public Library
     Jasper-Dubois County Contractual Public Library
     Jefferson County Public Library
     Johnson County Public Library
     Kokomo-Howard County Public Library
     Noble County Public Library
     Plymouth Public Library
     Putnam County Public Library
     Wells County Public Library

    MCLS is committed to continuing to support the community engagement efforts of Indiana and
    Michigan libraries beyond the Public Innovators Lab and follow-up coaching. We offer
    communication forums such as a Facebook group, community engagement roundtables, and a
    community engagement electronic mailing list for libraries as they put the Harwood tools into
    practice in their community.

    About MCLS
    MCLS is a non-profit, member driven organization whose mission is to facilitate sharing
    resources and to collaborate with other organizations to benefit Indiana and Michigan libraries.

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