Welcome to Michigan Libraries Engage

Michigan Libraries Engage is an initiative of the Library of Michigan and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and strives to transform libraries through active engagement with their communities. By authentically listening and making intentional choices, libraries can serve as leaders and change agents in their communities to solve pressing problems.

Since March of 2016, Michigan Libraries Engage has provided tools and resources to libraries that will help them build better connections in their communities, find new partners, convene conversations, and take action.

Our partner in Michigan Libraries Engage is the non-profit Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. Our goal is to make community aspirations the reference point for the library’s choices and actions, which in turn will position Michigan libraries as more than lenders of books and as essential leaders in strengthening communities.

The Library of Michigan and MCLS have been using the tools of
The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and sharing them with the libraries since 2013.

Available courses

This forum is open to anyone who participated in any of the three cohorts or has undergone Harwood training.  This is an open environment where you are encouraged to share, ask for advice, and collaborate. The intention is for you to learn from one another and make more informed and intentional choices with your engagement activities. As a cohort we are striving to make our communities stronger by creating deeper connections between our libraries and our communities. Our collective mind and shared experience will benefit from everyone’s participation.

This forum is open to only 2017 cohort members who are meeting Cheryl for their coaching calls.  This is where you will find information from the coaching calls, including documents and links. This an open environment where you are encouraged to share, ask for advice, and collaborate. The intention is for you to learn from one another and make more informed and intentional choices with your engagement activities. As a cohort we are striving to make our communities stronger by creating deeper connections between our libraries and our communities. Our collective mind and shared experience will benefit from everyone’s participation.

This forum is open to only 2017 cohort members who are meeting Cheryl for their coaching calls.  This is where you will find information from the coaching calls, including documents and links. This an open environment where you are encouraged to share, ask for advice, and collaborate. The intention is for you to learn from one another and make more informed and intentional choices with your engagement activities. As a cohort we are striving to make our communities stronger by creating deeper connections between our libraries and our communities. Our collective mind and shared experience will benefit from everyone’s participation.