Videos

Video Case Studies

Here you will find videography stories of Michigan libraries who have Turned Outward and engaged their community in more meaningful ways. By connecting more deeply they are able to respond to community needs, not just library needs. These libraries are changing their role in the community, and transforming how the library is seen and interacted with by community members.


The Michigan Library Community


We had a conversation with libraries statewide and asked them “What do you need?”. And a lot of them were looking for ways to be more significant in their communities. And we started looking at “What’s that look like” and “How can we assist them in getting to that place?”.


Benzonia Public Library


We’re great at talking about problems. To do something about it takes another level of commitment. And that’s where you’ve got to be able to say “What are we going to do next?”. That’s what I think set this apart. This community conversation just developed into “What kind of struggles do we have in the schools and with our kids, and how can the library and our community in general support these issues?”


Caro Area District Library


I was hoping to get an idea of what the community wanted from us. Instead I got an idea of what the community wanted for the community. And then, in that, I could look and figure out how we can help provide that.


Clarkston Independence District Library


A libraries’ responsibility is to gather and disseminate information. Harwood is about gathering and disseminating information. We hear this all the time “Why do we need libraries we have Google?”. If libraries are really going to be here decades from now that’s the question we need to ask. And we really need to listen and make sure that what we’re doing is actually delivering something that is going to be relevant into the future.

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.