Big Library Read – Art of the Pie

The next Big Library Read is now live! The current title is Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott. It will be available from unlimited simultaneous downloads from the OverDrive catalog until March 30, 2017.

Bonus Material

 

SELCO Board Announces New Executive Director

The SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) board of trustees has appointed Krista Ross as the new Executive Director of the library system. Ross will assume the role on April 24. Current Executive Director Ann Hutton will retire on May 1 but will be available afterward to assist in the transition.

For further information please see the press release below.

 

 


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Executive Director Finalists Announced

The Search Committee for a new Executive Director is pleased to announce that we have chosen two finalists for the position. 

On March 6th you will have the opportunity to meet the final candidates: Ryan McCormick and Krista Ross. The schedule for the “Meet & Greets” is below.  Please note that the order of events is slightly different for each candidate.  This allowed us to schedule the Board member and member librarian sessions back-to-back (with a lunch break on your own) and minimize the amount of time those groups must spend in Rochester.

 

Ryan McCormick

8:15 – 9:15 – Meet & Greet with SELCO staff

9:30 – 10:30 – Final Interview with the Search Committee

10:45 – 11:45 – Meet & Greet with SELCO Board member & member librarians

 

Krista Ross

1:15 – 2:15 – Meet & Greet with Board members and member librarians

2:30 – 3:30 – Final Interview with Search Committee 

3:45 – 4:45 – Meet & Greet with SELCO staff

 

For more information on Ryan and Krista, please see the short bios each submitted:

Ryan McCormick

Krista Ross

We truly hope you will join us for these sessions.  Each candidate will be invited to introduce themselves to you informally and then you will have an opportunity to ask questions of each candidate.  Please keep in mind that questions should be professional/semi-professional/general in nature. You can ask “What book are you reading…” and general questions of that nature, but you cannot ask personal questions about age, marital status, family, “Why do you want to leave your current position…,” etc.

Sue Hall, our Library Strategies consultant, will facilitate these sessions.  At the end of each session, after the candidate has left the room, Sue will ask for your impressions.

We hope to see you on Monday, March 6th.  SELCO has arranged for additional parking across the street in the Lourdes High School (fronting Valleyhigh Drive) and IMAA parking lots if needed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Donovan Lambright, SELCO Automation Librarian.

Delivery Update: February 24, 2017

Here are the final updates for Delivery for February 24, 2017:

  • Route 605 – Not Running
  • Route 607 – Not Running
  • Route 612 – Not Running
  • Route 614 – Not Running
  • Route 613 – Turned around due to bad road conditions at 11:30.  The following library locations will not receive delivery today:
    • Triton School, Dodge Center, Kasson, Kasson-Mantorville School, Byron School, Stewartville, Stewartville School, Grand Meadow School, Grand Meadow, Southland School, LeRoy-Ostrander School, LeRoy, Spring Valley.

This reflects all delivery routes.  If you are uncertain of your route, please check the SELCO/SELS Delivery Routes document for your particular number.

If you have any questions, please contact Delivery at delivery_team@selco.info and we’ll respond as soon as we’re able.  

Next Big Library Read: Art of the Pie

The Big Library Read (BLR) is back and the winning title for the next session is:

Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott

Kate McDermott has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Here she shares her secrets to great crusts, fabulous fillings, and to living a good life. This is the only pie cookbook you need.

Any way you slice it, your patrons are going to love it!

Art of the Pie will be available for unlimited access between March 16-30 on the OverDrive catalog.

Get the word out to your patrons

OverDrive also has a variety of FREE assets to help you MLR an even bigger success for your library, including flyers, press releases, images, posters, and more. It’s a great way to get the word out to your patrons and get them existed.

Executive Director Search Committee Meeting Recap for February 10, 2017

This is part of a series of meeting recaps for SELCO & SELS Board members, SELCO staff, and all library staff.  We will post these following each meeting of the search committee.  Please feel free to contact committee members with any questions or comments on the search process.  A list of committee members, with email addresses, can be found at http://www.selco.info/news/search-committee-formed/.

The committee received a report from  Sue Hall, Library Strategies, summarizing phone interviews of six candidates carried out this week.  Based on Sue’s report and examination of the candidates’ resumes, the committee selected four candidates for face-to-face interviews.  These interviews will be carried out from February 21 through February 23 at the SELCO office.  The search process is still confidential and we are unable to release any information on the four semi-finalists.  After these interviews are completed, the committee will select two finalists to be invited back for further interviews and the Meet & Greet sessions for SELCO staff, Board of Directors, and library Directors.  For further details on the Meet & Greet sessions, to be held on March 06, please see the schedule at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzhGKxopcV6-V3JxaFkweXZ5TmM/view?usp=sharing.

After selecting the four semi-finalists, the committee discussed logistical planning for the upcoming rounds of interviews.

The committee did not set their next meeting date but were asked to keep February 28, 2017 free for a possible next meeting.  Recaps will be posted after each of these meetings.  As stated above, please do not hesitate to contact committee members with questions or comments.

SELCO Office Closed for President’s Day

In observance of President’s Day, the SELCO office will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017. On-Call support for urgent technology issues will be available that day from 8 am to 5 pm.

There will be no delivery service on Monday.

Presentation on Library Trends

On January 31, Communication Specialist Jennifer Harveland and Hokah Library Director Shari Carlson did a presentation at a meeting of the Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities (SEMLM). The topic was nationwide library trends and the ways public libraries in our region are implementing them to improve community connections, services, and expand outreach. You can view the PowerPoint presentation here

Executive Director Search Committee Meeting Recap for January 31, 2017

This is part of a series of meeting recaps for SELCO & SELS Board members, SELCO staff, and all library staff.  We will post these following each meeting of the search committee.  Please feel free to contact committee members with any questions or comments on the search process.  A list of committee members, with email addresses, can be found at http://www.selco.info/news/search-committee-formed/.

The bulk of the January 31 meeting was spent preparing for the first two rounds of interviews.  The first round will be conducted via telephone by Library Strategies during the week of February 06.  Sue Hall, Library Strategies, provided the committee with a verbal review of the applications.  The committee then selected six candidates to undergo the phone interviews.  The committee will meet on February 10 to receive Library Strategies’ report summarizing the interviews and select candidates for the next (second) round.

The second round of interviews will be conducted by the Search Committee and Library Strategies at the SELCO office on February 21-23.  These interviews will be carried out face-to-face with three to five candidates selected from the phone interviews.

In their January 31 meeting, the committee reviewed questions for the February 21-23 interviews (questions for the phone interviews were reviewed at a previous meeting).  Logistical details including travel arrangements for candidates, meeting room setup, and interview procedures were also worked out.

The committee received and voted to accept a recommendation from the SELCO Board of Directors Personnel committee concerning contract work to be carried out by Ann Hutton, outgoing SELCO Executive Director, during the transition and in the unlikely event that the search is not successful in hiring a new Executive Director.  This recommendation was not created in response to any specific concerns or issues with the search but rather as contingency plans.

Finally, the committee finalized the members of the team that will carry out negotiations with the candidate selected for the Executive Director position.  This team will consist of:

  • Judy Schotzko, SELCO/SELS Board of Directors President and Search Committee chair
  • Sally Baker, SELCO/SELS Board of Directors
  • Jen Schroeder, SELCO Finance Manager
  • Sue Hall, Library Strategies

The committee will meet next on February 10, 2017 at 10:00 am.  Recaps will be posted after each of these meetings.  As stated above, please do not hesitate to contact committee members with questions or comments.

Quarterly Board and Search Committee Meetings Postponed

Due to the approaching winter storm, SELCO/SELS Board President Judy Schotzko  has postponed the Quarterly Board and Executive Director Search Committee meetings scheduled for Tuesday, January 24.  The meetings will be held on Tuesday, January 31, at the same times as originally scheduled.