SELCO 2017 ARSL Scholarships Awarded

SELCO is pleased to announce the scholarship winners to this year’s Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) conference to be held September 7 – 9, 2017 at the Dixie Center in St. George, UT.

The winners are:

  • Debara Smith – Brownsdale Public Library
  • Ashley Dress – Caledonia Public Library
  • Tara Johnson – Lanesboro Public Library
  • Beth Anderson – Preston Public Library

Congratulations! We look forward to hearing about your experiences!

Finals Week for the Legislature

The following information was shared via email with the library community on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.

The legislature must adjourn at midnight next Monday. All of the GOP budget
and tax bills have passed and been vetoed by Governor Dayton. The Governor
and legislative leaders have been meeting and exchanging global budget
offers since yesterday. There has been some progress and the omnibus
Agriculture bill has been agreed to. This is the smallest of the budget
bills and typically the first one to be resolved.

The Governor and GOP leaders have traded numbers on the E-12 bill. Dayton’s
initial E-12 bill called for $713 million in spending, including $175
million to expand his signature voluntary pre-K initiative. Yesterday he
offer the $606 million and $100 million for VPK expansion. The GOP’s now
vetoed E-12 bill spent $300 million, but late yesterday they offered $408
million for E-12. They didn’t offer details and are likely still dug in
against funding any portion of the Governor’s VPK program. They instead want
to invest in the early learning scholarship program.

Leaders are meeting again this morning and we may see new budget offers. I
don’t think a deal on E-12 is imminent for today, but I encourage you to
contact your legislators at this point and urge them to include regional
library funding in the E-12 bill. This is a good time for them to hear from
you as it looks like a slower day for each body.

Bonding bill –
The House is in recess until 4pm, but is scheduled to take up a bill that
will serve as their bonding bill. HF 575 will serve as the vehicle for the
bonding bill. The delete-all amendment for the floor includes $2 million for
library construction projects. You can view the amendment here:

Legacy –

There’s no sign of the Legacy conference committee coming in to meet. I’m
assuming they will come in for a perfunctory public review of their deal in
the next few days when they’re ready to share it.

Samuel P. Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates

WordPress Security Update Coming Today

WordPress has announced a “minor” security update to version 4.7.5 this morning. The announcement was somewhat abrupt in that it came out without the early warnings that usually precede updates. While the flaws the upgrade fixes seem fairly minor, we always pay attention to abrupt security updates and try to carry them out quickly to forestall problems.

SELCO has notified libraries for whom we host websites that we plan to carry out this upgrade today. We will be monitoring the websites and also ask that each library keep an eye on their own website to catch any themes or plugins that might be adversely affected by the update. We will also update the SELCO website today. Reports of problems on any SELCO-hosted website should be sent to the SELCO Help Desk.

Scholarships Available for the ARSL Annual Conference 2017

SELCO will offer four scholarships to attend the 2017 Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference at the Dixie Center in St. George, UT on September 7 – 9, 2017.  Eligible items for reimbursement may include:

  • registration at the early bird rate
  • 1 year ARSL membership
  • up to 4 nights hotel stay at the conference rate
  • round trip flight
  • meals not covered by the conference
  • roundtrip mileage from your library to the airport

Total reimbursement not to exceed $1,500.  The application deadline for those interested in being considered for a SELCO scholarship is Friday, May 26, 2017 at 12 noon.  Please complete the application found here.

In the event there are more than four scholarship applicants, names will be drawn by lot.  Contact the SELCO office with any questions.

SELCO Welcomes Executive Director Krista Ross

Krista Ross takes charge of SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) as Executive Director today, stepping in to lead the 11-county regional system serving public, academic, school and special libraries She has more than 24 years of experience in various areas of the library world, including positions as library clerk, reference librarian and library director.  Prior to joining the staff at SELCO, she served eleven years as system director in the Southwest Wisconsin Library System, providing services to 28 member public libraries in a large geographic area with diverse needs.   

“I believe libraries are stronger when they work together,” Ross said. “I look forward to joining the SELCO staff and member libraries as we continue the SELCO traditions of innovation and collaboration. I am passionately committed to providing the resources and support for staff development and member library success.”

Ross has been active in the wider Wisconsin library community; a member of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) since 1999, she has served on various committees, including the WLA Library Development and Legislation Committee.  She recently chaired the task force implementing the WLA Leadership Development Institute, and had the honor of serving as the 2014 WLA Board President.  She has also served on a number of workgroups and committees charged with studying the future of public library systems in Wisconsin.  She has been involved with the Public Library System Redesign project, serving as the facilitator for the delivery workgroup since 2016.  Krista has also been a mentor for the Bremer Rural Libraries and Literacy Institute (Wisconsin) and Wisconsin ILEAD.

As Ross begins her tenure, former Executive Director Ann Hutton remains on staff until April 28 to ensure a smooth transition. Congratulations may be offered to Krista on our Facebook page .


Immigration Stories & a Digital Story-making Website

Immigrant Stories is the digital storytelling and archiving project from the University of Minnesota.  They’ve recently launched a story-making website,, along with a series of educational curricula.  The website helps anyone make, share, and preserve a digital story about a personal or family immigration experience.  The curricula is designed to help librarians and educators teach others to make digital stories with the website in high schools, colleges, English language classes, and public workshops.  All of the resources are free, so library staff could run their own workshop without the assistance.

The Project: The Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) has been creating, sharing, and preserving digital stories (short videos) by immigrants and refugees since 2013 through our Immigrant Stories project. Our collection – which is on the MN Digital Library as well as the Digital Public Library of America now has 230+ stories representing over 50 different groups. 

Website: They just launched the new digital story-making website that allows anyone to write, create, edit, and share their own digital story all within the website!

Curricula: They have free curriculum to help librarians and educators teach others to make their own stories using the website:

For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Venditto, Community Program Associate at the Immigration History Research Center at UMN via e-mail at or 612.626.3792.

Banned Books Week Grants Available through Freedom to Read Foundation

Applications are now open for the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Banned Books Weeks Grants offered through the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

Each year FTRF distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Weeks celebration (Sept. 24 – 30, 2017.)  Staff at all types of libraries, schools, universities, and community organizations are encouraged to apply. Grants are awarded at two levels, $1,000 and $2,500. 

To be eligible for a grant, organizations must not have been a recipient of an FTRF grant within the past five years. Grantees also receive an ALA 2017 Banned Books Week Promo-Kit valued at $84 (which includes one poster, one roll of stickers, one 50-pack of the “2017 Field Report: Banned and Challenged Books,” one 100-pack of bookmarks and one tote bag).  Grantees are encouraged to share their events on social media and with the press. A follow-up report detailing expenditures, numbers of participants, links to press coverage and a narrative of the event is due within six weeks of the Banned Books Week celebration.

FTRF Founder Judith F. Krug was a fierce proponent of education and intellectual freedom.  During Krug’s lengthy career she worked non-stop to prevent censorship and protect First Amendment rights.  Librarians and intellectual freedom advocates have an opportunity to continue this work and stand up for the First Amendment by providing innovative, educational and often fun programming to highlight Banned Books Week.

Deadline to apply is May 12, 2017

Visit the Freedom to Read Foundation online to learn more about past recipients and their projects or to apply.  Contact FTRF staff at or 312-280-4226 with questions.

New Titles Added to the Professional Collection

SELCO has added the following new titles to its Professional Collection.  Click HERE to search through the 400+ titles available in the catalog.

  • Better Library Design: Ideas from Library Journal
  • BiblioCraft: The Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects
  • Books in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Books through Art, Games, Movement, Music, Playacting, and Props
  • Creative Inteventions with Traumatized Children, 2nd Edition
  • Developing a Compensation Plan for Your Library
  • The Good, the Great, and the Unfriendly: A Librarian’s Guide to Working with Friends Groups
  • Intellectual Freedom Manual, 9th Edition
  • Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery
  • No More Reading for Junk: Best Practices for Motivating Readers
  • No More Summer-Reading Loss
  • Practical Cataloging: AACR2, RDA, and MARC21
  • Preserving Archives, 2nd Edition
  • Purposeful Play: A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day
  • Shared Collections: Collaborative Stewardship
  • Staff Development on a Shoestring: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians
  • Storytelling for Grantseekers, A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising
  • Succession Planning in the Library: Developing Leaders, Managing Change
  • Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap
  • Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World: Multicultural Education for Young Children, 4th Edition
  • Trauma-Informed Practices With Children and Adolescents

Submit a Proposal for MLA 2017!

Don’t delay in submitting your program proposals for Radical Librarianship the MLA 2017 Annual Conference—the deadline is May 1! The MLA Annual Conference equips library staff with new ideas and tools to stay up-to-date, innovate, and succeed in their careers. A presentation at the conference can have an immediate and lasting impact on local libraries. Please help shape the MLA 2017 Annual Conference.

Remember there are a few changes this year. We have new tracks we hope will spark some radical thoughts as you consider a proposal. And, each conference session is 50 minutes in length. 

Click HERE to learn everything you need to know about submitting a proposal.

Please submit one form for each session that you are interested in presenting or coordinating. Proposals will be reviewed by the MLA Conference Program Planning Committee with input from the various MLA divisions and other subunits. Presenters of accepted proposals will be notified by June 1. Should your program be selected, complete program details will be needed by June 22.

Please feel free to contact the Program Committee Co-Chairs with any questions or concerns.

Amy Mars ( and Margaret Stone (Margaret.Stone@CO.DAKOTA.MN.US)
Program Committee Co-Chairs

School Media Center End Dates for Pull Lists & Delivery 2017

The end of term dates for 2017 are:

  • Pull Lists will be deactivated for all school media centers on the first Friday of May: May 05, 2017.
    • Outstanding requests with school pickup locations will be deleted on the date listed above.
    • MNLINK items received at SELCO for school locations after this date will be sent back.
  • Final due date for all school media center patrons will be the third Friday of May: May 19, 2017.
    • MNLINK items will also follow this due date.
    • Note: This does not include public library patrons. This means school items loaned to public libraries will not use the school’s final due date, but will follow the school’s normal circulation rules.  
  • Last day of Delivery for all school media centers will be the Friday after Memorial Day: June 2, 2017.
    • School items received at SELCO after this date will be returned to their library in the fall. 

Delivery will resume and Pull Lists turned on the first Wednesday after Labor Day, which this year is Sept. 6, 2017. If you have any questions about the Pull Lists please contact the SELCO Help Desk; if you have any questions about Delivery please contact the Delivery Team (