2017 MN Book Award Reviews

The Minnesota Book Awards are sponsored each year by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. Finalists were announced earlier this month. SELCO staff and library staff from around the region are contributing to our reviews of the 36 books in nine categories; Poetry, General Nonfiction, Children’s Literature, Genre Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Novel & Short Story, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, and Middle Grade Literature.

You can find links to the brief reviews on our website or go directly to our MNBA 2017 playlist on SELCOtv. We will be posting reviews throughout the month of March. Winners will be announced April 8, 2017 at a ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel St. Paul Riverfront. 

Technology Users Group Videos Available for Viewing

The Technology Users Group met on Tuesday, November 1. This forum for continuing education of regional library staff on various technological topics is designed for Automation Contacts at SELCO Online Libraries but is open for any staff of any library to attend. Videos of the presentations from the meeting are available for viewing on SELCOtv. The next meeting is tentatively set for May 9, 2017.
Horizon 7.5.4 – presented by Donovan Lambright
Cataloging Partners – presented by Cheryl Hill, Becky Lashinski and Chris Austin
Citrix Update – presented by Donovan Lambright
Ebooks MN – presented by Tyler Irvin
StackMap – presented by Alexa Roy
Website Usability – presented by Terry Glidden
Pokemon Go – presented by Samantha TerBeest

Minnesota Book Awards Announced

MNBA logo purpleSaturday, April 16, the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library held their annual gala at St. Paul’s Union Depot. More than 900 people were on hand for the 28th Annual Minnesota Book Awards.

The winners are all listed on the Friends’ site here, and you can see brief reviews of all 32 finalists on SELCOtv.

What Does That Mean?

There’s a new program on SELCOtv! What Does That Mean? is a very short (about a minute) program featuring definitions of library and technology terms.  Ever wondered what we means when she refers to SQL?  Or tried to explain what digitization means to your Board?  What does that mean? is the show for you.

Each episode is short and sticks to just the facts with a quick, easy to understand definition of the term in question.  Sometimes the term will be a piece of technology jargon.  Sometimes it will be libraryspeak.  And still other times, it might be one of those terms that state and federal bureaucracies just love to create.  Regardless, What does that mean? will have you understanding whatever jargon the library and tech world can throw at you.

What does that mean? will come out twice a week, starting the week of April 29, 2013.  But here’s a sneak preview of our first episode:  SQL.  Enjoy!