Committees are typically made up of library representatives from around the region and provide advisement to SELCO/SELS. The range of topics addressed by committees is diverse, as is the range of services offered by SELCO/SELS. SELCO/SELS hosts a number of standing committees with members either elected by the library membership or appointed by the Executive Director.
The SELCO and SELS Advisory Committees and ILS Operations meet on a regular schedule. Various other groups meet as needed and participant calendars permit. As new projects are undertaken, the Executive Director may appoint Ad Hoc Committees with a directed focus for a limited time and scope.
As described in the SELCO Bylaws Article VII Section 2. Advisory Committee:
The chief administrators of the member libraries shall constitute the Executive Director's Advisory Committee. They shall be available to meet with the Executive Director at his/her request at least six (6) times per year to consult and advise him/her with respect to the discharge of his/her duties. The committee shall have only informal advisory power.
The governance for Southeast Library System (SELS), the multicounty, multitype library system is established in Minnesota Statute 134.351, Subd D:
Subd. 4.Governance.(a)In any area where the boundaries of a proposed multicounty, multitype library system coincide with the boundaries of the regional library system or district, the regional library system or district board shall be designated as the governing board for the multicounty, multitype library system. In any area where a proposed multicounty, multitype library system encompasses more than one regional library system or district, the governing board of the multicounty, multitype library system shall consist of nine members appointed by the cooperating regional library system or district boards from their own membership in proportion to the population served by each cooperating regional library system or district. In each multicounty, multitype library system there shall be established an advisory committee consisting of two representatives of public libraries, two representatives of school media services, one representative of special libraries, one representative of public supported academic libraries, and one representative of private academic libraries. The advisory committee shall recommend needed policy to the system governing board.
The Data Standards and Access Committee will meet periodically and be responsible for:
- Recommending standards for the creation and use of borrower and bibliographic records including indexing and display
- Recommending procedures for ensuring borrower and bibliographic database integrity
- Assisting with the development and continual enhancement of a user friendly online web catalog
- Assisting with creation of appropriate documentation for library staff
Advises SELCO staff and the Technology Policy Committee appointed by the SELCO/SELS Board of Directors on issues related to the configuration, operation, maintenance, and continuing development of the SELCO Integrated Library System (ILS) and other technology services.