RFP for Strategic Planning Consulting Approved

In their July 25, 2017, meeting, the SELCO/SELS Board of Directors approved a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking consultant services to assist in developing the FY2019 – FY2021 SELCO/SELS Strategic Plan. According to the RPF, the consultant selected for the project will:

  • collect, analyze, and interpret input from the library community
  • facilitate three to five meetings of the Extended Strategic Planning Committee
  • will prepare a working draft of the strategic plan.

The RFP will be posted to numerous library professional websites and will be sent directly to firms known for success in strategic planning projects.  Proposals must be submitted to the SELCO Executive Director no later than 5:00 P.M. on Friday, August 25, 2017 in PDF format to kross@selco.info. Questions should be directed to Krista L. Ross, SELCO Executive Director at 507-288-5513 or kross@selco.info.

FY2019 -FY2021 Strategic Plan Development RFP

“Big Trends in Small and Rural Libraries” – Free Webinar

Sponsored by the Association of Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL)

Operating a library in a small and rural community comes with its own set of challenges. Join representatives from the Association for Rural & Small Libraries to learn the latest in trends and big ideas. Ask librarians familiar with the unique challenges of small and rural locations. What’s your biggest challenge?
 
Join ARSL for this free 45 minute discussion about the trends and challenges of small and rural libraries. Follow this link to submit your questions about your small or rural library’s greatest challenges.
 
Date: Wed, July 26, 1pm EDT 
 
Presented by representatives of ARSL as developed by Becky Heil, Gail Sheldon, Tena Hanson and Mary Soucie.
 
Registration: 

Delivery Moved 790,000+ Items in FY2017

Each fiscal year, the SELCO Delivery Team – Bob Olson, Sarah Bradway, and Jade Winsor – do three sample “Count Days” to help assess how many items are moving through the SELCO region delivery in a single fiscal year.  A “Count Day” consists of the team counting each item that comes through delivery and then tallying the items for the day.  Counts are done in August, November, and March.  

The single day samples for FY2017 were:

  • August 2016 – 2865 (tends to be lighter due to schools being out for the summer)
  • November 2017 – 3326
  • March 2017 – 3562

Utilizing a formula which takes into account how many days per month delivery is done, the summer months, and the academic year…791,820 items were circulated in FY2017!

That number is an increase from the previous year and is also impressive for the region when compared to the fact that Minitex circulates roughly 700,000 for the whole state in the same amount of time.

 

ITEM 2017 SELS Scholarships Awarded

SELS is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients to this year’s Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM) conference to be held October 5 – 7, 2017 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, MN.

The recipients are:

  • Anne Marie Griffin – Gibbs Elementary School in Rochester
  • Stacie Alison – Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Rochester
  • Jill Nysse – Winona Middle School in Winona

Congratulations! We look forward to hearing about your experiences!

Grant Funding for ALA & Google’s “Libraries Ready to Code” Program

ALA has recently “announced a competitive grant program, sponsored by Google, that will fund a cohort of 25-50 school and public libraries to develop resources to help get U.S. libraries “Ready to Code.” The $500,000 pilot program is part of Phase III of Libraries Ready to Code, an ongoing collaboration between ALA and Google to ensure expert library professionals are prepared to develop and deliver programming that promotes computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) among youth, two skills that will be required for challenges and jobs of the future.”  Click HERE to read more.  Applications will be open mid-July through August 2017.

Volunteer at the State Fair

alphabet forest Minnesota state fairThe Minnesota State Fair is in search of volunteers to help in the Alphabet Forest at the fair Aug. 24 – Sept. 4, as well as set-up Aug. 20 and clean up day Sept. 5. The Forest is a favorite spot for families to spend part of their day at the Fair discovering alphabet and vocabulary building activities. Each volunteer shift during the fair needs seven to nine volunteers to cover the variety of activities available in the Forest. You can volunteer as many or as few days as you wish, and each volunteer will receive an admission ticket for the day(s) they volunteer.

Shifts are 8:45 AM – 12 PM, 11:45 AM – 3 PM, 2:45 PM – 6 PM and 5:45 – 8:30 PM. Sunday, August 20 help is needed from 10:30 AM – 4 PM and on Tuesday, September 5 the shift is 11 AM – 3 PM.

You can sign up online here. If you prefer, you may email Shannon Buchda or call her at 651-288-4395.

SELS Scholarships to the 2017 ITEM Fall Conference Now Available

SELS is pleased to offer two scholarships to attend the 2017 Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota Fall Conference at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, MN on October 5 – 7, 2017. Eligible items for reimbursement may include:

  • registration at the early bird rate – ends July 31
  • hotel stay at the conference rate
  • meals not covered by the conference
  • parking
  • roundtrip mileage from your library

The total reimbursement will not exceed $500. The application deadline for those interested in being considered for a SELS scholarship is Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Please complete the application found here.

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

SELCO Scholarships to MLA 2017 Now Available!

SELCO is pleased to offer ten scholarships to attend the Minnesota Library Association 2017 Annual Conference at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN on October 5 – 6, 2017. Eligible items for reimbursement may include:

  • registration at the early bird, member rate – opens July 27
  • hotel stay at the conference rate
  • meals not covered by the conference
  • parking
  • roundtrip mileage from your library

The total reimbursement will not exceed $350. The application deadline for those interested in being considered for a SELCO scholarship is Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Please complete the application found here.

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

Storytime Volunteers Sought for Capitol Grand Re-Opening

capitol logoOn August 11, 12 and 13, the state is celebrating the grand re-opening of the Capitol.  Jennifer  Nelson and Jen Verbrugge at State Library Services have been working with the celebration planning team to develop family friendly activities, and they want Minnesota’s librarians to be part of the celebration. A Kids Zone will be set up each day from 11 AM – 4 PM and feature activities from the Science and Children’s Museums.  MELSA has loaned three ‘story walk’ books that will be set up as a Picture Book Promenade on the Capitol lawn. Storytimes will be offered each day at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM and they are seeking any library staff to volunteer for a 20-30 minute slot. Storytimes will be presented inside the Capitol, and they plan a quieter room with engaging books to give families a nice environment for a playful interaction with books.  Interested staff may Contact Jen Verbrugge by July 14 to schedule a time.

There are hundreds of other volunteer opportunities over the three day celebration, and volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt for the event. You can sign up to volunteer here.  If you have questions about the weekend, or how you can become involved, please email Courtney Jasper.