MLA Institute for Leadership Excellence — deadline extended!

MILE has extended its deadline through the end of the year. Find application here

The SELCO region has had many participants in this outstanding 4-day conference, including Reagen Thalacker and Pam O’Hara at SELCO. MLA’s incoming president, Patti Bross,  attended in 2017. The 2019 Institute will be held at the beautiful Sugar Lake Lodge in Northern Minnesota.

The MLA Institute for Leadership Excellence provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Develop and refine skills necessary to be a leader in the libraries of tomorrow
  • Develop and move forward on professional and personal goals
  • Network and make connections with people in the broader community
  • Reflect on the variety of leadership opportunities available at the local, regional, and state levels
  • Meet and connect with your individually selected mentor from Minnesota’s professional library community; you will work with this person for up to a year and a half following the Institute

Are you in a position of leadership within your library? Do you have aspirations of one day taking a leadership role at your library? Do you find yourself providing leadership for colleagues even though your official position might not be a leadership position?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then MILE is for you!

MILE helps you discover the leader within yourself and learn to lead effectively today—even if your current position is not one of leadership. During the four-day conference, selected participants spend their days in an intimate conference setting with 24 other emerging library leaders from across the state. They learn about using improvisational humor and creative idea generation to foster creative approaches to problem solving and strategic planning, discover their personal strengths, and learn to lead no matter what their current library position may be.

Visit the 2019 MILE website.

New Help Desk Numbers

help desk numbersAn email has been sent to directors and flyers went out in Delivery today, announcing changes in accessing the Help Desk. Beginning Wednesday, December 5, SELCO will have a new phone system with an automated attendant. This system will streamline our phone communication and reduce costs. 

The biggest change library staff will feel as a result of this is that there are no longer Help Desk-specific phone numbers; we will simply use the main number and toll-free number to access the Help Desk. In order to do so, you will dial (507)-288-5513 OR 800-992-5061 and choose Option 1. 

We ask that directors ensure that they share this with staff. A flyer is going out in Delivery today to each of our online libraries, and a revised copy of the Help Desk flyer that is typically shared in the Back-to-School packet is attached so that you may print and post as many copies as needed throughout your site and in procedural manuals, etc.

You may begin using the “new” numbers immediately. They are, again, (507)-288-5513 OR 800-992-5061. The phone system switch will be made on Wednesday, December 5, after which the old numbers will no longer be in service.

SELCO Among Top Lenders & Borrowers of MNLINK Materials

In a recently released article from Minitex, they listed the top lenders and borrowers for MNLINK, the statewide resource sharing system, for FY2018.

SELCO comes in at #3 for lenders, with 35,084 items, for the state behind some larger systems like Hennepin County and Great River Regional.  We also come in at #4, with 35,104 items, for borrowers behind Hennepin County, Dakota County, and East Central Regional.  In addition we’re given kudos as being one of the top five net lenders in the state.

MNLINK is an essential part of library services in Minnesota and benefits patrons from all walks of life.  When libraries lend and borrow materials via MNLINK they broaden the access their patrons have from what they just have on their shelves to a collaborative collection of several million items.

Be sure to look at the article for more specific details.

SELCO-Region Authors Recognized

SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) is pleased to announce that an author from the region has won the grand prize in the MN Writes MN Reads contest, and another was named a finalist. Launched earlier this year, MN Writes MN Reads is a suite of resources to help local authors connect with local readers, and potentially with readers across the country.

The winner is Lizbeth Selvig, a Lonsdale Library patron, with her novel Betting on Paradise, and Chris Norbury, an Owatonna Library patron, was named a finalist for his novel Castle Danger.  This is the first self-published author contest, which recognizes the best self-published authors in the state of Minnesota. We extend our congratulations to these authors, and we hope to hold some events throughout the region so that people will have the chance to meet them. Winners were announced on October 11 at the annual Minnesota Library Association convention in St. Cloud, MN.

SELCO Executive Director Krista Ross said, “I am thrilled that two of the many talented writers in the SELCO region were recognized for their work, and I hope that SELCO libraries will be able to welcome them to do readings, meet fans, and share their experience of publishing with MN Writes MN Reads. The regional library systems and other collaborators look forward to having even greater participation across the state next year.”

If you’re an author, start getting your next self-published masterpiece ready; they will be hosting another contest in 2019.

MN Writes MN Reads was created in conjunction with other Minnesota regional library systems and Minitex, MN Writes MN Reads allows authors and readers to create, share, and read ebooks. Visit for more information.

Member Satisfaction Survey Launched

As part of the SELCO/SELS Strategic Plan, we are working on improving member satisfaction. The first step toward this is to establish a baseline level of member satisfaction. On September 10, 2018, all SELCO/SELS members were sent the survey link via email.

In an effort to keep the survey anonymous, respondents are not asked to identify their specific library. Because of this, we are asking for one response per member library.

The survey will be open until September 21, 2018.

Penguin Random House eBook Model Change

Effective October 1, 2018, Penguin Random House is changing their ebook lending model from One Copy/One User to a two-year Metered Access term. This change affects all Public, School, & Special libraries in all territories where Penguin Random House ebooks are sold. Please see this letter from Penguin Random House for more information.

Penguin Random House will continue to release eBooks to libraries on the same date they are released to retailers. The model includes a lower cost for the titles over up to $55 per adult title, $45 per YA title, and $35 per juvenile title.

Back to School Packet 2018-19

 With a new school year beginning we have a brand new Back to School Packet for you.  You’ll find a link below to a Google Drive folder which includes updates and information on:
  • SELCO-SELS Quick Reference
  • Universal Services for Libraries
  • Services for Online Libraries
  • Continuing Education (Save the Date, MackinVIA Informational Meeting, Practical Librarianship Brochure, Special Collections)
  • Delivery/ILL (Delivery Criteria, Routing Slip, Codes, Routes & Schedule, Pull Lists & Delivery – Important Dates, Handling of MNLINK Items)
  • Information Services (Cataloging Update, Citrix Install, Help Desk, Circulation Cheat Sheet)
  • Legacy (Book Club in a Bag Brochure, Legacy Programs)
Feel free to print what you need, save a copy of a document to their desktop for a quick reference, or even bookmark the this link in their web browser to serve as a sort of one-stop shop for some of the basic SELCO/SELS information. 
Please share this widely with your staff and should you have any further questions, feel free to contact the office at 507.288.5513

Ebooks MN FY 2018 Stats

Valerie Horton from Minitex has sent out the statistics of use for the Ebooks MN collection of materials in state fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). These are the freely available, statewide titles which authenticate through the location of the ISP.

Here is the full spreadsheet and also one where with only the towns in the SELCO region. Minitex also has calendar year reports for the last two years in the FAQs of their website.

2018 MLA Conference Scholarships Awarded

SELCO is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients to this year’s Minnesota Library Association Conference to be held October 11 – 12, 2018 at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

The recipients are:

  • DeAnna McCabe – Hokah Public Library
  • Nancy Hackenmiller – Kasson Public Library
  • Layna Mestad – Northfield Public Library
  • Rachel Gray – Van Horn Public Library

Congratulations! We look forward to hearing about your experiences! 

Delivery Running Behind: Route 613 on M., 7.30.18

The delivery van for Route 613 received a flat tire today, Monday,  7.30.18, and as such is now running 2.5 hours behind. 
Due to the severity of the delay and the late hour of the day already, the following libraries will not receive delivery today:
  • Stewartville Public Library
  • Grand Meadow Public Library
  • LeRoy Public Library
  • Spring Valley Public Library
We recognize that this causes an inconvenience in processing for each of these libraries, and appreciate your patience with this interruption in service.  Delivery will occur as regularly scheduled tomorrow.  If we receive any further information, this post will be updated accordingly.