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.

SELCO Scholarships to MLA 2018 Now Available!

SELCO is pleased to offer four scholarships of up to $600 each to attend the Minnesota Library Association 2018 Conference! This event will be held at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, MN on October 11 – 12, 2018. The following items may qualify for reimbursement:

  • registration, opens August 1st
  • hotel
  • meals not covered by the conference
  • round trip mileage from your library
  • parking

The application deadline for those interested in being considered for a SELCO scholarship is Monday, August 13, 2018. Please complete the application found here.

Contact the SELCO office with any questions.

New Resources for Accessing OverDrive Materials

OverDrive and Libby iconsThe exciting new partnership between SELCO and Rochester Public Library allows patrons to access digital materials from each of the 2 separate collections. SELCO patrons can learn more about how to access eBooks from RPL’s collection in these very brief videos on SELCOtv. Instructions for using Libby are located here, and using OverDrive from the SELCO Online Catalog are here

For detailed instructions on downloading, installing, and using Libby to access the digital collections, see this handy brochure produced by Rochester Public Library and edited for SELCO patrons.

New Titles Added to the Professional Collection

Each year SELCO/SELS works to add new titles to the Professional Collection.  These are available to be checked out by everyone through the region’s catalog.  Please see below for the recent additions:

  • Better by Design: An Introduction to Planning and Designing a New Library by Ayub Kahn
  • The Black Belt Librarian: Real World Safety & Security by Warren Graham
  • Book Repair: A How-To-Do-It Manual by Kenneth Lavender
  • Build a Great Team: One Year to Success by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
  • Disaster Planning for Libraries: Process and Guidelines by Guy Robertson
  • Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries by Miriam B. Kahn
  • Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug
  • Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making by Sam Kaner
  • Getting Started with Evaluation by Peter Hernon
  • Getting Started with littleBits: Prototyping and Inventing with Modular Electronics by Ayah Bdeir
  • Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez
  • The Librarian’s Nitty Gritty Guide to Social Media by Laura Soloman
  • Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation by AnnMarie Thomas
  • Managing Library Volunteers by Preston Driggers
  • Marketing Your Library’s Electronic Resources: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians by Marie R. Kennedy
  • Mapping Experiences: A Complete Guide to Creating Value Through Journeys, Blueprints, and Diagrams by James Kalbach
  • Performance Management and Appraisal: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians by G. Edward Evans
  • Product Roadmaps Relaunched: How to Set Direction while Embracing Uncertainty by C. Todd Lombardo
  • Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See by Megan Dowd Lambert
  • School Library Makerspaces: Grades 6-12 by Leslie B. Preddy
  • Successfully Serving the College Bound by Africa S. Hands
  • What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work by Adrian Gostick
  • Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a MakerSpace at Your School by Laura Fleming

NOTICE: Changes to Lost & Damaged ILL Materials Reimbursement Claims

After conversations between multiple member library committees a decision has been made to streamline the process by which SELCO Online Libraries (those who participate in the SELCO region Horizon catalog) claim reimbursement for lost interlibrary loan (ILL) items.  Because this affects damaged items as well as the process for Rochester Public Library, here are the basics of what you need to know.
 
Beginning in FY19 (July 1, 2018) follow these instructions for claiming reimbursement for lost or damaged materials:
  • SELCO Online Libraries:
    • Lost ILL materials – will be claimed quarterly via an automated process of a report run by SELCO/SELS staff.
    • Damaged ILL materials must still be claimed manually via this Damaged ILL Materials Form.
  • Rochester Public Library:
For more detailed information about the reimbursement process in both cases, please click on the following documents:
Please share this information widely with all relevant staff and update any bookmarks accordingly.  The current form will cease functioning at the end of June.  This information can also be found on the SELCO/SELS Interlibrary Loan & Delivery website HERE.