SELS Scholarships to the 2018 ITEM Fall Conference Now Available

SELS is pleased to offer three scholarships to attend the 2018 Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM) Fall Conference at the Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, MN on October 25 – 27, 2018. Eligible items for reimbursement may include:

  • registration
  • hotel stay
  • meal on Thursday night should you choose to participate
  • mileage
  • parking

The total reimbursement will not exceed $500. The application deadline for those interested in being considered for a SELS scholarship is Friday, June 22, 2018. Please complete the application found here.

Contact the SELCO office with any questions.

2018 ARSL Scholarships Announced

SELCO is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients to this year’s Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference to be held September 13 – 15, 2018 at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield, IL.

The recipients are:

  • Ingvild Herfindahl – Dodge Center Public Library
  • LaVonne Beach – La Crescent Public Library
  • Lezlea Dahlke – Winona Public Library
  • James Hill – Zumbrota Public Library

Congratulations! We look forward to reading about your experience!

2018 ARSL Scholarships Available

SELCO is pleased to offer four scholarships of up to $1,000 each to attend the 2018 Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference! This event will be held at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield, IL on September 13 – 15, 2018. The following items may qualify for reimbursement:

  • registration
  • hotel
  • meals other than the five included in your registration
  • transportation
  • parking

The application deadline for those interested in being considered for a SELCO scholarship is Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Please complete the application found here.

Please note that there is a wait list for registration at this time. You must be registered to receive this scholarship.

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

School Media Center End Dates for Pull Lists & Delivery 2018

The end of term dates for 2018 are:

  • Pull Lists will be deactivated for all school media centers on the first Friday of May: May 4, 2018.
    • Outstanding requests with school pickup locations will be deleted on the date listed above.
    • MNLINK items received at SELCO for school locations after this date will be sent back.
  • Final due date for all school media center patrons will be the third Friday of May: May 18, 2018.
    • MNLINK items will also follow this due date.
    • Note: This does not include public library patrons. This means school items loaned to public libraries will not use the school’s final due date, but will follow the school’s normal circulation rules.  
  • Last day of Delivery for all school media centers will be the Friday after Memorial Day: June 1, 2018.
    • School items received at SELCO after this date will be returned to their library in the fall. 

Delivery will resume and Pull Lists turned on the first Wednesday after Labor Day, which this year is September 5, 2018.  If you have any questions about the Pull Lists please contact the SELCO HelpDesk (helpdesk@selco.info or 507.529.4469); if you have any questions about Delivery please contact the Delivery Team (delivery_team@selco.info). 

DELIVERY CANCELLED – 4.3.18

Due to the winter storm, all delivery routes are cancelled for Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A reminder that when delivery is cancelled due to weather conditions, all libraries who were set to receive delivery on the cancelled day are to receive delivery the following day.

Should you have any further questions, please contact the SELCO/SELS office.

Enhancing Quality Staff 2018 Scholarships Available

SELCO is pleased to offer ten scholarships of $75 each to cover early bird registration (opens April 2) for the Enhancing Quality Staff Symposium held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. This symposium is presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries and is designed for library paraprofessionals and support staff, although everyone is welcome to attend.  Scholarship recipients will receive reimbursement following the symposium and completion of a short conference report sharing your experience. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

The application deadline for those interested in being considered for a SELCO scholarship is Friday, April 13, 2018 at 12 noon. 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.

Discontinuation of Hot Reads for Cold Nights Program

After 20+ years and an in-depth assessment of the program, we here at SELCO/SELS have decided to discontinue Hot Reads for Cold Nights.  When it was originally conceived, no one here could’ve guessed how many libraries we would’ve been able to reach over the many years, shipping orders to California and Michigan and New York, along with the many libraries in our home state of Minnesota.

It’s been a true pleasure to provide this opportunity to so many and we wanted to advise you of our decision early in this calendar year so that libraries who do this kind of reading program have time to plan for next winter.
 
Thank you for your support over the decades and we wish you luck in your future winter reading programs.

OverDrive Big Library Read

The next Big Library Read from OverDrive will be April 2-16, featuring the title Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha. It will be available in both ebook and audiobook format for unlimited simultaneous downloads during the run of the program.
 
Big Library Read Marketing Materials
If you plan to participate in the upcoming program, be sure to take advantage of all the available FREE assets to help make BLR an even bigger success for your library, including flyers, press releases, images, posters, social media graphics and more. It’s a great way to get your patrons excited.
 
Be sure to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #biglibraryread. And your readers have have a chance to win a Kobo Aura ONE when they use #biglibraryread on social media. Visit biglibraryread.com for the official rules.
 
 
Flat Broke with Two Goats
Jennifer McGaha and her husband foreclosed on their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a one-hundred-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. But what started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land. Told with bold wit, unflinching honesty, and a firm foot in the traditions of Appalachia, Flat Broke with Two Goats blends stories of homesteading with the journey of two people rediscovering the true meaning of home.