Delivery Route Charlie Cancelled Due to Weather

Route Charlie has been cancelled for delivery today, Monday, January 28th, due to the driver being unable to make it in and no other substitutes being available.

All other routes are currently running.  If anything should change, this post will be updated and an e-mail will be sent to the relevant routes.

If you have any questions, please contact the Delivery Team via

SELCO Reorg Update Webinar on Feb 06

SELCO is undergoing a reorganization of services and staffing. Join Krista Ross, SELCO/SELS Executive Director, for this 30-minute webinar for a quick update on this transformative process.

When: February 06, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Where: On your computer or mobile device!

Register now!

RESCHEDULED: SELCO/SELS Quarterly Board Meeting

Due to inclement weather this evening’s, January 22, 2019 SELCO/SELS Quarterly Board meeting is being rescheduled for Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 5:30p.  Meeting materials can be found here.  If you have any questions, please contact the office at 507.288.5513.

LAUNCH: Information Portal Now Live!

SELCO staff have developed an easy “one-stop shop” for a lot of the front line tasks that libraries contact us about; things like Horizon, interlibrary loan, delivery, reports, technology and training.  We’re happy to announce that the new Information Portal is now live!
Please take some time to look through the site to see what is available.  Below you’ll find instructions for adding a bookmark for the link to your browser and we’ve added a new Quick Link entitled “Info Portal” at the very top of this website.
The goal of this portal is to put information about a number of daily tasks in one place.  We’ve done initial testing of the site with various groups but if you have feedback, please click the Suggestions link at the bottom of the portal website and fill out that form.
Thanks to everyone who assisted with testing and providing content and feedback along the way.  Your input was highly valued – we couldn’t have built this without you, and we will appreciate your feedback as we continue to improve it.

Understanding Horizon Settings class now available!

At the request of the ILS Operations/Technology Policy joint committee, SELCO has developed a class required for all Library Directors to better understand the complicated settings in the Horizon System: Understanding Horizon Settings. Directors may choose to include their automation contacts or other staff as well. You will have 12 months to complete the class and have your site visit. Find the class Understanding Horizon Settings in CLOTH, using your previous CLOTH login.
As Donovan said in a previous post,  we are continuing a moratorium on changes to your Horizon settings. This pause will be in effect for each library until it completes the class and the corresponding site visit. 
The class has no tests, but includes two parts: 
1. Read through the CLOTH class, printing and taking notes where indicated. 
2. Once class is complete, arrange a site visit (send a Help Desk ticket) in which SELCO looks through your settings and your notes with you, and comes up with a plan to streamline your library’s settings.
We will release a version for schools in the near future. We are looking forward to meeting with each of you and discussing ways to improve services!

Limited Free Cataloging for Schools and Small Public Libraries Launch!

As of January 1st, 2019, SELCO will catalog up to 20 items a month as a part of your automation fees for small public and all school libraries using the Horizon system. Congratulations to Hokah, Caledonia, Lanesboro, and Willow Creek Middle School in Rochester who have already submitted items under the new cataloging submission form. SELCO catalogers are hard at work getting bibs into the system.

If you’re a small public library or a school, please send your cataloging our way! As always, before you submit those items, make sure that there is not already a bibliographic (bib) record that will work in Horizon.  Search Horizon by both ISBN/UPC and title to see if you can find a bib record that will work for your item in hand. A good reference on whether or not you can use a bib for your item can be found here. If you search by title and find a record that will work, please add the ISBN into your record (if you have cataloging permissions in Horizon).

Holiday Break – Pull Lists & Delivery

Please note the following information regarding pull lists and delivery for the Holiday Break.


  • Pull Lists will be turned off between December 20, 2018 – January 1, 2019
  • No delivery to schools December 24, 2018 – January 1, 2019
  • Pull Lists and Delivery will resume Wednesday, January 2, 2019

All Others:

  • No delivery on December 24-25, 2018 or January 1, 2019 as SELCO is closed

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk at or 1.800.992.5061 and select the option for Help Desk. 

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.