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 helpdesk@selco.info 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.

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 MNWritesMNReads.org 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