Reduced Revenue for SELCO

Two months into this budget year and the final calculations for Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) are not what was expected.  SELCO will need to reduce the FY2014 budget by $115,514 to balance anticipated revenue and expenses. 

SELCO staff will revisit earlier financial discussions that led to the budget approved June 26 and identify areas of potential savings.  Anytime one needs to “find” a six figure amount in a budget already in place for two months, it is tough but the staff will take this opportunity to examine what are the essential tasks and those activities, while nice, if discontinued would not be harmful to local library service and still able to save funds.

Thalacker to Join SELCO Staff October 1

I am happy to announce that Reagen Thalacker will join the SELCO staff as the new Regional Librarian on Tuesday, October 1.

During the coming weeks, Reagen will move to the Rochester area from Marshall, Minnesota where she has been working as the SAMMIE Executive Director. In her role at SAMMIE, one of Minnesota’s seven multitype regions, she has worked cooperatively with library staff members in 18 counties, designed a variety of training opportunities, and created teen programming kits. Reagan has participated in the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) and the Minnesota Educational Media Organization (MEMO) and taken part in advocating for libraries at the Minnesota Legislature.

Before heading up SAMMIE, she was employed by the Alfred Dickey Public Library in Jamestown, North Dakota. She managed a special library contracted to the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, also in Jamestown. During 2010, Reagan was a participant in the American Library Association’s (ALA) Emerging Leaders program. Reagan has a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

In her role of Regional Librarian, Reagen Thalacker, will provide program support to SELCO/SELS members, coordinate communication, marketing, and advocacy activities, and help SELCO foster statewide library relationships, especially Interlibrary Loan and the Summer Reading Program.

Please help me welcome, Reagen to SELCO, and invite her to visit your community and library!

Ann B. Hutton, Executive Director

Ribbon Cutting in Faribault

You are invited to a Ribbon Cutting @ the Buckham Memorial Library!

Please gather for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of Buckham Memorial Library’s rearrangement of the library’s physical space and collections. The ribbon cutting will be held at the library’s main entrance on Friday, August 23 at 9:00 a.m. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Buckham Memorial Library.

Beginning in April, staff moved approximately 80,000 items and 15 computer stations to create areas that are more defined and welcoming to adults, children and teens. As a part of this project, a new Silent Reading Room was opened for adults age 21 and older who wish to read and reflect free from distractions such as conversations and noise from electronic devices.

After the ribbon cutting, the public is invited to enjoy refreshments and pick up a map of the library’s new layout. Library staff will lead tours for those interested in learning more about the new arrangement.

SELCO MLA 2013 Scholarships Awarded

MLA conference logo 2013Five scholarship recipients will attend the annual conference for the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) this fall. This two-day conference will be held October 10-11, 2013 at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, MN. Each winner has agreed to share their experiences of the conference. The 2013 scholarship winners are:

  •  Art Tiff, Kasson Public Library
  • Stephanie Silvers, Harmony Public Library
  • Tara Johnson, Lanesboro Public Library
  • Leslie Davila, Chatfield Public Library
  • Megan Markiewicz, Red Wing Public Library

Kenyon Young Reader Gets Blue Ribbon

Thomas Clarke and Michelle OtteBlue Ribbon Reader Logo

Kenyon Public Library Director, Michelle Otte, with Blue Ribbon Reader Thomas Clark

Thomas Clarke, age 10, is SELCO’s Blue Ribbon Reader for this year’s summer reading program. Thomas frequently uses the Kenyon Public Library and steadfastly pursued the summer theme, Dig Into Reading, by digging into history. Thomas was awarded a blue ribbon and four Minnesota State Fair tickets that be used on any of the 13 days of the Minnesota State Fair – August 22-September 2, 2013.

Michelle Otte, Kenyon Public Library Director, nominated Thomas saying:

The Kenyon Public Library would like to nominate Thomas Clark, 10, as our Blue Ribbon Reader nominee. Thomas has shown great enthusiasm for the Summer Reading Program here at the library. He has read EVERY book in the library on military history for his age in our library. He has even challenged himself on reading adult books on this subject since his reading comprehension is quite advanced. Thomas really impresses me because of his huge interest in American History, which is something that has become rare for children his age. He will always chose to read non-fiction before picking out a fiction book. This year at the Kenyon library we offered the school-aged kids small prizes for every book report they turned in for the months of June and July. Thomas hands down stood out among the rest of the kids, since he has turned in over 15 book reports in less than 8 weeks, along with a reading log, and a “Dig into Reading” trivia challenge. Thomas has three siblings that also have participated in the Summer Reading Program and Thomas shares his energy and excitement for reading with them. Thomas’s positive attitude, energy and mostly, his desire to learn have made him more than qualified to be our nominee for the 2013 Blue Ribbon Reader.

Each year, the Minnesota Summer Reading Program and Youth Services Committee recognizes a Blue Ribbon Reader from each region to celebrate Summer Reading! SELCO libraries were asked to submit the name of one child (K-12th grade age) who showed great enthusiasm in the summer reading program and who deserved to be recognized for summer reading achievements.

Maine State Librarian testifies on E-rate success – now with video

Maine State Librarian Linda Lord testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on July 17, 2013, during the Committee’s E-Rate 2.0: Connecting Every Child to the Transformative Power of Technology hearing.  Ms. Lord touted the success of the E-rate program in helping connect nearly 100 percent of libraries to serve more than 30 million people every week.  Click here for more information from the American Library Association about Ms. Lord’s testimony.

Here is the video of Ms. Lord’s testimony:

Registration open for 2013 MLA-MEMO Legislative Forum

MEMO and MLA members are invited to gather at Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud on July 30, 2013, from 10:00am until 2:30pm for the annual Library Legislative Forum.  Elaine Keefe, MLA lobbyist, will review the 2013 Legislative Session. The majority of the day will be spent developing and discussing possible legislative priorities, opportunities, and challenges for 2014.  For more information, including the agenda for the day as well as a link for registration, click here.

The Legislative Forum is FREE for MEMO and MLA members until July 22; $25 for nonmembers (includes coffee, rolls, lunch, and afternoon beverages). After July 22, the price for MLA and MEMO members is $25.

Whether you are planning to attend the Legislative Forum or not, you do have an opportunity to give input to help shape the 2013 Legislative Forum.  Take the survey today!

2013 Blue Ribbon Readers

Blue Ribbon Reader LogoThis year, the Minnesota Summer Reading Program and Youth Services Committee will recognize a Blue Ribbon Reader from each region to help celebrate Summer Reading!  Each public library in the SELCO region is asked to submit the name of one child (K-12th grade age) who shows great enthusiasm in the summer reading program and who deserves to be recognized for summer reading achievements.  A winner will be drawn from the nominations submitted from the public libraries and named the SELCO Blue Ribbon Reader.  This child will receive a four-pack of Minnesota State Fair tickets and a Star Reading Blue Ribbon.  Tickets can be used on any of the 13 days of the Minnesota State Fair – August 22-September 2, 2013.
 
Please send your nominations to SELCO via email or delivery to Michael Scott by Friday, August 2, 2013 @ 5 p.m.  A winner will be drawn and named the Blue Ribbon Reader from the SELCO region on Monday, August 5, 2013.  Please include the name of your nominee, age, a brief paragraph on why selected, and contact information.  This is a very special opportunity for your youngest patrons!  If you have any questions, please let us know.

What Does That Mean?

There’s a new program on SELCOtv! What Does That Mean? is a very short (about a minute) program featuring definitions of library and technology terms.  Ever wondered what we means when she refers to SQL?  Or tried to explain what digitization means to your Board?  What does that mean? is the show for you.

Each episode is short and sticks to just the facts with a quick, easy to understand definition of the term in question.  Sometimes the term will be a piece of technology jargon.  Sometimes it will be libraryspeak.  And still other times, it might be one of those terms that state and federal bureaucracies just love to create.  Regardless, What does that mean? will have you understanding whatever jargon the library and tech world can throw at you.

What does that mean? will come out twice a week, starting the week of April 29, 2013.  But here’s a sneak preview of our first episode:  SQL.  Enjoy!


March 2013 Delivery Count shows a slight decrease

The latest Delivery Count was done on Monday, March 25, 2013 and 3423 items passed through SELCO Delivery.  Compared to the Delivery Count done in March 2012 of 3740, this shows that Delivery decreased in March by 8.5%.  This time around, we found that the number of items from schools increased while the number of items coming from public libraries and academic and special libraries decreased slightly.  However, please don’t fret; over 3400 items in a day is definitely a large number of items.  Please keep filling those requests and we’ll make sure they get delivered!

The next Delivery Count will occur on Monday, August 27, 2013.  For more information regarding Delivery, please click here.