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!

Reminder: Horizon Library Basics class

We are down to the last two months to complete the Library Basics class, required for everyone with a Horizon login.  225 have completed Library Basics Training. 173 Horizon Users need to finish by the end of the day October 23, 2018. If you don’t finish by that date, your Horizon login will expire. 
The Library Basics class can be completed online in CLOTH. Create your own account and select the Library Basics course.
If you prefer in person classes, we have a couple of scheduled Library Basic classes at 9:30 am at SELCO on 
Friday, Sept 7
Tuesday, Sept 11
Almost every library has at least one person who needs to finish. Contact the Help Desk if you’d like a list for your location. 
If you would like a reminder of why we are doing the Horizon Reset, please read this document from Oct 2017.
Contact the Help Desk if you have any questions.

Horizon Reset Report

Last fall, we launched the Horizon Training Reset year, which requires every user in the system to take the training within a year. Today, we have completed five months of the reset and 154 Horizon users have already completed the required Library Basics training through SELCO’s online training site: CLOTH.

Feedback we have received indicates that people in the region are happy to have the online option, which takes about an hour to complete. Consistent training makes the system more secure and more efficient for all users. For those who prefer not to take online training, the same training is offered in-person at the SELCO office.

Check the Training Page for class offerings, dates and times. The next Library Basics is scheduled for May 1 from 9:30-12:30 at SELCO.

Any new staff will have 60 days to complete the Library Basics training online before their Horizon login will expire. Please contact the Help Desk if you need more time.


Technology Users Group Reimagined: SUMmit

On Friday, April 27, SELCO will host a SELCO Users Meeting (SUMmit) open to staff at all SELCO/SELS member libraries. It is similar to the Technology Users Group, but expanded with more interactivity and non-technology topics.

Keynote speakers Valerie Horton and Joe Manion will discuss current trends in librarianship and how to make the most of the statistics you gather, respectively. We’ll also have breakout sessions throughout the day. And, immediately following the included lunch, there’ll be a Q&A with a group of SELCO staff; look for a survey asking for questions a bit later.

Registration asks that you indicate session preferences to help us determine room assignments. Registrants are still free to change sessions on the day of the SUMmit.

Niche Academy is Here!

Our version of Niche Academy, called SELCO Academy, launches today! SELCO Academy Tutorials provides in-catalog tutorials for electronic databases for your patrons. It is embedded in Enterprise on your library website. You no longer need to be the expert in how to download books, use Chilton’s or even how to use Twitter; simply direct your patron to the tutorial, which they can view in your library or at home.

SELCO Academy provides tutorials not only for electronic resources provided by SELCO and ELM, but also for some social media. 

No action is required on the part of libraries. You will see a teal tab labeled “Tutorials” on the right side of each library’s home page. Library staff or patrons will simply click on the tab to open a menu of video tutorials on various databases and social media platforms. Some databases require a library card to login from home.

We will continue to add tutorials as they are created, and staff training will eventually be available through SELCO Academy as well.

If you have an idea or suggestion for a tutorial, please feel free to contact Pam O’Hara pohara@selco.info.

Horizon Training Reset

In order to make Horizon use more consistent across the region, SELCO is acting on a recommendation from the ILS Operations & Technology Policy joint committee to provide standardized basic Horizon training to Online Library staff. We ask that all staff with Horizon logins take this Library Basics training online (create your own account) or in-person sometime in the next twelve months. Please contact the Help Desk with any questions.

For more detailed information, please read the full document here.

Scholastic Training Sessions

Online Libraries of the region have access to the Scholastic Go! databases as part of their online membership. These databases are: Amazing Animals of the World, America the Beautiful, Lands and People, The New Book of Popular Science, and La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre. Scholastic itself is offering a number of online training sessions in the near future. Register today to learn more about the product features, use cases, and best practices for implementing them in your library classroom.

Tuesday, September 12
1:00 – 2:00 PM
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Wednesday, September 27
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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Thursday, October 5
10:00 – 11:00 AM
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Monday, October 16
3:00 – 4:00 PM
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Wednesday, November 15
2:00 – 3:00 PM
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Tuesday, November 28
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Wednesday, January 10
2:00 – 3:00 PM
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Applications Open for Media Literacy @ Your Library

The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, invites public libraries to apply for Media Literacy @ Your Library, a pilot program that will train library workers to help their adult patrons become better news consumers. ALA and the Center for News Literacy will work with teams from five public libraries to adapt existing media literacy training materials to serve the needs of public librarians and the communities they serve.

The cohort teams will attend an in-person training and use their skills to conduct related adult public programs in their communities. Team members will also provide feedback on the training and serve as advisers to, and beta testers for, the development of a corresponding web-based curriculum for the library field.


Read the guidelines for Media Literacy @ Your Library or apply online to be part of the cohort. Applications must be received by Sept. 11, 2017.

Selected libraries will receive:

  • An intensive six-month experience that will include training and support for a three-person library team to develop and implement media literacy programming for adult patrons.
  • $1,500 for program-related expenses, such as travel, promotion and public programming costs.
  • In-person media literacy workshop training, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Chicago.
  • Two nights’ hotel lodging and some meals at the in-person workshop for three library representatives. (Note that travel costs to Chicago are at the library’s expense or must be paid from the $1,500 stipend.)
  • Communications support, access to a community of practice, and technical and programming support.


Net Inclusion Summit

Net Inclusion May 16-17, 2017 — St. Paul, Minnesota

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance and the St. Paul Public Library welcome digital inclusion practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers and policymakers to Net Inclusion 2017: The National Digital Inclusion Summit.

Net Inclusion Purpose:

  1. Discuss current and potential local, state and federal policies with the potential to increase digital equity.
  2. Discuss current and potential sources of financial and programmatic support of digital inclusion programs.
  3. Share digital inclusion best practices and new strategies.

Early Bird Registration Ends April — Register Now

MLA Conference Proposals

Get your session proposals ready for the MLA Conference!

This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship – the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future.

In the spirit of radicalism, we are debuting new conference tracks!

  • Imagine – Examine current trends & emerging realities to think big about the future
  • Challenge – Push boundaries, take risks, question conventionality
  • Collaborate – Find allies with common goals, build something together
  • Engage – Practice community-driven librarianship
  • Create & Play – Innovate, explore & invent
  • Transform – Revolutionize librarianship, transform communities, change lives

How have you embodied these radical librarianship themes at your institution? Come share at the MLA annual conference in Rochester on October 5 & 6.

Sessions will run 50 minutes and can take many forms including, but not limited to, presentations, panels, discussions, & interactive/hands-on programs.

Proposals are due May 1st – which will be here before you know it! So start thinking about your session and watch for more information coming soon!