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!

Rescheduled: Summer Reading Program Kickoff

Due to the icy weather the Summer Reading Program Kickoff for the SELCO region has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 9:30a-2:30p.  With this new date we realize that this alters the opportunity for some folks to attend, as such we’re re-doing the registration so that any and all folks who might be able to attend on the day can respond.  Please click the link below to register for the new 1/31 Summer Reading Program Kickoff date:


Even if you registered the first time, please do so again as this makes it much cleaner and easier to keep track of possible attendees.  Registration will remain open until 1/26/17.  We appreciate your flexibility and patience in the rescheduling of this event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Reagen Thalacker at or call the SELCO office at 507.288.5513.

Lake Superior Libraries Unsymposium

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Sometimes you need a break from the average conference.  You need an UNCONFERENCE!

Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Lake Superior Libraries Mid-Winter Unsymposium at UW-Superior’s Jim Dan Hill Library! Join us on January 6, 2017 for an afternoon of networking, discussion, and collaborative problem-solving!

At the LSLS Unsymposium, you determine the conversation. Participants brainstorm a host of topics, which are then selected in a bottom-up, democratic manner. Rather than listening to a single speaker, you get to ask questions, interact, and offer your own expertise on a topic chosen by the whole group. So…everyone wants to talk about succession planning? Done. You’re the only one who wants to talk about bathroom lighting? Too bad! Together, we’ll discover our common challenges and develop solutions together. You’ll come away from the Unsymposium invigorated by lively discussions and ready to take that excitement back to your library.

The Unsymposium is free and open to everyone. Register today!  (Note – Registration will be capped at 60 participants. Register early and be part of the special group.)

WHEN:  Friday, January 6, 2017, 1:00-4:30 pm
COST:  Just your time!
WHERE:  Jim Dan Hill Library, University of Wisconsin Superior
HOW DO I REGISTER?:  Just complete this form

OverDrive Resources

When it comes to support for OverDrive eBooks at your library, did you know that OverDrive has a number of training resources to get your staff feeling more knowledge and comfortable with those interactions? You can find video resources and guides on their Resources site at:
In addition to stock videos, OverDrive offers monthly Basics webcasts. The OverDrive User Experience in particular could be useful for your staff. It is offered on the second Tuesday of every month. You can register on their site under the Live Webcasts tab; just choose Southeastern Libraries Cooperating as your library when you register for simplicity’s sake.
Other resources for more urgent issues would be through the OverDrive Help website: That site includes a number of useful tools such as guides on getting started with a new device or navigating the OverDrive catalog.  It is also designed for patrons to locate information on their own for the more self-sufficient types.

ELM & eBooks MN Webinars, Fall 2016

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Register now for webinars relating to ELM and Ebooks Minnesota.

Click below for webinar descriptions and registration.

MNLINK Training for New Interface

MNLINK Logo - 2016Two sessions on the new MNLINK interface will be available before it goes live on September 19th.  The sessions, presented by Minitex staff, will be an overview of the program and how it will impact users. Sessions will also be recorded for the archives and future viewing.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Central Time)
Thursday, September 15, 2016

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Central Time)
Additional sessions may be added to the calendar after the new interface goes live.


SELCO 2016 MLA Scholarships Awarded


SELCO is pleased to announce the scholarship winners to this year’s Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Conference to be held September 29 – 30, 2016 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

After reviewing the conference costs this year, SELCO is able to offer four scholarships instead of three.  The winners are:

  • Julie Clinefelter – Austin Public Library
  • Ingvild Herfindahl – Dodge Center Public Library
  • Rachel Gray – Van Horn Public Library – Pine Island
  • Lezlea Dahlke – Winona Public Library

Congratulations! We look forward to hearing about your experiences!

ARSL Registration

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August is here and it is time to register for the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference October 27-29th in Fargo, ND. Early bird registration and fees are due no later than September 2nd  Visit to get started.

Why should you come to ARSL2016?

Well first and foremost, it is a national conference organized by small and rural librarians for professionals who work in small and rural libraries. A list of break-out sessions can be found here .

Secondly, this conference is incredibly affordable. Full conference rates begin at $243.85, which includes 3 breakfast meals, 2 lunches, the welcome reception, and all author events. This year the keynote speakers line-up can be found here and includes best selling author William Kent Kruger and Betty Gronneberg, founder of uCodeGirl. Also, the conference hotel (Holiday Inn Fargo) is offering a low conference rate of $99/night!

Finally, this conference is the best opportunity to meet and visit with other library professionals who truly understand what it is like to work with limited staff and an even more limited budget. By participating in after hour opportunities like dine-arounds and game night, you will be able to grow your professional network from outside of your immediate area to a national network of friends and colleagues. Many who come to this conference stay connected during the year and search each other out at future conferences.

We hope you are able to join us and look forward to seeing you at ARSL2016 in Fargo, ND this October 27-29th (unless you come in early for a pre-conference or tour on the 26th!

      From the ARSL2016 Planners