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!

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 rthalacker@selco.info 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: http://resources.overdrive.com/library/staff-training/
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: http://help.overdrive.com/ 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.