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

Save the Dates! 10th Annual Library Technology Conference

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2017 marks the 10th year of the Library Technology Conference!

Mark your calendar:  March 15-16, 2017,  Macalester College in St. Paul.

#LTC2017 will provide an opportunity to discuss changing technologies as they affect library services; to share tech innovations and experiments with colleagues; and to gain skills and knowledge to adapt and apply in libraries of all kinds. The conference features challenging, thought-provoking keynote speakers; insightful presentations and panels; and practical, interactive hands-on workshops.

Registration: Conference registration is expected to open in early December. Watch the conference website, Facebook, or Twitter feeds for additional info.

Call for Proposals:  The call for session proposals will open in mid-late August. Conference registration fills fast (in just a little over two hours in 2016!) and being a session presenter is a great way to guarantee yourself a spot!

See you in March at #LTC2017!

Refresh and Revitalize Your Friends Group: MALF Workshop

MALF Brings a New Workshop Series to Minnesota Libraries

By popular demand, “Revitalization” is the focus of this year’s Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) annual workshop series. Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director of United for Libraries, will lead and keynote Refresh and Revitalize Your Friends Group in half-day workshops in four locations across Minnesota.

Questions to consider: Does your Friends group organize the same slate of events year after year, without appreciable growth or diversification? Does the same handful of long-time volunteers assume all leadership responsibilities, with no real prospect of “new blood” in sight? Is your membership roster stagnant, or worse, declining?

If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, rest assured that you and your Friends group are not alone and Refresh and Revitalize Your Friends Group is just what you need. Please join library Friends at one of four locations across Minnesota:

MALF workshop map 2016Austin Public Library (SELCO)
323 4th Ave NE, Austin, MN, 55912
Wednesday, September 14 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Rum River Library (MELSA)
4201 6th Ave, Anoka, MN, 55303
Thursday, September 15 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Robert Trail Library (MELSA)
14395 S Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN, 55068
Friday, September 16 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Douglas County Library (VLS)
720 Fillmore St., Alexandria, MN, 56308
Saturday, September 17 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Of these sessions, Sally Gardner Reed promises, “We will cover a lot of ground, but focus on how to change the typical ‘structure’ of the Friends group to attract new, young, and active volunteers.”

In addition to the keynote, attendees will participate in small group roundtables, plus have a chance to share thoughts and experiences during an hour-long idea exchange session – a MALF workshop staple, and one of participants’ best opportunities all year to network and share with Friends from across Minnesota.

Refresh and Revitalize Your Friends Group is FREE to attend, and it is not necessary to be a member of MALF or any Library Friends organization. A complimentary lunch will be provided at each location. Pre-registration is required, to ensure the appropriate number of lunches and informational packets. Registration for all four sessions opens Monday, July 18 and will close in early September. Stay tuned to the MALF Blog for more details.

United for Libraries (formerly Friends of Libraries U.S.A.) is the Friends of the Library arm of the American Library Association, and MALF’s counterpart on the national stage. As executive director, Sally Gardner Reed oversees UFL resource development, strategic planning, and committee assignments.