Niche Academy is Coming Soon

SELCO has a new patron-centered resource embedded in Enterprise. As announced at the Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 13, Niche Academy provides in-catalog tutorials for electronic databases for your patrons. You no longer need to be the expert in how to download books; simply direct your patron to the tutorial, which they can view at the library or at home.

Our version of Niche Academy Tutorials, called SELCO Academy, will launch on March 1, 2018. We will start with tutorials for electronic resources provided by SELCO and ELM.

No action is required on the part of libraries. Once it is launched, a teal tab labeled “Tutorials” will be visible 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 Niche as well.

If you have an idea or suggestions for a tutorial, please feel free to contact Pam O’Hara

Legislative Update

The following information was shared via email with the library community Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.

Ann Walker Smalley & I met with Senator Ron Latz (D-St. Louis Park, SD46) to discuss his legislation on net neutrality. We offered the support of MLA+ITEM as the bill is introduced.  Sen Latz’s office supplied these Net Neutrality Talking Points.

There is still time to register for Library Legislative Day and make appointments to visit your legislators to discuss the MLA+ITEM Legislative Platform. Do it today!

ALA Announces 2018 Youth Media Award Winners

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and Newbery awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature was awarded to 
“Hello, Universe” written by Erin Entrada Kelly. The book is published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

The most distinguished American picture book for children receives the Randolph Caldecott Medal. “Wolf in the Snow,” illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell, is the 2018  winner. The book was published by Feiwel and Friends, an Imprint of Macmillan.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. “Piecing Me Together,” written by Renée Watson, is the King Author Award winner. The book is published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

“Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes, is the King Illustrator Award winner. The book is written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth and published by Candlewick Press.

A full list of the award winners can be found on the ALA website

SELCO Welcomes New Office Coordinator

Office Assistant Cindy DunbarVisitors to the SELCO office will see a new face at the reception desk; Office Coordinator Cindy Dunbar has joined the staff.

Cindy previously worked at the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and we are thrilled to have her on board. Please greet her and introduce yourself the next time you’re in the building.

Checkout History Sort Available in Enterprise

SELCO has added an enhancement to the Checkout History for borrower accounts in Enterprise. The list is now be sortable by title, checkout date, or return date. Additionally, the titles now link to searches in your version of the catalog. The actual record numbers aren’t included in history so a more direct link wasn’t possible.
This was custom work so it is possible a scenario arises which wasn’t found in our testing. If a break is encountered, please let the SELCO Help Desk ( know the problem and the borrower record where the error occurs; if it is for a specific title, that too.

Legislative Update Newsletter

There is a new newsletter for MLA & ITEM members to receive legislative updates from Sam Walseth of Capitol Hill Associates. Capitol Hill Associates is the lobbying firm representing MLA, ITEM, the multicounty multitype library systems, & the regional public library systems at the Minnesota Legislature.

In addition to the updates from Sam, the newsletter will offer announcements of events, advocacy tips, templates for phone messages/email, news about legislative activities including Legislative Day (March 6, 2018), Legislative Forum (August 8, 2018), and other news & information you can use in your advocacy efforts. It will include updates on national library issues, too.

The mailing schedule is intermittent–it depends on what is going on at the Legislature and how it affects libraries.

The 2018 Legislative session starts February 20, 2018, and updates from Capitol Hill Associates will be posted here as well. The Legislative Update newsletter is a benefit to members of MLA and ITEM.


Due to Winter Storm Jaxon all delivery routes are cancelled for Monday, January 22, 2018

A reminder that when delivery is cancelled due to weather conditions, all libraries who were set to receive delivery on the cancelled day are to receive delivery the following day.

Should you have any further questions, please contact the SELCO/SELS office.

Governor Releases $1.5 Billion Bonding Proposal

The following information was shared via email with the library community Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.

Governor Dayton released his 2018 bonding bill today and it totals $1.5
billion in general obligations bonds and appropriation bonds. Minnesota
Management & Budget (MMB) Commissioner Myron Frans noted the proposal will
leverage an additional $570 million in federal, local and private funds
making the proposal a $2 billion investment in Minnesota’s capital

The Governor accepted a request from the MN Department of Education (MDE)
to fund $2.5 million to for Library Construction and Renovation grants.
While this is a good place for us to start the 2018 session we face an
uphill battle to get a bonding bill passed and signed into law. Competition
for bonding dollars is always fierce. There were over $3.3 billion in
requests submitted to the Governor?s office ($2.5 billion from state
agencies and $831 million from local governments).

For more details on the Governor’s bonding proposal:

Scholastic Go! Interface Changes Coming

Scholastic has announced that they are retiring their method of searching the Scholastic Go! databases individually and is merging the search interface into a unified one. The legacy version is going to be retired as early as next week.
What this means for libraries is not much more than being aware of it. The interface is structurally similar to the previous ones other than searching all databases at once. URLs which went into a precise database such as Lands and People will resolve to the new interface automatically without you having to update them.
Because of this change, SELCO will be consolidating the Research Database links on your Enterprise profiles. The individual database links will be removed and replaced by one just labeled as Scholastic Go!
For more information, Scholastic has produced an online tutorial showing off the new interface.  

DELIVERY DELAY 1.11.18: Routes 613 & 614

Due to winter weather conditions on the road a few of our routes are currently running behind today, Thursday, January 11, 2018.  Those are as follows:

  • Route 613 – behind by 1/2 hour
  • Route 614 – behind by 1 hour

Updates regarding this have been sent to the library contacts for these routes and should things change, information will be sent out via e-mail and will be updated here as well.  If you have any questions, please contact Reagen Thalacker at or call the SELCO office at 507.288.5513.