CANCELLED: Watch Party for “Big Talk from Small Libraries”

UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT THE WEATHER, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO WATCH IT ON YOUR OWN, PLEASE REGISTER AT THE FIRST LINK BELOW. ALSO, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND A WATCH PARTY FOR THE ARCHIVED VERSION OF THE WEBINAR AT A FUTURE DATE, PLEASE LET US KNOW.

Southeast Library System and Seward Memorial Library are hosting a watch party for the Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference on February 24 between 8:45 and and 5:00 pm. You could watch from your desk (in that case go to the official registration page). Or you can join with others in watching the conference. If you register here you will help give us a count for those expected to attend at Seward Memorial Library. Bring your lunch and favorite snacks, or chip in for pizza. We will forward your CE information to the Nebraska Library Commission.

Also, if another library in a different part of the system would like to host a showing, go for it!

Database Roadshow on February 17th


Have you not yet had a chance to learn all the ins and outs of Nebraska’s still relatively new database package? Or do you need a refresher? If so, then this workshop is for you. You will also earn 5 CE through your participation. Presenters are Susan Knisely and Allana Novotny.
The location is Ashland Public Library. Scheduled begin is 9:30 am and the ending time is 3:30 pm. Lunch is on your own. The workshop is free, but it is limited to 20 participants. You may register at http://bit.ly/NebraskAccess.
This activity is supported with funding from the State of Nebraska and from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

2017 One Book One Nebraska Book Kit Available Now

black-elkBlack Elk Speaks is the pick for the 2017 One Book One Nebraska. The story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people, offers readers much more than a glimpse of a vanished time. Black Elk’s searing visions of the unity of humanity and Earth, conveyed by John G. Neihardt, have made this book a classic that crosses multiple genres and generations.
For more information about this book kit, as well as our many other book kits, visit our book kit page.

Strategic Planning and Accreditation Workshops

question-423604_12801This January, SELS is offering Strategic Planning and Accreditation Workshops in Syracuse (January 12, 1-4pm) and Geneva (January 26, 1-4 pm). If you are interested, please click here to register. Also, please note that, throughout the year, our executive director Scott Childers is ready and willing to consult with you on these subjects via a personal visit to your library or by phone.

Customer Service: How and When to Break the Rules

jump_over_the_fence_1280x1024Who gets which kind of service at your front counter? What if the rules interfere with great customer service? What if a new situation comes up that is not covered by The Book? And what if a new rule is causing havoc with customer relations, and you are the one who has to save the day: What is the right way to break the rules?

On December 2, well-known library consultant Pat Wagner will join us at the Eisley Branch Library of Lincoln City Libraries to address the topic of customer service. This is a four hour interactive workshop worth 4 CEs. The workshop starts with the issue of consistency in service standards regarding policies. Continue reading

Registration Open for Summer Reading Workshop

DumptruckWhile it may not be quite the season to already be thinking about Summer Reading 2017, it soon will be. Plan on attending the SELS Summer Reading Workshop “Build a Better World” on November 4. There is no cost to this workshop and lunch is included. You may register at http://bit.ly/SummerReadingNov4 until October 29.

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Annual Meeting next week

The 2016 SELS Annual Meeting will be held next week in Seward, starting at 10:00 on August 11.

We will start the day with the business meeting.  The agenda will be put online on the SELS website later this week.

After that, we will travel to the new Nebraska National Guard Museum there in Seward for a light lunch and a private tour for Annual Meeting attendees.

Start times for the lunch and tour are contingent on how long the business meeting runs, so you are encouraged to attend the whole day.  Attendees can receive 1 CE credit for public librarian or board certification through the NLC.

Registration is available at http://bit.ly/2016SELSAnnual

More information, including the business meeting agenda, can be found here.

The 22nd Annual Joint Youth Services Retreat: Aug. 25-26

prairieAs always, this year’s youth services retreat will be a great chance to relax, participate in sessions directed towards youth services, enjoy wonderful food, network, share ideas, and play. As in past years, the retreat will be held at Carol Joy Holling Camp and Retreat Center near Ashland. New this year is an option to stay overnight not only Thursday evening, but also to arrive the evening of Wednesday, August 24, and stay overnight. This might make it easier for those traveling from a distance.

You can easily register at http://bit.ly/22ndRetreat by the end of the day on August 8th. If for some reason you can’t make the retreat, you can still hear the two feature presenters at the CPLS Youth Services Day on August 19 or at the TRAILS Fall Library Workshop on September 21.

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New Book Kit Available: The impeachment of Abraham Lincoln (a novel by Stephen L. Carter)

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Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial . . .
Twenty-one-year-old Abigail Canner is a young black woman with a degree from Oberlin, a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense, and the iron-strong conviction, learned from her late mother, that “whatever limitations society might place on ordinary negroes, they would never apply to her.” And so Abigail embarks on a life that defies the norms of every stratum of Washington society: working side by side with a white clerk, meeting the great and powerful of the nation, including the president himself. But when Lincoln’s lead counsel is found brutally murdered on the eve of the trial, Abigail is plunged into a treacherous web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the divided government. (Description from Goodreads.) We have 10 paperback copies available.