Summer Reading Program 2020 Workshops

The slogan for Summer 2020’s summer reading programs will be “Imagine Your Story” and will be based of the theme of Fairy Tales/Mythology/Fantasy. To help library staff prepare, we will be offering two workshops this year. Last year we filled the room at the Walt Branch Library, so we decided to add a second one at Syracuse Public Library. The content will be identical, or nearly identical, at both workshops.

The workshops will be free and worth 4 CE. They will contain presentations on 1. Fairy Tales, Legends, Myths, Oh My!  Hear About New Titles 2. Imagination Stations: Tween Programming for Summer Reading 2020 3. Activities to Fire Up Imagination in Children 4. Summer Crafts Sampler and 5. Outreach and School Partnerships.

Registration is available now for the Walt Branch Library workshop (Nov. 22, 10 – 3:15) at http://bit.ly/SRPW2020.

Registration will become available for the Syracuse Public Library workshop (March 13, 10 – 3:15) in January.

We are hiring

The Southeast Library System, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on consulting and training for library staff and boards in the southeast corner of Nebraska, is looking for a part-time administrative assistant.  This position is for 12.5 hours weekly and the schedule for this position is flexible during our usual business hours (9:00 am – 5:00 pm).

Primary Duties of this position:

  • Customer Service Contact
    During their shifts, the Administrative Assistant is the primary contact for incoming phone calls and greeting people coming into the office. When the Executive Director & Assistant Director are both away from the office, this position is expected to be able to answer basic questions.
  • System Bookkeeper
    This position will pay bills as approved by Executive Director, prepare payroll, request quarterly funding from Nebraska Library Commission, prepare bank deposits, monitor budget statements, work with system accountant and auditor, prepare materials for year-end audit, work with Executive Director and Executive Committee to prepare annual budget for approval by board, file appropriate federal and state tax forms.
  • Provide circulation services to member libraries
    This position is the primary contact for the SELS book kit program and journal article request program for member libraries. They will place reservations for kits, maintain records on circulation, check out and mail books to requesting libraries, check in returned kits, maintain notification lists for journal article request service, distribute table of contents to those interested, fulfill article requests.
  • General Clerical Duties
    Maintain office supplies, tidy office suite, and other such tasks.

We are looking for candidates with the following preferred attributes:

  • Professional, pleasant, & courteous communication style.
  • Basic computer literacy skills, especially email, Microsoft Excel, document scanning, and QuickBooks.
  • Experience with libraries and/or non-profit organizations.

Beginning wage: $10 per hour

To apply, provide resume to scott.childers.sels@gmail.com . Consideration begins October 7.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Register at http://bit.ly/BApple!

Building and Maintaining Your Library Website with WordPress


On Friday, September 13, we will be hosting two WordPress Workshops at Seward Memorial Library from 9am-12pm and 1-4 pm. Our instructor is Amanda Sweet from the Nebraska Library Commission.

This workshop will be a mixture of instruction and hands-on practice. For those who do not already have WordPress accounts, dummy accounts will be provided. Both beginners and those looking for a refresher are welcome. Right now the afternoon session is already full, but there are spots left in the morning session. Register at http://bit.ly/LibraryWP

Time to Register for the 25th Joint Annual Youth Services Retreat!

This year’s retreat will bring us to a quarter century of this wonderful and enriching event for youth services librarians!

The retreat will again be held at Camp Carol Joy Holling near Ashland, Nebraska. The dates are August 29-30 and the prices have remained the same as last year. 11 CE are available for attendance at both days.

The workshop topics will be:

  • Recommended Children’s Books 2018-2019
  • Copyright for Youth Services
  • Intellectual Freedom and Youth
  •  “Book Talk” your Favorite Ideas, Resources, and Solutions
  • Recognizing Trauma in Children
  • Storytelling: A Personal Touch in this Digital World
  • YA Literature and the Teen Brain
  • SPICE UP Your Programming for Young Children with SPANISH LANGUAGE EXPERIENCES
  • Great Books for Tweens and Teens
  • The Story of the Orphan Grain Train: An Example of Storytelling with Pippa White

While this retreat is designed especially for those who plan to stay overnight and attend both days, the following options are available:

  • Both days with overnight, single occupancy, includes all meals ($160)
  • Both days with overnight, double occupancy, includes all meals ($130)
  • Both days with lunch ($105)
  • Thursday only, includes lunch ($55)
  • Friday only, includes lunch ($50)
  • Wednesday evening arrival (+$80)

Registration is open until August 13th at http://bit.ly/2019YSR.

The agenda for the two day retreat is as follows:

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School Librarians in the Digital Age in Lincoln on June 7

For the fourth year in a row, “School Librarians in the Digital Age” will be cosponsored by the Nebraska School Librarians Association and SELS. This year the location will be Room 101 at the new Don Clifton Professional Learning Center. Address: 710 Hill Street, Lincoln, NE. The room will open for registrants at 8:45 am, the event will begin at 9:00 am, and we will be done by 12:00 pm.

Please register at http://bit.ly/2019SchoolLib

For information about the individual sessions, including descriptions, please keep reading.

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SELS Training Extravaganza in Seward on May 10!

The 2019 SELS Training Extravaganza will be held on May 10 at Seward Memorial Library from 9:30 – 3:00. We are excited to announce that Pat Leach will be our keynote speaker and her topic will be Easier and More Effective Advocacy: Telling Library Stories. Pat will guide you through crafting a library story (or two or three) that you can tell in a variety of situations for maximum impact. While we’ll rely on great information from the American Library Association, we’ll keep the focus on how you tell the story where you live and work.

The cost of the Extravaganza is only $25 and a catered meal is included. Register by May 2 at http://bit.ly/Extrav2019

The other sessions are as follows:

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