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

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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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Communication Bootcamp with Pat Wagner


Sharpen the content and delivery of messages to support your library’s success and to help further your career. The theme: How to be more influential, regardless of who you are or your position in the library.

This is a free workshop and will be held on March 29th at the Walt Branch Library in Lincoln from 10 am to 4 pm.

To register, please visit https://goo.gl/forms/ut6A5MWTEKYPO9WJ2

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Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Youth Services Programming

With Kristy Feden. Ashland Public Library, March 7, 9:30 – 4:00.

Did you hear Kristy at the Youth Services Retreat and are ready to learn more? Or are you simply interested in learning how to enhance your practices in regard to programming with children, ranging in age from pre-K to teens? Come to this free workshop to be motivated and to discover the power of intentional activities that are grounded developmentally appropriate practices! The morning (9:30 – 12:30) will address programming with younger children, and the afternoon (1:30 – 4:00) will address youth services in the middle school and teen years.

You may register at https://goo.gl/forms/khIuEUfVEq2ORRKx2

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 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 Nov 26.

Summer Reading Workshop on November 30th!

SELS will hold its yearly Summer Reading Workshop at the Walt Branch Library in Lincoln on November 30th, 10 am to 3:15 pm. The workshop will be designed to help you prepare for the 2019 theme of space, with the slogan “A Universe of Stories.”
Hear about summer reading book picks, participate in demonstrations of crafts and activities, and learn about event opportunities! A special highlight will be an author Skype visit from Lauren Baratz-Logsted, who wrote the book for middle graders titled I Love You Michael Collins, set in the time of the Apollo moon landing. The cost for the workshop is only $10 and will include morning refreshments. (Lunch will be on your own.)
Register at http://bit.ly/SRP2019!