2022 SELS Training Extravaganza

May 13, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
5 CE


9:30-9:50 Registration, pick up refreshments
9:50-10:00 Welcome, Housekeeping Details, and Introductions
10:00-11:00 Librarians in the Middle with David Moshman and Todd Schlechte
11:10-12:00 Talking Book and Braille Service: Continuously Evolving with Gabe Kramer
12:00-12:50 Catered Lunch!
1:00-1:50 Reconsideration Policies and Procedures with Wyatt Packard and Panel
2:00-2:50 Tips on Graphic Novel and Manga Collection with Blair Public Library Director, Brooke Zarco
3:00-3:50 The Extraordinary Ordinary with Pippa White

$25 includes a wonderful, catered lunch!    

Please register by May 4th so that we can get numbers to our caterer!
After you register, you will be sent an invoice via email.

This activity is supported in part with funding from the State of Nebraska and the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

Jamie LaRue to present “Cataloging the Community”

James LaRue

Friday, February 18, 10-11 am

via Zoom

Register by February 16!

It’s smart for libraries to understand the environment in which they operate. But assessing community needs can be expensive, complex, and, all too often, confusing. Former library director and current consultant Jamie LaRue will describe a staff-led community interview process that has been field-tested and proven to yield real results.

LaRue is the CEO of LaRue and Associates. Author of “The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges,” LaRue was a public library director for many years. From January of 2016 to November of 2018, he was director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, and ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. He has written, spoken, and consulted extensively on intellectual freedom issues, leadership and organizational development, community engagement, and the future of libraries.

This activity is supported in part with funding from the State of Nebraska and the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

Aquatic WILD Workshop in January

Grace Gaard holds workshop on aquatic life

Building off the Summer Reading Workshop, Grace Gaard of Nebraska Game and Parks will be conducting a workshop called Aquatic WILD on January 14 from 10 am to 12:30 pm via Zoom. The Aquatic WILD workshop is designed to provide further resources for those ages K-12. Aquatic WILD is an award-winning curriculum guide. It focuses on aquatic habitats including rivers, lakes, oceans and wetlands. While we will record the workshop and make it available to all registrants,  Nebraska Game and Parks has specified that only those attending on the day of the program will receive the curriculum guide. You can register for the Aquatic Wild Workshop here.


Summer Reading Workshop Coming Up

On Friday, December 3, from 9:30 to 12:30, we will hold our annual Summer Reading Workshop, “Oceans of Possibilities.” This year, due to the pandemic, we will again hold this workshop via Zoom. Although we do not have any oceans in Nebraska, we will be keeping as much as possible to the aquatic theme, including aquatic life in Nebraska. Building on the workshop will be the workshop AQUATIC Wild on January 14th. Register here by December 1.

We will have the following presentations:

“Great Books for Next Summer” with Sally Snyder
“Nebraska Extension 2022 Summer Programming” with Jackie Steffen & Team
“Wildlife & Aquatic Educational Resources from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission” with Monica Macoubrie & Grace Gaard
“How to Create a Great Summer Storytime” with Nancy Chmiel
“Balloon Twisting Fun!” with Ethan Boggs

Joint Youth Services Retreat on September 2

This year the retreat will be held on Thursday, September 2, via Zoom, 1-5 pm.  Register here by August 31!

Presentations and workshops at the retreat will include:

1:00-1:50  American Indian Youth: Living and Learning in the Twenty-First Century with Dr. Barbara Buttes. 

With slides and video Dr. Buttes will introduce American Indians living, learning, working, and playing in today’s United States, while also providing background on American Indian experiences during colonization. Her presentation will weave in American Indian authors who have written about their lives in fiction and in non-fiction. 

1:55- 2:15 “Movin and Groovin” at the Library with Adina Bell 

How to create a fun storytime using music and movement! 

2:20-2:50 “Best” Children’s Books with Dana Fontaine and “Best” Teen Books with Sally Snyder 

This presentation will highlight a few of the very best children’s and teen books. A list of additional recommended books will be provided. 

2:55-3:25 Building Your Social-Emotional Core Strength with Sheila Palmquist 

Movement, breathing, and centering tools to deepen your connections. 

3:30-4:00 Author Talk with Sarah Prineas 

Sarah will speak for 20 minutes about her writing process and how she gets her ideas. Then she will take your questions. We encourage you to read one of her books beforehand, if you haven’t already. Her most recent book is Trouble in the Stars. 

4:10-5:00 Time for Networking 

This is your time to share ideas and successes, brainstorm solutions to problems, and more. 

Sarah Prineas is the author of the award winning Magic Thief series, which has been published in 22 languages around the world, plus a bunch of other books.  Her thirteenth novel, Trouble in the Stars came out from Philomel (Penguin Random House) in April 2021. Sarah has a PhD in English literature, is deeply involved in political activism, works two afternoons a week at local independent bookstore Prairie Lights, rows on the Iowa River, and lives in Iowa City with her mad scientist husband, two perfectly normal cats, and the best dog in the world.  www.sarah-prineas.com

Online 2021 SELS Training Extravaganza

The 2021 online SELS Training Extravaganza will be held on May 7 from 9:30 – 12:30. We are excited to announce Dean Jacobs will be our keynote speaker and will speak on the topic 7 Wonders – 7 Lessons: Reasons to Have Hope in the World. We live in a world that is filled with negative news and conversations that rob the oxygen of our curiosity to be engaged in the world. Exploring 58 countries taught Dean some valuable lessons, including that the world is far more kind, generous, and beautiful than what it is given credit. Dean says that making the world a better place begins with ourselves and the story we wish to create to do so.

Other presentations will include “Fact vs. Fiction: Critical Thinking in the Age of Fake News” with Dr. Chris Haeffner and “What You Need in a Patron Behavior Policy” with Christa Porter.

Register by May 5 at https://bit.ly/2O21extrav

Teaching digital skills

Teaching Technology in the Library Workshop

The Nebraska Library Commission partnered with the Digital Navigators group to help guide libraries through the process of designing new library service offerings to teach tech skills to adults. Examples include workshops to help people shop safely online, group sessions to learn social media, curated job search resources, parent resource packs, password safety infographics, and more. 

In this online workshop, you will learn new ways to figure out which technology and digital skills people need to learn, and how to design a learning experience that really works. The process of Teaching Technology in the Library has been broken down into six steps to help you get started. There are plenty of resources available to inspire ideas or share directly with patrons in this curated collection of Digital Skills Clusters. Those Clusters will complement several of the activities we will do during the workshop.


By the end of the workshop, you will have developed a plan for a new library service offering you can start implementing immediately.


The workshop presenter is Amanda Sweet, the date is April 15 (1-5pm) and you can register by April 13 at https://bit.ly/techlib22.

Fully Engaged Customer Service


Whether you spend most of your time on the front lines or primarily serve internal customers, your ability to handle your workload will be enhanced when you learn how to complete customer interactions successfully at the first point of contact, while cultivating a positive attitude and keeping stress levels to a minimum.

Improving customer service outcomes requires moving beyond old habits to create a lasting change in behavior.  In this safe and friendly environment you will practice simple, powerful techniques for improving

· Eye contact

· Facial expression and body language

· Tone of voice

· Availability to customers

· Your ability to listen when distracted

· Customers’ ability to self-serve in the future

In this session with library consultant Cheryl Gould on your choice of either February 4 or February 5, you will practice and experience how to enhance service through being fully engaged to create a win-win experience that saves time for both you and the customer.

Participants are required to turn on video (have a camera) and possess a microphone for this Zoom class in order to participate actively. The two class opportunities are limited to 15 participants each, with preference given to staff from Southeast Library System, so register early at https://bit.ly/engaged 36!