SELS Training Extravaganza to be May 8 in Seward! (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

The 2020 SELS Training Extravaganza will be held on May 8 at Seward Memorial Library from 9:30 – 3:00. 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.

This Keynote is sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

The cost of the Extravaganza is only $25 and a catered meal is included. Register by April 30 at

The following are the sessions:

10:00-11:00 7 Wonders–7 Lessons: Reasons to Have Hope in the World


Free Legal Help for Library Patrons with Sara Rips of Legal Aid of Nebraska

Library patrons with legal problems or legal questions may use the services of Legal Aid of Nebraska, free of cost. Attorney Sara Rips will help us understand the variety of services Legal Aid offers, including hotlines, walk-in centers, and online self-help.

Fact vs. Fiction: Critical Thinking in the Age of Fake News with Joy Harvey

It sometimes takes real skill to determine whether information you see online or in print is fake or true. Let Joy take you on a journey through the world of fake news and learn how to become more discerning.

Using MyHeritage with Allana Novotny

Are you interested in performing genealogy research? Or do you have patrons who want to know about tools that will help them perform their own research? Join the Nebraska Library Commission’s resident expert on the MyHeritage Library Edition database to learn more! MyHeritage is available through NebraskAccess.

12:00-1:00 Catered Lunch of Chicken Alfredo, Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes, Gourmet Beans, Salad, and a Roll.


Do You Think Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality are Impossible Dreams for Your Library? Think Again! with Denise Harders

In this presentation you will find out just how inexpensive some of this equipment is and how easy it is to use in library programming.

Why You Need a Programming Policy with Vicki Wood

Programs have not yet been frequently challenged, but just as books are sometimes challenged and even censored, the attempt to prevent certain library programs, or censor elements of them, is increasing. It is best for a library to have a policy in place before that happens!

The Basics of Microsoft Publisher with Todd Schlechte

Learn to use Publisher to create newsletters, flyers, and graphics.


Tips on Graphic Novel Collection and Programming with Russ Harper

Learn new resources to find widely-appealing graphic novel selections for all age groups, toddler through teen.  Join Russ as he makes core collection recommendations, discusses top sellers, and how to find the hot new thing.  Includes programming tips for both American comics and manga fans! 

Patron Behavior Policy with Christa Porter

Learn how to create a great patron behavior policy that will cover all areas of your library.

Social Media to Reach Every Generation: What Would You Click On? with Amanda Sweet

This session will help you reach people where they are: social media. Different age groups use social media in different ways, however most are using Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat with a bit of Twitter thrown in the mix. Find out how different generations commonly engage with these tools, and how you can start a social media campaign to bring in the masses! See some examples of good social media posts and brainstorm your own. Then we get to play a game of “What Would You Click On?”. You might be surprised.

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