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.

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.

Looking for board nominations

The time is near for the next election to choose SELS board members. If you would be interested in serving on the board, or know someone who you feel would be a good board member, I would love to hear from you!

If you work in a library, are a library board member or user of a library in our service area, you are eligible to be a board member. The Southeast Library System serves the counties of Butler, Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Hamilton, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Merrick, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, and York.

The board governs the Southeast Library System. Board member responsibilities include approval of policies, plans, and budgets, as well as evaluation of the System Director.

Board members serve a three year term. The board meets four times a year at locations around the SELS area. The term would begin on July 1, 2016.

We serve all types of libraries and we strive to get that diversity in our board as well.

The deadline for all nominations is April 2. To self-nominate, please send your name, library and role at said library, and a short (under 100 words) biography to scott.childers.sels@gmail.com . To nominate someone else, please send their name, contact information, and if you have already approached that person or not.