SELS Training Extravaganza

FireworksBefore summer gets going full blast, give yourself a break and enjoy the 2016 SELS Training Extravaganza on May 13 at Seward Memorial Library. We have 12 workshops scheduled on 3 different tracks. And don’t forget the food: morning and afternoon refreshments, and a noon dinner of grilled chicken breast with alfredo sauce, twice baked potato casserole, green beans, salad, and a roll. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available.
The $25 fee includes lunch! Register at by the end of the day May 5th.

Following is a preview of the day: Continue reading

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 . To nominate someone else, please send their name, contact information, and if you have already approached that person or not.

SELS Sponsors “Policies for Results” Workshop for Librarians and Library Board Members

Bonnie McKBonnie McKewon, a well-known and respected presenter, will be coming to Seward Memorial Library on March 17th for a 4 CE workshop on policy creation and refinement. The workshop will begin at 10 am and last until 3 pm.
“Policies For Results” is a fresh way of approaching policy development by looking at constructing policies in 4 parts: the philosophy statement, the regulations, the procedures, & the guidelines.  Through exercises and small group discussion, learn how to apply the 4 parts of a policy to sample topics.  Review the board’s role in policy development, along with the roles played by the library director and staff.  And share your policy pet peeves!  The workshop is based on the book from the Public Library Association: “Creating Policies For Results: From Chaos to Clarity.”
Bonnie McKewon is a consultant with the State Library of Iowa, stationed at the Northwest District office in Sioux City, providing library management training and consulting for 90 public libraries in 14 N.W. Iowa counties. She has conducted training for public library staff and boards for over 20 years, presenting workshops on a wide variety of topics, from presentation pointers to formulating smart survey questions, from succession planning to encouraging tech savvy trustees.
Bonnie has been an instructor for Iowa’s library director certification program for many years. And with an affinity for library board training, she has developed a multi-part series of online classes for boards, including “The Board’s Role in HR” and “Jumpstart Your Trusteeship.”
In addition, she has taught on-site board development workshops in South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, and Michigan. Over the years, Bonnie has presented at state and national conferences, among them PLA and ARSL (Association for Rural and Small Libraries) Before joining the State Library, Bonnie was the Administrator of the Northwest Iowa Regional System for 20 years and formerly the director of Spencer (IA) Public Library.
Southeast Library System is pleased to sponsor this workshop for any library staff who work with formulating policy, as well as Library Board members. We are able to offer the workshop for only $20, including lunch. This is due to the fact that this activity is supported in large part with funding from the State of Nebraska and from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.
Register by March 13 at

Big Talk from Small Libraries

Seward Memorial LibrarySeward Memorial Library is hosting a showing of the Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference on February 26, 2016 between 8:45 and and 5:00 pm. You could watch from your desk (in that case go to the official registration page). Or you can join with others in watching the conference. If you register here you will help give us a count for those expected to attend at Seward Memorial Library. Bring your lunch and favorite snacks, or chip in for pizza.

Also, if another library in a different part of the system would like to host a showing, go for it!