Serving Library and Information Professionals since 1920


For over sixty years, the Southeastern Library Association has been a unifying force strong enough to influence legislation and to attract foundation and federal funds for regional library projects.  The accomplishments of the Association include two regional library surveys; the adoption of school library standards; the establishment of state library agencies and the position of state school library supervisor; the founding of library schools; the sponsoring of a variety of informative workshops; and the publication of significant regional research and a professional journal which has received national recognition.

Taken from The Southeastern Library Association Its History and Its Honorary Members 1920-1980, edited by Ellis Eugene Tucker. The Southeastern Library Association, Tucker, GA. 1980.



The first regional meeting took place at Signal Mountain, Tennessee, on November 12, 1920, with an attendance of one hundred librarians from seven states.

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Awards & Scholarships

The Mendelsohn Award honors a librarian who has exhibited continual, dedicated, outstanding service to the Southeastern Library Association.

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View info on upcoming Southeastern Library Association conferences and find out how your association can co-sponsor a conference with SELA.

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