SELA Awards & Scholarships

Charles E. Beard Award (formerly President's Award)
The Southeastern Library Association is accepting nominations for the SELA Charles E Beard Award (formerly President's Award). The purpose of the award is to honor an individual outside the library profession who has made a significant contribution to the development or promotion of libraries in the Southeast. The President's Award was established by the Executive Board of SELA in March, 1988. The Charles E. Beard Award Committee is appointed by the President of SELA and shall include members from a variety of states in SELA.


Ginny Frankenthaler Memorial Scholarship
The purpose of the scholarship is to recruit beginning professional librarians who possess potential for leadership and commitment to service in libraries in the Southeastern United States*. The scholarship provides financial assistance towards completion of the graduate degree in library science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association.


Honorary SELA Membership
The Southeastern Library Association Honorary Membership Committee is accepting nominations for honorary membership in the Southeastern Library Association. This designation is conferred upon living individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Association or to library development in the Southeast.


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


Outstanding Southeastern Author Award
The Southeastern Library Association recognizes authors in states of the Southeastern Library Association for current works of literary merit.


Outstanding Southeastern Library Program Award
The Southeastern Library Association recognizes an outstanding program of service in an academic, public, school, or special library in a Southeastern Library Association member state.


Mary Utopia Rothrock Award
The Southeastern Library Association honors a librarian who has contributed substantially to the furtherance of librarianship in the southeast during a career.


Southern Books Competition
The competition represents the Association's commitment to the book as a vital part of library service. Awards are made on the basis of design, typography, and quality of production. Judges are knowledgeable book people associated with book design, binding, printing, bookselling, publishing, and librarianship.