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.

Charles E. Beard Award

Charles E. Beard's Biography

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.

Criteria and Guidelines

The award is given to an individual outside the library profession who has made a significant contribution to Southeastern libraries in one or more states. The award will be made to one person in a biennium, typically at the SELA conference. If no suitable nomination is received, may be omitted for that biennium. Nomination must be made by an SELA member. The recipient need not be a member of the association.

Required information

Persons nominating an individual should forward the nomination form, and a resume of the nominee including professional/business and association activities, membership in civic organizations, writings if pertinent, single events and or other honors received. The person making the nomination will include a short statement outlining the nominee's major contribution(s) to the Librarianship in the Southeast. Supporting documentation such as articles in local, statewide and national press, brochures, correspondence, letters of commendation, etc... are welcome and encouraged.

Contact Information

E. Lorene Flanders,
Chair, Charles E. Beard Award Committee
Executive Director, University of South Alabama Libraries
Mobile, Alabama
libraryadmin@southalabama.edu

Previous Charles E. Beard Award (President's Award) Winners

Nomination Form

Deadline for submission of nomination: August 20,2022

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Ginny Frankenthaler Memorial Scholarship

Ginny Frankenthaler's Biography

Virginia Boyd Frankenthaler was born December 11, 1926, in Arab, Alabama, attended public school in Huntsville, and graduated from S. R. Butler High School. Her family then moved to Auburn where Ginny attended THE University. An avid life-long football fan who believed that Auburn University could do no wrong, she graduated with a B.S. degree in social work. She met Bud Frankenthaler in August 1956, and they were married in November at the Redstone Arsenal Post Chapel. They lived in Huntsville where Ginny continued her career as a social worker. Bud received a commission as a Second Lieutenant. They went to Germany where Bud served as a Company Commander and Ginny did volunteer adoption social work for the International Social Services. While in Mannheim, Germany, Ginny gave birth to Debbie Lee Frankenthaler in 1958 and Stanley Edward Frankenthaler, III in 1960. They returned to the United States at the end of 1960 and resided on Long Island where Ginny renewed her career as a social worker. When Bud had a career change and the family moved to New Jersey in 1964, Ginny worked in the private sector doing research regarding single mothers who raise their children while residing in a low-income housing project.

In 1967, the Frankenthaler family was transferred by McGraw-Hill Publishing Company to St. Louis County, Missouri where Ginny decided it was time to be a full-time mother. When, in 1969, they were transferred to New York City, she continued her full-time career as a mother. In 1976, the family decided to move to Savannah, Georgia, and start a family-run recreational campground, which they sold in 1985. They later opened a restaurant in Hinesville, Georgia. At this time, Ginny was also doing volunteer work with the humane society. Ginny's daughter, Debbie, became a full-time mother and homeschooled her two daughters. She now teaches special education in the public school system. Ginny's son, Stan, graduated from the University of Georgia and then was valedictorian of his class at the Culinary Institute of America. He went on to own a gourmet restaurant and is now an Executive Chef for a large restaurant holding company.

Ginny died June 14, 1998. At her well-attended funeral, it was noted numerous times that Ginny's life demonstrated that she loved all people and all animals. The humane society named its Spay/Neuter Clinic after her. A voracious reader, Ginny commented many times that "our free library system is a true measure of our freedom of opportunity, as it gives everyone an unrestricted path to learning."

The Ginny Frankenthaler Memorial Scholarship in Library Science is made possible through the generosity of of Bud Frankenthaler, husband of Ginny Frankenthaler. Mrs. Frankenthaler believed that our free library system is the basis for a good life and that the greatest gifts a human being can have are good memories and education, both of which are supplied free by our public library system.

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.

Criteria and Guidelines

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded every two years. The recipient of the scholarship will be notified in July, with funding to begin with the fall school term.

To apply for the scholarship, submit the following to gfrankenthaler@selaonline.org and include your last name in the subject line of all correspondences:

The recipient of the scholarship must:

This scholarship is awarded every even year. Applications are due by the deadline of June 1st, even years only.. Selection will be based on the application and supporting documents. Factors that will be considered in making the award include academic excellence, potential for leadership, commitment to library service, and financial need. Other considerations being equal, residents of Liberty County, Georgia, or Southeastern Georgia will be given preference. Mrs. Frankenthaler was a native of Liberty County, Georgia.

Nomination Form

Deadline for submission of nomination: August 20,2022

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SELA Honorary Membership

The SELA 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.

In March 1987, the SELA Board voted to make recipients of the Mary Utopia Rothrock Award recipients of honorary membership. In the Honorary Members List below, an asterisk denotes the Mary Utopia Rothrock Award recipients.

Criteria

Contact Information

Camille McCutcheon Honorary Membership Chair
rcmccutc@uscupstate.edu
864-503-5612

Honorary Members List

Nomination Form

Deadline for submission of nomination: August 20,2022

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Hal Mendelsohn Award

Hal Mendelsohn's Biography

Hal Mendelsohn grew up in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. He attended Los Angeles City College and received a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Advertising from California State University at Los Angeles. He left the Los Angeles area in 1978 and joined VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) for one year and worked in Minneapolis, MN.

After VISTA, he attended the University of St Thomas, in St. Paul, MN. He received a Master of Arts in Community Education. Hal returned to Los Angeles and eventually moved to San Jose where he worked in several nursing homes. After being laid off, he made the decision to return to college and wanted to major in a profession where he could work with individuals in a higher education setting. While looking through The Chronicle of Higher Education, he read the description for a reference librarian. He realized that was the type of work he wanted to do!

Hal attended the MLS program at San Jose State University from summer 1992 through summer 1994. His first full time professional position was a reference librarian at Louisiana State University at Eunice. He worked there from 1995-2001. His second professional librarian position was that the University of Central Florida, where he worked until his retirement on July 31, 2015.

Hal has published articles, participated in joint and individual presentations, and poster sessions. He is a tireless promoter of information, mentoring, and the library profession.

He has held membership in the Florida Library Association (FLA), the Southeastern Library Association (SELA), and the American Library Association (ALA). Within ALA he held memberships in both ACRL and RUSA. His leadership was greatly appreciated in SELA. He was a member, co-chair, and chair of the Membership and Mentoring Committee for 14 years. In recognition of his dedication to the Southeastern Library Association, in 2012, the SELA Executive Board established the Hal Mendelsohn Award, for which Hal was the first recipient. He was recognized by the University of Central Florida by receiving the UCF Excellence in Librarianship Award in 2014.

Criteria and Guidelines

To honor a librarian who has exhibited continual, dedicated, outstanding service to the Southeastern Library Association.

Previous Hal Mendelsohn Award Winners List

Nomination Form

Deadline for submission of nomination: August 20,2022

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Outstanding Southeastern Author Award

Criteria

  1. Authors must be native or bona fide residents of a SELA state at the time the work was written or published.
  2. Works must be chosen based on literary merit.
  3. Two awards may be made: one in fiction and one in non-fiction.
  4. In each category, works must have been published within five years prior to December 31 of the year preceding the biennial conference.
  5. The person making the nomination must be a member of SELA.
 

Process

Submit nominations on this form along with any accompanying material (not to exceed four pages for each entry). Include reason(s) for nomination, book reviews, biography, and the like to the committee chair. Copies of the nominations will be distributed to all committee members.

For more information contact:
Nacole Adams, Chair
SELA Outstanding Author Award Committee
Email: nadams@holmescc.edu
Phone: (601) 605-3304
 

 

Previous Outstanding Southeastern Author Award Winners List

Nomination Form

Deadline for submission of nomination: August 20,2022

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Outstanding Southeastern Library Program Award

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

Criteria

  1. Any academic, public, school, or special library in the member states of the SELA may be cited for an outstanding program of service. Programs of service may include, but are not limited to library activities, projects, or programs.
  2. The program of service must take place during the biennium in which the nomination is made.
  3. The minimum time span for a nominated library program must not be less than three months, including the development and evaluation stages of the program.
  4. The person making the nomination must be a member of SELA.
  5. Nomination applications for the award should include the following information:
    • SELA member's name
    • Library's name, address, telephone number
    • Beginning and ending dates of the program
    • Narrative statement describing the program 1. goals and steps to achieve the goals 2. special contribution of the program/project
    • Supporting documents related to program publicity

For more information contact:

J.W. McRee, Librarian
Florence County Library System
509 S. Dargan Street
Florence, S.C. 29506
843-292-7363
bmcree@florencelibrary.org


Previous Outstanding Southeastern Library Program Award Winners

Nomination Form

Deadline for submission of nomination: August 20,2022

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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.

The Mary Utopia Rothrock Award was established in 1976 from the will of Mary Rothrock. It was sent to the SELA President on February 11, 1976, and stated, "I bequeath $10,000.00 to the SELA, the income from which shall be used to establish a biennial award. The recipient of this award is to be designated by a committee of the Association from among librarians of the Southeastern States, and chosen for exceptional contribution to library development in the Southeast." The committee shall be appointed by the President of SELA and shall include librarians from varying member states of SELA. The recipient of this award has always been kept secret until the actual presentation is made during the conference.

Criteria

  1. The age and years of service should not be a deciding factor in the selection.
  2. Service in one or more states of the southeast would qualify a person for nomination for the award.
  3. The award should be made to only one person in any biennium, and, if no deserving person is nominated, an award may be omitted for that biennium.
  4. Nomination must be made by an SELA member.

Please provide this information to submit a nomination:

Name of nominee:
Nominee's phone number:
Nominees's email:
Nominee's mailing address:
Name of SELA member making the nomination:
SELA member's phone number:
SELA member's email address:
How has the nominee contributed substantially to the furtherance of librarianship in the southeast during their career?
Any additional supporting biographical information:

Nominations are due by Friday, July 15 and should be emailed to kengelbrecht@cmlibrary.org

For more information please contact:

Kate Engelbrecht, ChairLibrarian
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library - North
County Regional
704-416-6021
kengelbrecht@cmlibrary.org

2022 Rothrock Award Committee:

Kate Engelbrecht, Chair
Melinda Matthews
Deborah D. Cobb
Linh Uong
Gina deLisle

Previous Award Winners

Deadline for submission of nomination: August 20,2022

Southern Books Competition

You are cordially invited to submit a book to the SELA 2022 Southern Books Competition (Deadline September 25, 2020). Please see Southern Books Competition (2020) for for entry information and an online payment form.

The Southeastern Library Association started the competition in 1952. Trade publishers, university presses, specialty publishers, and private presses located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico are eligible to enter the 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.

After award-winning books for the biennium are exhibited at the conference of the Association, they are available for a traveling exhibit for loan to institutions and organizations that wish to display them. A permanent archive is maintained at the W.T. Young Library at the University of Kentucky and the Lexington Public Library in Lexington

Criteria:

To submit a book(s) for the Southern Books Competition (published between 2019-2020), please send one copy of each book entered to the following address, all entries must be post-marked by September 25, 2020. An entry fee of $50.00 per title entered is required. Checks for entry fees should be payable to the Southeastern Library Association, and please reference the SELA Southern Books Competition.


For more information contact:

Peggy Kain, Chair of the SELA Southern Books Competition Award516 55th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35212


Nomination Form

Deadline for submission of nomination: August 20,2022

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