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.


  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

Previous Outstanding Southeastern Library Program Award Winners

1980 Orlando (Florida) Public Library Catch Them in the Cradle
1982 Library Networking Commission (Fairfax, VA) Consortium for Continuing Education in Northern Virginia
1984 DeKalb Library System (Georgia) Tobie Grant Homework Library
1986 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library (NC) The Imaginative Spirit: Charlotte - Mecklenburg Literary Heritage
1988 Iberia Parish Library (Louisiana) Iberia Parish's Summer Workshop
1990 Greensboro (NC) Public Library Community of Readers
1992 Memphis/Shelby County (TN) Public Library and Information Center JOBLINC
1994 Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County NOVELLO: Festival of Reading
1996 SEFLIN (FL) SEFLIN Free-Net
1998 Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library (FL) National Library Card Sign-Up Month Program
2000 None Awarded
2002 Sequoyah Regional Library System (GA) -Journey Through Prejudice
2004 D.C. Hill Library, North Carolina State University
2006 Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, Alabama- BPL @Your School
2008 Forsyth County Public Library, Winston-Salem, NC
2010 None Awarded
2012 Florence County Library System, Florence, SC -Money Madness Teen Lock-In
2014 Greenville County Library System, Greenville, SC -African-American Genealogy Project
2016 Quillen College of Medicine Library, East Tennessee State University - Program to Provide Health Information at Remote Area Clinics

New College of Florida, Jane Bancroft Cook Library-The Cubano-American Community Project