Paul Kelsey

Head of Acquisitions at Sims Memorial Library at Southeastern Louisiana University and is publisher and editor in chief as well as creator of—Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off!


His accomplishments include:

  • Creating an online structure of the Launch Pad website that allows readers to look at work by category, age of author or illustrator and where the author or illustrator is from; this encourages interaction.
  • Helping to pair authors and illustrators to collaborate on projects and encourage working together.
  • Making Launch Pad international with contributors and readers from the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Thailand and beyond.
  • Allowing Launch Pad to be open access and free of charge.
  • Authoring 19 publications, productions, and presentations.
  • Current and past membership in The American Library Association (2001-2007, 2012-present), The Catholic Library Association (2010), The Louisiana Library Association (2000-2004), and USAIN (2001-2007).

Awards Won

Title Year
Scholastic Library Publishing Award

An annual award consisting of $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation presented to a librarian whose "unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people" exemplifies outstanding achievement in the profession.

2012 - Winner(s)