Georgia Writers Hall of Fame
As part of the University of Georgia's Year 2000 millennial celebration, the University Libraries established the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame—a public awards program and a permanent Internet exhibit honoring Georgia's most influential writers.
The organizers also conceived the Hall of Fame as a library reference, or "gateway," program. The annual induction process and the corresponding Internet Hall of Fame exhibit are designed to introduce interested groups to the university's unparalleled collections of Georgia literature and literary source materials.
The Hall of Fame online presence includes a virtual pantheon or "cyberhall" of digital portraits, capsule biographies, and bibliographies of the authors' published works. These lists of published works are compiled from the catalogs of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The staff manages the nomination process of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame awards program.
The program annually solicits nominations from the public and turns the eligible nominations over to a board of volunteer judges,
The Hall of Fame officially opened in April 2000. At that time the board of judges selected a charter membership of twelve famous writers from Georgia's history. Since then, judges have convened annually to select new members from among the nominations. From the time of their selection, all living writers are invited to serve three-year terms as ex officio members of the board of judges.
Media Gallery: Georgia Writers Hall of Fame