Charles Beard, beloved member of SELA and a pillar of leadership in the association for decades, passed away on June 2, 2004. Several days before his passing, a retirement party was held for Charles at the State University of West Georgia. The tributes on the following pages were written by close colleagues both for this occasion and upon the news of his death. The Southeastern Library Association dedicates this issue to the memory of Charles E. Beard. A full obituary can be found later in this issue.