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The International Library and Information Studies Honor Society
About Beta Phi Mu
Beta Phi Mu recognizes the scholastic achievement and leadership potential of LIS graduates, and fosters the values of scholarship, leadership, and service in its members.
Eligibility for membership in Beta Phi Mu is by invitation of the faculty from institutions where the American Library Association, or other recognized accrediting agency approved by the Beta Phi Mu Executive Board, has accredited or recognized a professional degree program.
Our name comes from the initials of the Greek words Bibliothekarios philax mathesis, meaning “librarians are the guardians of knowledge.” The insignia of Beta Phi Mu is the dolphin and anchor, mark of the Venetian printer Aldus Manutius. The motto, Aliis inserviendo consumor, meaning “Consumed in the service of others” was selected by the founders based on the concept of the dedication of librarians and other information professionals to the service of others. More...
Beta Phi Mu Mourns the Passing of Dr. Eugene Garfield
The Beta Phi Mu Board expresses condolences to the family of Dr. Eugene Garfield following his death on February 26, 2017. Dr. Garfield will be remembered for his many accomplishments as a researcher and founder of the Institute for Scientific Information. As the international library and information studies honor society, Beta Phi Mu values the support and encouragement that Dr. Garfield provided for doctoral students to excel in research. The recipients of the Beta Phi Mu/Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are one aspect of his legacy to the field.
Linda C. Smith
2016-2017 Beta Phi Mu President
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