We're pleased to announce the 2017 Best Book Proposal Contest for the Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series, sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield, publishers. Do you have a book idea that might be a good fit with the Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series? Submit a book proposal to Scholars Series Editor Andrea Falcone, at email@example.com, by 11:59 p.m. on November 15th, 2017. You could win $250.00 from Rowman & Littlefield and the opportunity to pursue a book contract. See the Contest Page for more information.
Rowman & Littlefield, our publishing partner for the Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series, is offering a 30% discount on all new Scholars Series titles! This offer is good through the end of 2017 and is exclusive to Beta Phi Mu members only. A 20% discount is the normal Beta Phi Mu benefit; to receive the 30% discount, mention promo code 4S17BPMS when you order online or by phone. Good on all 2017 publication date titles:
The Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 elections for new Executive Board Directors and Officers.
In the May, 2017 online election, Dr. Elaine Yontz, professor in the Library Science Program at East Carolina University and a founding member of Beta Beta Omicron Chapter, was elected Vice President/President Elect. Dr. Emily Knox, Assistant Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois and a member of Alpha Chapter, was elected to the position of Treasurer. Michelle Demeter, MSLIS, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Services at Florida State University’s Strozier Library and a member of Gamma Chapter, was elected Director-at-Large. Dr. Vicki Gregory, Professor in the School of Information at the University of South Florida and a Beta Phi Chapter member, will serve as Beta Phi Mu President for 2017-2018.
In the election held at Beta Phi Mu’s Annual Business Meeting in Chicago on June 24th, Dr. Laura Saunders, Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College and a member of Beta Beta Chapter, was elected to a second term as Director. Dr. Gordon Baker, Dean of University Libraries at Clayton State University and Beta Beta Mu Chapter member, was also elected as a Director.
For more information, see the complete press release here.
Beta Phi Mu Honor Society Announces 2017 Scholarship and Fellowship Winners for 2017
At its Annual Business Meeting and Member Reception, held on June 24, 2017 in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA), the Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society announced the award winners for its 2017 scholarship season. Each year, Beta Phi Mu provides $10,000 worth of scholarships and awards for study and research related to Library and Information Science, in addition to administering the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships.
For all the details concerning this year's winners, see the 2017 Beta Phi Mu Scholarships press release.
We're looking forward to seeing many of our members, supporters, and chapter leaders at ALA in Chicago!
Thanks to our generous sponsors for helping to underwrite our Business Meeting and Member Reception this year!
See the Events page for all the details!
The Spring/Summer 2017 edition of Beta Phi Mu's newsletter, The Pipeline, is now available!
Features include a message from President Linda C. Smith, news of chapters and members, a remembrance of Dr. Eugene Garfield, an announcement about the winner of the 2017 Beta Phi Mu Award, Dr. Em Claire Knowles, and more!
Visit the Newsletter page to read this current newsletter, as well as past issues.
The polls are open!
Beta Phi Mu members, please participate in our 2017 Election! We'll be electing a new Vice President / President Elect, a new Treasurer, and a new Director-at-large on this ballot! Two new Directors will also be elected at our Business meeting held in conjunction with ALA this summer in Chicago.
Go to Beta Phi Mu Election to participate! Polls close at midnight, May 31st.
Dr. Em Claire Knowles, assistant dean for student and alumni affairs at Simmons College's School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association's Beta Phi Mu Award. This award is given in recognition of the achievement of a library school faculty member or another individual for distinguished service to education for librarianship. This annual award, which consists of $1,000 and a citation of achievement, is sponsored by the Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society.
Arguably, Dr. Knowles' greatest influence on library education — and our profession — has been her unparalleled work surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion. Her publications, speaking engagements and professional activities have resulted in her becoming known worldwide as an authority on these matters. Thanks to Dr. Knowles, library education and librarianship have been challenged and positively influenced through her contributions.
Read more: http://www.betaphimu.org/bpm-award.html
The 2017 winner of the Beta Phi Mu-Library Research Round Table Research Paper Award is "Including the Voices of Librarians of Color in Reference and Information Services Work", authored by Amy VanScoy and Kawanna Bright. Dr. VanScoy is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Library and Information Studies, University at Buffalo. Ms. Bright is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Denver. They will receive a certificate and a $500 award at the American Library Association’s annual conference in Chicago this summer.
Reviewers described their research question as having “important implications for the profession, both in terms of diversity and social justice. It also has valuable potential for improving Reference and Instruction services for patrons of color.” The paper provided an “excellent review of the literature… to explain and revisit meaning for the results. ... Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) addresses commonalities and differences in the lived experiences of the phenomenon, which suits this question. The identification of clear themes… provides a valuable context for improving the work environment and supporting inclusiveness in the profession… provid[ing] potential for improving the equity and justice of reference and instructional services as well.”
The Beta Phi Mu Executive 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
Beta Phi Mu