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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...
The 2021 Beta Phi Mu Scholarship Season is Now Open
The Beta Phi Mu 2021 scholarship application period runs from November 15, 2020 through March 15, 2021. This year, applications will be accepted for Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships only.
Due to budgetary constraints, the Sarah Rebecca Reed Scholarship for beginning LIS students, the Blanche E. Woolls Scholarship for School Library Media Service, and the Harold Lancour Foreign Research Fellowship will not be awarded in 2021.
Frank B. Sessa Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education of Beta Phi Mu Members will be awarded by lottery as usual. The 2021 Sessa lottery will open on January 1, 2021.
For more information, visit the Scholarships page of our website.
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