The 2019 Beta Phi Mu Scholarship Season is now open! Applications are now being accepted for the following awards:
Links to applications for these awards are now available on the Beta Phi Mu website. All application materials must be submitted online by the March 15, 2019 deadline. Award announcement will be made at the Beta Phi Mu program at the ALA Annual Meeting in June.
For more information on these awards, please visit the Scholarships page:
Congratulations to the September, 2018 Winners of the Frank B. Sessa Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education of Beta Phi Mu Members
Congratulations to the September 2018 recipients of the Frank B. Sessa Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education of Beta Phi Mu Members! The winners of the latest drawing are: Sara Zettervall (Beta Beta Xi Chapter, St. Catherine University); Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem (Beta Omega Chapter, University of South Carolina); Patricia Carroll (At Large, Dominican University); Sharon McQueen (Beta Rho Chapter, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee); and Laura Doan (Sigma Chapter, Drexel University). They will each receive $150 toward the expenses associated with a professional continuing education opportunity of their choice.
Many thanks to Library Juice Academy for underwriting these scholarships!
These scholarships are an exclusive benefit of Beta Phi Mu membership and are awarded by lottery. The 2018 lottery for Sessa Scholarships is now closed; it will reopen again on January 1, 2019. All eligible Beta Phi Mu members are encouraged to sign up for the Sessa lottery after the first of the year; drawings will be held in March and September. In the meantime, for more information and a link to the Sessa Scholarship Guidelines, see the Sessa Scholarship page.
The Beta Phi Mu Executive Board has approved a new category of membership in our honor society: professional membership. This category is meant for people who meet the qualifications of membership but did not join at the point of graduation. This may be due to graduating from a program that was not actively nominating members at the time or not being nominated due to nomination caps. Nominated graduates may have chosen not to join at the time and the record of nomination has subsequently been lost.
Professional members must meet the same minimum GPA of 3.75 from an accredited or recognized LIS program, provide letters of recommendation, and show evidence of having made a distinctive contribution to the profession. To see all of the requirements for professional membership, and to access the link to the online professional membership application form, visit the "BPM Membership" page at:
At its Annual Business Meeting and Member Reception, held on June 23, 2018 in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the American Library Association (ALA), the Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society (BPM) announced the award winners for its 2018 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 complete results and information see the Press Release concerning the 2018 winners:
Beta Phi Mu Honor Society is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 elections for new board members and officers. We appreciate our members’ willingness to serve and lead our honor society.
Dr. Elaine Yontz (East Carolina University, Beta Beta Omicron Chapter) is the new President of our society. Dr. Vicki Gregory (University of South Florida, Beta Phi Chapter) moves to the role of Past President. We also welcome our new Vice President/President Elect, Dr. Cecelia Brown (University of Oklahoma, Lambda Chapter).
Our new Director is Dr. Sheri Ross (St. Catherine University, Beta Beta Xi Chapter) and our new Directors-at-Large are Dr. Heather Moulaison-Sandy (University of Missouri, Psi Chapter) and Camille McCutcheon (University of South Carolina Library, Beta Omega Chapter).
For more information, see: 2018 Election Results
Beta Phi Mu Members! Join us for our Annual Business Meeting and Member Reception at ALA Annual in New Orleans! Our event will take place Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 4:00-6:00pm at the Le Meridien, Esplanade Ballroom 1 (#16 on the ALA hotel chart). There will be an election for new members of the Board of Directors, officer and chapter reports, an initiation for new members, and a special celebration of our 70th Anniversary. Dr. Em Claire Knowles of Simmons College will present the keynote address.
Please see our events page for more information and rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. Please also let us know if you wish to be initiated or if you will be representing your chapter.
The Beta Phi Mu Award, which recognizes distinguished service to education for librarianship, will be presented on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Awards Ceremony, 3:00-3:30pm New Orleans Theatre B at the Morial Convention Center.
We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!
Beta Phi Mu members -- the polls are now open! Please vote in our 2018 election for the next Vice President/President Elect and a new Director-at-Large. There are also two proposed by-laws changes to weigh in on.
To vote, please visit the BPM 2018 Ballot! The polls will be open until May 31st.
Congratulations to the Winners of the Frank B. Sessa Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education of Beta Phi Mu Members
Congratulations to the first five recipients of the newly re-vamped Frank B. Sessa Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education of Beta Phi Mu Members. The winners of the March drawing are: Alexa Hirsch Lalejini (Pi Lambda Sigma Chapter, Syracuse University); Adriene Galindo (Beta Beta Chapter, Simmons College); Kristin Hall (Beta Beta Xi Chapter, St. Catherine University); James Clark (Beta Phi Chapter, University of South Florida); and Monica Rudzinski (At-Large, Kent State University). They will each receive $150 toward the expenses associated with a professional continuing education opportunity of their choice.
Many thanks to Library Juice Academy for underwriting these scholarships!
Beta Phi Mu members who have registered for the lottery but did not win this time are still eligible for the September drawing. Beta Phi Mu members who haven't yet registered may do so any time between now and August 31st. Please do not register more than once as multiple submissions will result in disqualification. These scholarships are not based on need and are not competitive. They are a benefit of Beta Phi Mu membership and are awarded by lottery. For more information and a link to the registration form, see the Sessa Scholarship page.
Congratulations to Melissa Mallon and Melanie Maksin, who were judged the winners of the 2017 Best Book Proposal contest! The contest was sponsored by the Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series in collaboration with our publishing partner, Rowman & Littlefield. Mallon and Maksin share the $250 prize for their book proposal titled Partners in Teaching & Learning: Coordinating a Successful Academic Library Instruction Program. Scholars Series Editor Andrea Falcone is currently working with these authors to further develop their proposal, with an eye toward publication in the Scholars Series.
For more information about the Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series, see the Scholars Series Overview.
The lottery is now open for the new iteration of the Frank B. Sessa Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education of Beta Phi Mu Members. These scholarships are intended to support Beta Phi Mu members in pursuing continuing professional education in LIS, archival studies, or other approved information-related studies. A total of ten $150 scholarships will be granted in 2018 -- five in March and five in September. Please visit the Sessa Scholarship page for more information, and links to the Sessa Scholarship Guidelines and the lottery form.
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