Beta Phi Mu's Annual Business Meeting and Member Reception will take place in conjunction with the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 2:00-4:00pm, Marriott Marquis, Salon 12. For more information, see the 2019 Events page.
The Beta Phi Mu Award will be presented at the ALA President's Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 3:00-3:30pm at the Washington Convention Center, Ballroom B/C. This year we are happy to announce that the Beta Phi Mu Award will be presented to Dr. Mirah J. Dow of Emporia State University!
A new edition of The Pipeline, Beta Phi Mu's semi-annual newsletter, is now available! Check it out in the Newsletter section, under "Publications" on our website. We'd also like to say a special "Welcome!" to our new newsletter editor, Kirsten Lorenzen! We're excited about the new look that Kirsten has brought to The Pipeline and hope that you like it, too!
Beta Phi Mu members, please participate in our 2019 election! We'll be electing a new Vice President/President Elect and a new Director-at-Large for our organization. Go to the 2019 ballot and cast your votes today! Polls close at midnight, Tuesday, June 4th.
Beta Phi Mu is pleased to announce the winners of the March, 2019 drawing for the Frank B. Sessa Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education of Beta Phi Mu Members! The winners are:
Congratulations to all! Each of these winners will receive $150 toward the continuing education opportunity of their choice. Cristina Ramirez plans to use her award to take a Library Juice Academy course on "Creating an Oral History Project." Megan De Armond plans to do some online webinars or a Medical Library Association workshop to help further her career as a health sciences librarian. All recipients have one year to take advantage of their award.
Did you sign up for the Sessa lottery but didn't win this time? Not to worry -- you are still eligible for the September, 2019 lottery! If you haven't entered the lottery yet, you have until August 31, 2019 to do so. For more information or to register for the lottery, go to the Sessa Scholarships page at https://www.betaphimu.org/sessa.html
Beta Phi Mu is seeking a volunteer newsletter editor for its twice-yearly electronic newsletter, The Pipeline. Duties include:
The lottery for 2019 Frank B. Sessa Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education of Beta Phi Mu Members is now open! Beta Phi Mu members may register to be selected for one of ten $150 scholarships for a continuing education opportunity of their choice. Five winners will be selected at random in March and another five will be selected in September.
Many thanks to Library Juice Academy for sponsoring these awards!
Beta Phi Mu members, please go to the Sessa Scholarship page for more information about the award, to read the Sessa Scholarship Guidelines, and to access the link to register for the lottery!
The Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society (Beta Phi Mu) is pleased to announce our continued partnership with the Eugene Garfield Foundation to provide fellowships for LIS doctoral candidates in the dissertation-writing phase. Up to six awards of $3,000 each will be granted in the 2019/20 season.
To be eligible, the candidate must:
For more information, see: https://www.betaphimu.org/garfield.html
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:
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