Want to get more involved in Beta Phi Mu on the national level, or know a BPM member who would? The BPM Nominating Committee is preparing the ballot for the upcoming election. We invite your nominations, including self-nominations, for the office of Director, Director-at-Large, and VP/President Elect for the Executive Board of BPM.
Expectations of those serving include: 1) ability to attend quarterly board meetings (conducted virtually; one in-person meeting may return post-COVID), 2) financial support of Beta Phi Mu, and 3) commitment to a board "job" as we move to a working board model (example duties would relate to activities such as membership, finances, chapter outreach, communication, or other necessary tasks for keeping our honor society running).
The deadline for nominations and submission of all materials (name, chapter affiliation, brief bio statement, and resume/CV) is May 15, 2021. Contact Nominating Committee Chair Cecelia Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to nominate.
Congratulations to the March, 2021 winners of the Frank B. Sessa Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education of Beta Phi Mu Members! Each of these members will receive $150 toward a continuing education opportunity of their choice: Amanda Click (Beta Beta Zeta), Jamie Luedtke (Alpha), Jennifer Taylor (Beta Psi), Cindy Tian (Alpha), and Liza Palmer (Beta Beta Epsilon).
Many thanks to Library Juice Academy for sponsoring these awards! These awards are a benefit of Beta Phi Mu membership and are awarded randomly to lottery entrants. If you entered the 2021 lottery and did not win this time, not to worry! You are still eligible for the September 2021 drawing! If you have not yet entered the 2021 lottery, you have until August 31, 2021 to do so. For more information, see: https://www.betaphimu.org/sessa.html
Lottery registration for 2021 Frank B. Sessa Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education
of Beta Phi Mu Members is now OPEN. Beta Phi Mu members may register once between January 1, 2021 and August 31, 2021 to be eligible for the drawing of ten $150 Sessa Scholarships -- five to be awarded in March and five to be awarded in September.
Sessa Scholarships are intended to support Beta Phi Mu members in pursuing continuing professional education in LIS, archival studies, or other approved information-related studies. Approved uses include attendance at professional preconference workshops or short courses; continuing education courses offered by accredited LIS programs; and online or face-to-face continuing education workshops and classes sponsored by professional associations and approved continuing education providers. These awards are not intended to support conference attendance or the pursuit of a formal degree, such as a Ph.D. or second Master’s degree.
To see the full Guidelines and the link to register for the lottery, please visit:
The latest edition of The Pipeline, the Beta Phi Mu newsletter, is now available You can read the new Fall/Winter 2020 edition in the Newsletter section of the Publications area on our website -- and peruse back issues as well!
Read a message from Dr. Emily Knox, BPM president, get all the scholarship and election results, and read up on the news from our chapters and members!
The 2021 Beta Phi Mu scholarship season is now open. The 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.
We're pleased to announce the winners of the September, 2020 drawing for the Frank B. Sessa Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education of Beta Phi Mu Members. This round's winners are:
Gerard Collins, San Jose State University, Omega Chapter
Kathleen Cummings, University of Toronto, At-Large
Raymond Pun, CUNY – Queens College, At-Large
April Shaw, University of South Carolina, Beta Omega Chapter
Jodi Shippee. Simmons University, Beta Beta Chapter
Each winner receives $150 toward an approved professional continuing education opportunity. Much thanks to Library Juice Academy for their generous support of these awards!
The 2020 Sessa lottery is now closed. Beta Phi Mu members, check back after the first of the year for the link to register for YOUR chance to win in 2021! For more information, visit:
Dr. John M. Budd, professor emeritus of the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri (SISLT), has been selected as the 2020 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 Science Honor Society.
For more information see the Beta Phi Mu Award page here.
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