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
Young Adult Literature, Libraries, and Conservative Activism by Loretta M. Gaffney is now available!
From the Preface to the book: [This book] "examines how librarians, teachers, cultural critics, and conservative library activists portray young adult (YA) literature and its readers. It analyzes public and professional discussions of YA in order to find points of agreement and contention and to bring a librarian's-eye-view to cultural criticism of teen media. It considers YA literature not simply as a body of literature written and published for a teen audience but also as a cultural signifier standing in for different constituencies' views of teenage reading."
Beta Phi Mu members receive a 20% discount on all Scholars Series titles from Rowman & Littlefield. See more information on our Scholars Series Titles webpage.
The Fall/Winter 2016 edition of Beta Phi Mu's newsletter, The Pipeline, is now available!
Features include a message from President Linda C. Smith, news of chapters, 2016 scholarship winners, member news, a rememberance of former Beta Phi Mu President and Executive Director Bill Summers, and an article about our re-designed website.
Visit the Newsletter page to read this current newsletter, as well as past issues.
Are you a librarian with a research interest in a country outside of North America? The Harold Lancour Scholarship for Foreign Study may be for you! this $1,750 scholarship is awarded to librarians for research or a special course of study to survey foreign libraries or programs outside North America, and/or to conduct research in a foreign country outside North America. For more information, see the Lancour Scholarship page on our website:
Beta Phi Mu 2017 Scholarship Season is Now Open!
Applications for all Beta Phi Mu scholarships and fellowships are now available. For more information, see the Scholarships page.
The Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Paper Award for 2017 is being jointly presented by the Beta Phi Mu International Honor Society and the American Library Association’s Library Research Round Table (http://www.ala.org/lrrt/) to recognize excellent research in progress into problems related to the profession of librarianship. Any ALA member is eligible for this $500 award, and all methodologies and research topics/questions are eligible for consideration.
The deadline for submission is January 31, 2017. Submissions must not have been published prior to January 31, 2017. The submissions will be limited to a 2,000-word abstract, excluding the bibliography or reference list, and should be emailed to Susan Rathbun-Grubb, Award Committee Chair – email@example.com
For more information, see the BPM/LRRT Research Paper Award page.
Please note the updated contact information below:
Beta Phi Mu Headquarters
PO Box 42139
Philadelphia, PA 19101
See the Contact Headquarters page for more information!
Congratulations to the six Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship winners, as well to the other scholarship winners for this season! For more details, see 2016 Scholarship Winners. The 2017 Beta Phi Mu scholarship season will open again on Nov. 15, 2016.
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