2016 Bobinski Lecture

Please join us for the 2016 Bobinski Lecture by Courtney L. Young, Immediate Past-President of the American Library Association.


Date: Tuesday March 8, 2016, 7 p.m.

Venue: Special Collections, 420 Capen Hall, University at Buffalo North Campus

RSVP: This lecture is free, but please RSVP at: http://bit.ly/1RgHK1w

Libraries of all types are leaders in their communities and empower community leadership. Building on her presidential themes of diversity, career development, and engagement and outreach, American Library Association Immediate Past President COURTNEY L. YOUNG will talk about the interconnectedness of the leadership roles librarians and staff play. She is currently Head Librarian and Professor of Women’s Studies at Penn State Greater Allegheny. In 2011, Courtney was named a Library Journal “Mover & Shaker,” recognized as a Change Agent for her ability to successfully make connections among a diversity of duties in her library, on campus, and in the profession. She is a graduate of the College of Wooster (OH) with a B.A. in English and minors in Black Studies and Women’s Studies, and Simmons College, where she received her M.S. in Library Science.

This lecture is supported by The George and Mary Bobinski Lecture Fund. A reception following the lecture will be co-sponsored by Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, University at Buffalo Libraries, and the Western New York Library Resources Council.

Register for 2016 Annual Meeting and Induction Ceremony

The Beta Delta’s annual meeting will be held on Monday, April 11th, 2016.

Dinner will be at Sean Patrick’s Restaurant, 3480 Millersport Highway, Getzville, NY 14068.

There will be a cash bar from 5:30-6:30 with dinner starting at 6:30 and the ceremonies beginning around 8:00 PM.

Kimberly Davies Hoffman, Head of Outreach, Learning, and Research Services at the University of Rochester will be the featured speaker.

With much success over the past 15 years working and teaching collaboratively at SUNY Geneseo, Kimberly Hoffman now serves as the University of Rochester’s  Head of Outreach, Learning, and Research Services at the River Campus Libraries. Her interests lie in engaging pedagogy, instructional design, assessment, and creating professional development opportunities. She has been a founding member for programs like LILAC, the  3Ts,and  RYSAG. Kimberly earned her MLS at the University at Buffalo and a BA in French and International Relations at the University of New Hampshire.


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Congratulations to New Beta Phi Mu Inductees from University at Buffalo Library and Information Studies Network

The Department of Library and Information Studies is pleased to announce the induction of eight new members into the local chapter of the library and information studies honor society, Beta Phi Mu.

Founded in 1948, Beta Phi Mu recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement among library and information studies students. The name of the society derives from the initials of the Greek words Bibliothekarios philax mathesis, meaning “librarians are the guardians of knowledge.” The society’s motto, Aliis inserviendo consumor, means “Consumed in the service of others.” Over 35,000 graduates of accredited library and information studies programs in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have been initiated into Beta Phi Mu. Our latest inductees, selected from the pool of recent graduates on the basis of high academic achievement and a faculty assessment of their professional leadership potential, were invited to attend a ceremony and reception on October

Congratulations to new Beta Phi Mu members: Tracy N. Dunstan, Sarah S. Easton, Andrea L. Fetterly, Allison M. Fischer, Eileen Bauer Gardner, Christina M. Karvounis, Amanda F. McCormick, and Kimberly J. Whittemore.

Presidential News and Notes – September, 2015

LIS Chapter of Beta Phi Mu – Presidential News and Notes

By Jim Tammaro, Chapter President

  • The LIS Chapter held a board meeting on September 16th. During the meeting a number of subjects were discussed.  Some of the more important subjects included:
    • Based on early returns, it appears the membership is voting in favor of the changes in the chapter by-laws. Once the voting period is officially ended, if the by-laws are approved, a copy of the amended by-laws will be uploaded to the chapter’s website.
    • Major improvements have been made in the chapter’s website which should prove to be a benefit to the entire membership.
    • The chapter will hold an induction ceremony for new members of the chapter on Monday, October 5th at 7:00 PM in a meeting room on the 5th floor of Baldy Hall on the North Campus of SUNY Buffalo. The room will be equipped with telecommunications equipment so that chapter members from outside the Buffalo Area can participate in the induction ceremony.
    • The board approved supporting various LIS events such as the Bobinski Lecture Series talks by having chapter members volunteer to assist with the preparations for the events.
    • The board determined to hold the annual chapter meeting sometime in April of 2016.
    • The next board meeting will be held Wednesday, November 18th at 6:30 PM in a meeting room on the 5th floor of Baldy Hall on the north campus of SUNY Buffalo.

Presidential News and Notes – June 2015

Next Chapter Board Meeting – The next meeting of the Chapter’s Board of Officers will be held Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00 PM in Baldy 594 on the Amherst Campus. Anyone is welcome to attend. If you have any issues you would like brought up at the meeting, please contact one of your Chapter Officers. 

Save the date for the annual meeting and Induction Ceremony – The Chapter’s Annual Meeting and Induction Ceremony will be in the form of a reception and be held on Monday, October 5th at 7:00 PM in Baldy 553 on the Amherst Campus. The Board is in the process of working with the on-campus catering services to determine the food and beverages that will be offered at the reception. We hope to see you there!

Proposals for Amending the Chapter By-laws To Be Voted on Soon – At its last meeting the Chapter’s Board discussed amending the Chapter’s by-laws to reflect some necessary changes needed with the by-laws. In connection with this matter, the Board will be sending out to the membership a copy of the original bylaws along with the proposed amendments for the memberships review. Then, on Monday, August 24th a Survey Monkey site will be sent to the membership to be used by the membership to vote on the proposed changes in the bylaws.

Presidential News and Notes – March 2015

  • The LIS Chapter held a board meeting on January 13th. During the course of the meeting a number of items were discussed. Some of the more important issues were:
    • The board approved the final draft of the Chapter’s Officer Position Descriptions which provides detailed information about the responsibilities of each Board position. The document can be found on our website.
  • The board approved the final draft of the proposed bylaw changes which will go to the chapter membership for a vote in the near future.
  • The board discussed the process for the selection of new inductees into the Chapter.
  • The board set the date for the Chapter’s annual initiation banquet and annual meeting for Thursday, March 12th at 6:00 PM at the Protocol Restaurant on Transit Road in Williamsville. To make a reservation for the meeting, contact me at jmtmls@gmail.com or Brenda Battleson at blb@buffalo.edu.
  • The board decided the Chapter would co-sponsor The Bobinski Lecture featuring Dr. David Weinberg on March 10th at the Buffalo History Museum.
  • The chapter will be holding elections for new officers to the board this summer or fall so if you are a member in good standing with the Chapter and you’d like to get more involved with our Chapter operations, think about running for a Chapter Office!
  • The Chapter Board is still interested in having the Chapter carry out one or two service-related projects over the coming year. So, if you’ve got an idea for a project the Chapter could carry out or assist with, please contact me at jmtmls@gmail.com.

2014 Election results

President Jim Tammaro and Secretary/Treasurer Brenda Battleson

The 2014 Board officers are:

President: Jim Tammaro
Vice President: Amy Miller
Secretary/Treasurer: Brenda Battleson
Directors: Christopher Conrad, Esther Jackson, Carolyn Klotzbach, and Kelly Sallander.