After receiving the necessary input regarding possible dates for a joint LIS Chapter Beta Phi Mu Board Meeting for the outgoing and incoming boards, Monday, December 11th works for everyone. The meeting will be held in the LIS Meeting Room which is Baldy 553 on the north campus and start the meeting at 7:00 PM.
This classroom has Skype capabilities. Please send your Skype username to Jim Tammaro (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to attend remotely.
An agenda and past minutes will be circulated prior to the meeting.
For the Board of Officers for the Beta Delta Chapter of Beta Phi Mu
As per Article X of the Beta Delta Chapter Bylaws, it is time to call for nominations for elected offices on the Chapter’s Board of Officers. Article X states:
Nominations for the officers and three directors shall be made by a committee appointed by the president. Additional nominations may be made from the floor prior to the election. One director shall be nominated and elected from among the newly inducted members at the time of election.
The Nominations Committee is presently composed of the current Board and all positions on the Board are up for election. Those positions include: President, Vice-President/President-elect, Secretary/Treasurer and four Directors. If at all possible, at least one director should be nominated from the most recent 2 classes of inductees (2015 and 2016).
In view of the above, nominations will accepted until Fri., Sept. 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM Eastern The names of the individuals nominated for office will then be distributed with any statements by the candidates via the Chapter’s listserv. The election will take place, via online ballot, from Wed. Sept. 27, 2017 through Wed. Oct. 11, 2017 at 5:00pm. An email link to the electronic ballot will be provided. I am attaching a list of the position descriptions for your reference.
The Nominations Committee is looking for a few good officers to lead the Chapter and “set the bar high”. Therefore, please consider nominating yourself or someone else to run for one of our chapter offices. Please ensure the person you are nominating WANTS to be nominated. 🙂
A brief bio should accompany the e-mail message containing the nomination. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please send an e-mail message with that information to email@example.com by the Sept. 22nd deadline. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM in Baldy Hall – Room 553
The meeting will feature a presentation by Valerie Nesset, PhD on “Information Literacy Instruction: Things You Need to Know But Maybe Don’t Know to Ask”.
In the session, Dr. Nesset will offer insights into areas of information literacy instruction that may not be covered in LIS programs or ongoing professional development. Concepts related to information literacy such as indexing, classification, information behavior, user experience, and usability will be discussed.
Valerie Nesset, PhD is an Associate Professor, Associate Chair with the Department of Library and Information Studies at SUNY Buffalo. She is the editor of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science (CJILS). Her research focuses on the intersection between information-seeking behavior and information literacy, specifically with elementary school students. In addition to several book chapters and conference papers, she has authored several articles that have appeared in journals such as Education Today, The Indexer, Information Research, Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Library and Information Science Research, and New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship.
Light refreshments and snacks will be served after the meeting. For more information, contact Jim Tammaro, Chapter President at firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Date! Next Chapter Meeting will be held Monday, May 15th at 7:00 PM in Baldy 553 featuring a presentation by Valerie Nesset, PhD., Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Department of Library and Information Studies, Graduate School of Education, State University of New York at Buffalo
Dr. Nesset will be speaking on Information Literacy Instruction. An effort will be made to stream the meeting for those members not located in the Western New York Area who would like to participate in the meeting and listen to Dr. Nesset's presentation. More information to come in the near future.
Get ready to Participate in this Year’s Chapter Activities!
The Board is Planning an Active Year!
Your Beta Phi Mu Chapter Board recently held a very productive meeting to plan for conducting some interesting chapter programs this year.
Here are some of the highlights of this year’s planning meeting:
Chapter Involvement in the Bobinski Lecture Series Event – The Board decided to support the 2017 Bobinski Lecture Series Event being held Monday, March 27th at 7:00 PM on the North Campus of UB. The event will feature Dr. John Bertot discussing “Under Duress: The MLS and Libraries Today”. The chapter is lending support to help set up for the event, staff the registration desk and help clean up after the event. The really exciting possibility relating to this event for chapter members not located in the Western New York Area is that plans are underway to broadcast the presentation via “Facebook Live” so chapter members not located in WNY will be able to view the presentation! Check back on our website and/or on the Listserv to learn more about how members can watch the presentation from outside of WNY.
Three Programs Planned for This Year – The Board decided to try and hold three educational programs this year exclusively for chapter members. At this point, the programs are tentatively scheduled for late May, over the summer and in November. As we get more information about these events confirmed we’ll post that info on our website and on our Listserv.
A Twitter Site for the Chapter – One of our Board Members offered to establish a Twitter Site for our Chapter to allow chapter members to connect with each other with the chapter leadership and stay on top of chapter happenings. As soon as we have the twitter handle established we’ll post it on our website and via our Listserv.
A Presidential E-mail Message Just for Each Member – In the next week or so I will be sending a personal e-mail message to each chapter member highlighting our activities coming up this year and discussing how each chapter member can become more involved in the chapter’s operations to ensure the chapter will be a valuable resource to all members over the long term.
So, it looks like 2017 will be a great year to get involved with your Beta Phi Mu Chapter. We hope all members take advantage of this year’s chapter events.
If you have any questions about our chapter activities or would like to become more active in our Beta Phi Mu Chapter, please contact me. I can be reached by phone at 716-479-5509 or by e-mail at: email@example.com.
You are able to renew your Beta Delta membership either online or via snail mail. Dues are $15 for the year. These dues help us to continue to promote and support scholarship in LIS by co-sponsoring lectures with UB’s LIS Program as well as holding events for Beta Delta members.
SUNY Buffalo Chapter of Beta Phi Mu Presidential News and Notes for January 2017
By Jim Tammaro, Chapter President
When serving as an adjunct professor teaching records management and archives courses at the SUNY Buffalo Department of Library and Information Studies, I’m often asked what skills employers are seeking in candidates for archives or records management positions. The skills employers are looking for in archivists and records managers are most likely the same skills employers are looking for in any professional in the library field.
Active participation in our Beta Phi Mu Chapter gives chapter members the opportunity to gain additional skills or enhance existing skills which will end up making chapter members more competitive for positions in the library and information management field.
Here are some of the skills I’m talking about:
Possessing good communication skills both oral and written – Active chapter members get the chance to speak at various chapter functions and/or develop written documents. Both these activities will allow chapter members to not only enhance their communication skills but provide ways to illustrate to potential employers they possess those skills.
Leadership skills – By serving on the Chapter Board or taking the initiative by heading up a Chapter Committee chapter members can demonstrate to employers the leadership skills they possess which employers are always looking for in an employee.
The ability to be a team player – By serving on a Chapter Committee, Chapter members gain additional experience in collaborating with other professionals in a cooperative environment which will demonstrate to potential employers how easily you can work with others to achieve a common goal.
So, I hope you’ll start 2017 off right by getting involved in our Beta Phi Mu Chapter. If you do you’ll not only be strengthen the chapter and making it more vibrant, you’ll be getting a unique opportunity to enhance your communication skills, your leadership skills and your team building skills making you a much sought-after professional for any position in the library and/or information management field.
If you would like to become more active in our Beta Phi Mu Chapter, please contact me. I can be reached by phone at 716-479-5509 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.