Active Participation in Our Beta Phi Mu Chapter Can Make You More Competitive for Professional Positions!

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:



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