Presidential News and Notes – December 2016

SUNY Buffalo Chapter of Beta Phi Mu

Presidential News and Notes

By Jim Tammaro, Chapter President


Dear fellow chapter members!

As your chapter president, I am committing myself to give it 100%, as my fellow board members are, to encouraging greater participation by our chapter membership.  In keeping with this thought, my goal will be to post my thoughts on our website on a monthly basis regarding what is happening with the chapter and how you can become more involved with the chapter activities.   We can’t have a vibrant chapter without you!

I was thrilled a number of the previous board members were willing to once again serve on the chapter’s board.  That is quite a commitment by some of the most outstanding chapter members we have.  I was even more thrilled that Sara Brown stepped forward and became a new member of the board.  Thank you once again Sara Brown.  Next year, it will be imperative that more “Sara Browns” join the board if the chapter is to survive and excel.

On Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Baldy Hall, the newly elected board will be holding its annual long-range planning meeting to plan chapter events for the coming year.  Even though it is a board meeting, the meeting will be open to all chapter members so those members located in the Buffalo-Rochester Area can certainly attend it in person but just as importantly, those chapter members located outside the area can attend the meeting via Skype.  Just provide us with your Skype information and we’ll pull you into the meeting.

The board is tentatively thinking about planning at least two professional events during the coming year and since we will be holding these events via Skype and other telecommunication resources, everyone who is a member of the chapter will have the opportunity to take advantage of these events no matter where they are located.

In addition, over the next month, I’ll be sending an individual e-mail message to each chapter member encouraging them to become actively involved in our chapter activities.

Our Beta Phi Mu Chapter can’t become the great chapter it can be without the active participation of all members of the chapter.  Here are some ways each chapter member can help the Board make the chapter great:

  • Actively participate in our chapter’s planned educational events in person or by Skype.
  • Provide the board your ideas as to the types of events you would like to see held this coming year and your ideas about other activities you’d like to see the chapter carry out.
  • Think now about the possibility of serving on the chapter board when we hold elections again next fall.
  • Read and respond to the individual e-mail message I’ll be sending out to each chapter member asking for their suggestions and input on the chapter.
  • Promoting your membership in the chapter by citing your membership on your resume and talking about your chapter membership in your work environment among other ways.

Again, the board is willing to work very hard to make the chapter great but we really can’t do it alone.  We need all the members to get involved to the extent they can.  If you have any ideas on what you’d like to see the chapter do, how you’d like to get involved in the chapter activities or other thoughts about the chapter operations, please contact me at

News & Notes from the President

Dear Beta Phi Mu Beta Delta Chapter Members:

I thought I would share with you some brief thoughts on the chapter's annual meeting held Thursday, October 20th at 7:00 PM in Baldy Hall on the North Campus of SUNY Buffalo.  We now have the ability to conduct our annual meetings using Skype which means chapter members can participate in our meetings no matter where they are geographically located.  Two chapter members actually participated in our annual meeting this year by Skype.

First of all, I want to thank all of the board members who were elected to office on the chapter board for their willingness to serve on the board for the coming year.  A special thank you goes out to the veteran board members who have served on the board the last two years and have expressed their great support for the chapter by offering to serve a third year.  A special welcome goes out to our new board member, Sara Brown, who stepped forward this year to run for office and get elected.  Welcome Sara!  The board is committed to giving it 110% in energizing the chapter membership so more chapter members will step up and run for office next year so the chapter can maintain its sustainability.

I thought the annual meeting came off well.  We were pleased to have a few regular chapter members attend the meeting in person as well as two members via Skype.  Thanks to Board Member, Brenda Battleson White, we were able to record the meeting and thanks to Esther Jackson, we have posted the recording on our website.  So, if you didn't get a chance to participate in the meeting, you can still listen to the meeting by clicking on the link to the recording on our website.

The best part of the annual meeting was the suggestions we received by those in attendance about how we can get the chapter membership more motivated.  I'm sure we'll consider all those ideas at our long-range planning meeting.

As your Chapter President, I'm planning on giving it my all this coming year to get this chapter energized so it's sustainable in the future.  I didn't put in all the effort I did over the last two years only to see the chapter get dormant again.  I hope all chapter members can match my effort.  All the board members are with me on this effort.  But, in the final analysis, the chapter can't continue to operate without the active participation of more chapter members.  The current board can't be expected to serve on the board forever.  With the great events we hope to plan in the coming year, I'm cautiously optimistic we can get the chapter membership more energized by the end of our year.

In connection with the above, in the near future, I will be composing an e-mail message and sending it out directly to each chapter member promoting their active participation in the chapter in the coming year.

On Thursday, February 9th at 6:30 PM, the chapter board will be holding it's annual long-range planning meeting to plan events for the coming year. Please feel free to join us by Skype at the meeting and give us your ideas for activating the chapter.  In the mean time, if you have any ideas for getting the chapter more active, please e-mail me directly with your thoughts at

Well, I wanted to keep this short but wanted to send a few thoughts about or annual meeting and the board's plans for the future.  Come back to check out new additions of my presidential notes as I plan on putting some new notes to our website on a monthly basis.  I continue to find it a privilege and pleasure to serve as your chapter president.  Please feel free to e-mail me your thoughts and ideas or share them with the board as you see fit.

Have a good fall and we'll see you at the long-range planning meeting.

James Tammaro, Beta Delta President

2016-2017 Executive Board

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Beta Delta Executive Board!  Many of the board are returning for their third year.  The returning board is thrilled to welcome Sara Brown as a Director.

Sara is a 2015 graduate and recent BPM inductee now working as a librarian with the Baltimore County Public Library. There, she focuses on outreach and programming and is especially interested in public libraries as non-commercial community gathering spaces. She is enthusiastic about our chapter’s potential and would love to be a part of helping us serve our members and the profession!

For those who considered running in 2016 but demurred, please do consider a run again in 2017.  This organization is only viable so long as members take an active service interest.

The current Executive Board can be viewed here:

The board history can be viewed here:

If you have information about past Executive Board members, please email Esther Jackson, Beta Delta Front End Developer .

2016 Annual Meeting

September 8, 2016

Dear Beta Delta Members:

The Beta Delta Chapter of Beta Phi Mu will be holding our 2016 Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 20th at 7:00 PM in Baldy 553 on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo.

In response to the input received from our recent survey of the membership, we have made arrangements to have members not located in the Western New York (WNY) region attend the meeting via Skype. So, even if you’re not located in the WNY area, you can still be part of this meeting!

If you wish to participate in the meeting via Skype, please e-mail your Skype information to Brenda Battleson White at If you plan to attend in person, please email Brenda as well, to ensure that we have a large enough room for the meeting.

The meeting will feature the announcement of the election results for chapter board officers for 2017. We will also review the results of the recent membership survey we conducted and discuss some exciting plans for the coming year.

The Chapter Board is working hard to establish a dynamic and exciting chapter but we can’t do that without you so we hope you can attend and participate in this meeting on October 20th.

Jim Tammaro
President, Beta Phi Mu – Beta Delta Chapter

Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the recent survey sent to BPM membership.  We got great responses, and hope to use the feedback to plan for future events and to encourage other BPM members to serve on the eboard!  Here, in brief, are some of the survey results.

  • Nearly 75% of respondents indicated some interest in collaborating with other Beta Phi Mu members
  • Email was a clear winner for communications with 96.55% of members asking for this type of communication
  • 29 members responded; 27 updated their contact info
  • Top three topics of research topics included technology, information literacy instruction, and budget/money-saving strategies
  • Top three professional development requests were networking/mentorship, speakers and skill shares
  • Top three initiative for BPM were virtual skill-shares, speaker series, and librarians helping librarians on special projects
  • Goals for 2017
  • Board will look into hosting 1 speaker, 1-2 workshops/skill-shares, and organizing a get-together at NYLA for New York State Beta Phi Mu members
  • For networking purposes, the field of librarianship each member works in will be added to the membership list

If you are interested in serving on the eboard, please contact the board.  Instructions can be found here.

Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations

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. Because of a change to a calendar fiscal year, we did not hold elections in 2015, so if at all possible, at least one director should be nominated from the most recent 2 classes of inductees (2014 and 2015).

In view of the above, nominations will accepted until Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 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 Sept. 26, 2016 through Oct. 10, 2016 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.

Given our recent survey of the membership and the valuable feedback you have provided, the Beta Delta Chapter of Beta Phi Mu is looking to accomplish a great deal in the coming year. The NominationsCommittee 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 by the Sept. 22nd  deadline.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Brenda at the email provided.

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:

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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