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 blb@buffalo.edu. 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 blb@buffalo.edu 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: 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.

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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.

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