2020 Bobinski Lecture – Save the Date!

The UB Information Science Department's annual Bobinski Lecture will be held Wed. April 1, 2020. Speaker Emily Drabinski will present "Critical Librarianship and the Problem of Empire" . You can find more detailed information as well as registration information here.
BPM has always been supportive of this event, so if you live in the Buffalo area and would like to volunteer to help out, please contact Brenda Battleson White (blb@buffalo.edu).

Welcome 2019 Initiates!

I'd like to welcome our new initiates from the 2019 graduating class: Rebekah E. Burke, Christine S. Fena, Gina Nortonsmith and  Kelly Cheverko Palmese. Congratulations on your stellar academic work and dedication to the profession. WELCOME!

Beta Phi Mu Board Meeting – December 11th at 7:00 PM in Baldy 553

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 (jmtmls@gmail.com) if you plan to attend remotely.

An agenda and past minutes will be circulated prior to the meeting.

Service opportunity from Wikipedia to promote Open Access Week, #openaccess, #OAwiki

From Jake Orlowitz, Wikipedia Library:

It's #openaccess week and The Wikipedia Library is taking part with a viral, microcontribution campaign called #OAwiki.

The idea is simple: go to the web app OAbot, review a citation with a closed access (paywalled) link, check the suggested open citation, and add the open link to the citation if it's a good fit.

This makes every citation on Wikipedia easier to access, read, and verify!
I'd love it if you would try out http://oabot.org.



Also if you could share in your networks and say something nice about it this week, we can push #openaccess even further!

2017-2018 Board

Greetings, everyone!

I am pleased to announce the election results for the 2018 UB Beta Phi Mu Board.

President: Carolyn Klotzbach

Vice-President: Kelly Sallander

Secretary/Treasurer: Brenda Battleson White

Director: Catherine Dillon

The current board and newly elected board will have a brief meeting in Dec. to pass the reigns and to induct new members from the 2016 graduating year.

Many thanks for your participation.



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. 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 blb@buffalo.edu by the Sept. 22nd  deadline.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Upcoming chapter meeting

Please consider promoting this meeting using this flyer: Flyer Download (Microsoft Word Document)


Beta Phi Mu - Beta Delta Chapter at SUNY Buffalo

Chapter Meeting

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 jtmmls@gmail.com

Save the Date! Next Chapter Meeting: Information Literacy Instruction

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.