Presidential News and Notes – February 2017

SUNY Buffalo Chapter of Beta Phi Mu

Presidential News and Notes

By Jim Tammaro, Chapter President


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:



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:



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 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

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.


Presidential News and Notes – June 2015

Next Chapter Board Meeting – The next meeting of the Chapter’s Board of Officers will be held Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00 PM in Baldy 594 on the Amherst Campus. Anyone is welcome to attend. If you have any issues you would like brought up at the meeting, please contact one of your Chapter Officers. 

Save the date for the annual meeting and Induction Ceremony – The Chapter’s Annual Meeting and Induction Ceremony will be in the form of a reception and be held on Monday, October 5th at 7:00 PM in Baldy 553 on the Amherst Campus. The Board is in the process of working with the on-campus catering services to determine the food and beverages that will be offered at the reception. We hope to see you there!

Proposals for Amending the Chapter By-laws To Be Voted on Soon – At its last meeting the Chapter’s Board discussed amending the Chapter’s by-laws to reflect some necessary changes needed with the by-laws. In connection with this matter, the Board will be sending out to the membership a copy of the original bylaws along with the proposed amendments for the memberships review. Then, on Monday, August 24th a Survey Monkey site will be sent to the membership to be used by the membership to vote on the proposed changes in the bylaws.

Presidential News and Notes – March 2015

  • The LIS Chapter held a board meeting on January 13th. During the course of the meeting a number of items were discussed. Some of the more important issues were:
    • The board approved the final draft of the Chapter’s Officer Position Descriptions which provides detailed information about the responsibilities of each Board position. The document can be found on our website.
  • The board approved the final draft of the proposed bylaw changes which will go to the chapter membership for a vote in the near future.
  • The board discussed the process for the selection of new inductees into the Chapter.
  • The board set the date for the Chapter’s annual initiation banquet and annual meeting for Thursday, March 12th at 6:00 PM at the Protocol Restaurant on Transit Road in Williamsville. To make a reservation for the meeting, contact me at or Brenda Battleson at
  • The board decided the Chapter would co-sponsor The Bobinski Lecture featuring Dr. David Weinberg on March 10th at the Buffalo History Museum.
  • The chapter will be holding elections for new officers to the board this summer or fall so if you are a member in good standing with the Chapter and you’d like to get more involved with our Chapter operations, think about running for a Chapter Office!
  • The Chapter Board is still interested in having the Chapter carry out one or two service-related projects over the coming year. So, if you’ve got an idea for a project the Chapter could carry out or assist with, please contact me at