Save the Date: David Lankes to be BPM Fall Speaker

David Lankes, director of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science and recipient of the American Library Association’s 2016 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship, will be the Fall 2017 Beta Phi Mu Omicron speaker.

Wednesday, November 15 | 6 – 9pm
Rutgers University, Alexander Library
Scholarly Communications Center (4th Floor)

BPM Omicron members, students, and area librarians are welcome to attend this free event. At 6pm there will be a reception in the lobby outside the SCC before. The lecture start time will be posted closer to the fall.

This event, which also serves as an MI program colloquium, is co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Libraries, and SC&I Library and Information Science department.

2017 Annual Dinner, Meeting and Initiation

Beta Phi Mu’s Omicron Chapter held its annual spring dinner at the Rutgers Club on Wednesday, April 5 at 6pm. The dinner serves as the organization’s spring business meeting where we initiate new members, award scholarships to SC&I library science students, and elect our new slate of officers to the executive board. It is also our spring lecture. This year, John Budd, Professor Emeritus with the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri, gave the after-dinner lecture titled “What is Information?”

Of the 38 graduates who were invited to join Beta Phi Mu, 15 accepted the invitation:

  • Samantha Bremekamp
  • Amanda Chuong
  • Julia Cuddahy
  • Diana Floegel
  • Jennifer Goslee
  • Cynthia Mann Haiken
  • Tanya Marie Johnson
  • Samantha Kannegiser
  • Suzanne Kosempel
  • Maria Ortiz-Myers
  • Rachel Rawn
  • Kate Reid
  • Susan Stanziano
  • Joseph Vincze
  • Katie Wissel

The organization also elected its officers to the executive board for 2017-2018.

  • President: Melody Townley
  • Vice President/President-Elect: Barbara Burton
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Meaghan Darling
  • Past President: Jennifer Hunter

2017 Scholarship Winner

The Beta Phi Mu Omicron Chapter was delighted to award a $1,000 scholarship to Yi Deng at its annual dinner and meeting at the Rutgers Club on April 5, 2017. Yi has a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Cornell University and is pursing a degree in library science from Rutgers with a specialization in digital libraries and an expected graduation date of 2018. Yi also works as a subsidiary rights assistant for Columbia University Press where she works on author contract, foreign-language licensing, and is also helping with a company-wide initiative to transition data to new bibliographic databases and digitizing contract dating back to 1893. Upon graduation, Yi hopes to find a position in an academic library focusing on digital initiatives. Congratulations to Yi!

Apply for a 2017 Omicron Chapter Scholarship

Each year, the Omicron Chapter of Beta Phi Mu offers one or more scholarships to current students in the MI program who have distinguished themselves in their studies. In the past, these scholarships have been in the amount of $500 to $1,000 and have been presented at BΦM’s annual meeting in the spring.

  • Current Rutgers MI students who have completed 9 credits and are in good academic standing may apply.
  • Applications, including one letter of recommendation, are due on March 6, 2017. See the form for submission instructions.
  • You will be notified by March 15 about whether or not you have been selected.
  • Scholarships will be presented at the annual Beta Phi Mu spring dinner meeting, which will take place on April 5. You do not need to attend the dinner to accept the scholarship.

Download the 2017 scholarship application.

Fall Lecture

Please join us for the Fall Lecture on October 19!

BPM Fall Lecture Emily Drabinski

BPM Fall Lecture Emily Drabinski

2016 Beta Phi Mu Omicron Scholarship Application Now Available

Each year, the Omicron Chapter of Beta Phi Mu offers one or more scholarships to current students in the MI program who have distinguished themselves in their studies. In the past, these scholarships have been in the amount of $500 to $1,000 and have been presented at BΦM’s annual meeting in the spring.

  • Current Rutgers MI students who have completed 9 credits and are in good academic standing may apply.
  • Applications, including one letter of recommendation, are due on March 1, 2016. See the form for submission instructions.
  • You will be notified by March 15 about whether or not you have been selected.
  • Scholarships will be presented at the annual Beta Phi Mu spring dinner meeting, which will take place on April 5. You do not need to attend the dinner to accept the scholarship.

Download the application: BPM_ScholarshipApplication_2016

2015 Scholarship Application Now Available!

The Omicron Chapter of Beta Phi Mu is especially proud of its mission to provide scholarships for current Rutgers School of Communication and Information (SC&I) students who are pursuing the master’s degree in library and information science. In the past we have awarded scholarships from $500 to $1,000. This year’s scholarships will be presented at BΦM’s annual meeting/dinner on Tuesday, April 28th.

Please submit the 2015 Scholarship Application form by Friday, April 3, 2015, to Kate Rummel, preferably by email, at krummel AT lds DOT com. If necessary, mail may be addressed to Kate Rummel, Logical Design Solutions, 200 Park Ave, Ste. 210, Florham Park, NJ 07932. Best of luck!!

ΒΦΜ-Ο Needs Volunteers!

Beta Phi Mu Omicron chapter needs your help!

If you are interested in becoming an active part of  Omicron Chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the opportunity is now available! At our Annual Dinner on Tuesday, April 28th, we will be asking for volunteers to become Officers. We will be looking to fill THREE positions this year, so there ample opportunities for your participation.

Have a burning question about volunteering that you want answered now? Want to volunteer but can’t attend this year’s dinner? Please email Kate (krummel AT lds DOT com) and we will make sure you are able to get involved.