COVID-19 and Postponing the Annual Dinner

We regret to inform you that we have had to postpone this year’s annual dinner and initiation ceremony, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As soon as we have a new date for the dinner—most likely in fall 2020—we will let you know.

In the meantime, you can still send checks for membership dues and for scholarship donations. It is also okay to wait until the rescheduled event to submit your membership dues.

If you have already mailed us a check which includes money for the annual dinner, we will be in touch with you about how to proceed.

As ever, please don’t hesitate to contact the BPMO board through email, through the blog, or through the Facebook group.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Annual Meeting: 2020 Date Announced!

Mark your calendars! This year’s dinner and annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, 2020—at the Rutger’s Club.

We’ll be sending out more information about the venue in the Annual Newsletter.

BPMO Special Election: Vice President

The Omicron Chapter of Beta Phi Mu is holding a special election to fill the position of Vice President. The term for the position is effective February 1, 2020 through the annual Spring chapter meeting (date TBD), at which time the Vice President will take over the position and duties of President for one year.

Duties of the Vice President include:

  • Assist in maintaining the website
  • Assist in writing annual newsletter and updating membership/scholarship forms
  • Electronically receives scholarship applications; distributes applications to Board Members; organizes the voting/selection of recipients
  • Attend in-person and web-based Board Meetings to prepare for Spring meeting and annual newsletter

Nominations for the position should be emailed to chapter President Meaghan Darling by Friday, January 24. Members can self-nominate. Nominees and those voting must be members in good standing.

Special Election Timeline:

  • January 13 – Election Announcement and Nomination Period open
  • January 24 – Nomination Period closes
  • January 27 – Ballot sent to membership and electronic election begins
  • January 31 at 5pm – Election closes and results announced

Please consider volunteering for this service opportunity! Contact chapter President Meaghan Darling at meaghandarling AT gmail DOT com with any questions and/or to indicate your interest in having your name included on the ballot.


… with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich MLS, LEED AP.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Sustainability is now a core value of the library profession but what does that actually mean? Get in on the ground floor of one of the most important issues facing our local and global communities. From getting a better understanding of basic concepts such as “sustainable thinking” and the “triple bottom line” of sustainability to practical, applicable ideas currently happening in the field, this session will help prepare you to become a leader on the topic of sustainability in your career. If not you, then who?

December 5, 2019
7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (event will be live-streamed and videotaped)

Scholarly Communication Center (SCC) – Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Reception sponsored by RU Libraries 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.


Access Code: 791 898 839
Password: XVNHzZ2p

Questions? Contact Connie Pascal:

Open to the public – no RSVP required

2019 Annual Meeting & Dinner

This year, Beta Phi Mu Omicron has not one but three guest speakers: Dr. Marc Aronson, Dr. Minjie Chen, and Diana Floegel for our 2019 Annual Meeting & Dinner on Tuesday, April 16th. They will be talking about Dr. Aronson’s book on the Thai Cave Rescue and the research process behind it.

The Many Stories Behind the Thai Cave Rescue: How an International Team Recounted an International Event

The story of the youth soccer team trapped in a Thai cave was all over the news last summer. But in order to fully understand the events for his book Rising Water, Dr. Aronson worked with two Rutgers doctoral students, a team of Thai, Chinese, and Japanese readers, and conducted exclusive interviews with key divers and rescuers. What seemed like a survival tale turned out to be the triumph of internationalism, and a testimony to the importance of undocumented, stateless, refugees everywhere. Our speakers will describe the research and writing of Rising Water, and how the story changed as they explored it.

About the Speakers

Dr. Marc Aronson is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information in the Department of Library and Information Studies. He is an award-winning author of twenty-one non-fiction books for middle school, young adult, and adult readers. His current project is an exploration of how to share a full history of humankind. He teaches graduate courses on how to select library materials for young patrons and a course on international children’s literature which features a visit to the Bologna, Italy book fair. He is a dynamic and well-known speaker, editor, and publisher. Marc’s homepage says that he “believes that young people, especially pre-teens and teenagers, are smart, passionate, and capable of engaging with interesting ideas in interesting ways.”

Dr. Minjie Chen is a Metadata Librarian for non-Roman language materials at the Cotsen Children’s Library, a special collection of international children’s literature held by Princeton University Library. She is interested in children’s literature as an information source for young people, and has studied how the history of war and political turmoil are reflected in juvenile materials, as well as children’s books on sex education. Her next project examines disabilities as portrayed in Chinese children’s literature. As well as helping Marc connect with Princeton University student translators from Thailand, Minjie interviewed one of the Chinese volunteer organizations that were part of the international rescue efforts and passed questions, answers, and photos between Marc and the rescue team leader.

Diana Floegel is a second year Ph.D. student at Rutgers SC&I. Her research interests include how entertainment media interactions and creation serve as information practices for queer individuals, and social justice in information institutions. As Marc’s research assistant for Rising Waters, her job was to provide context for the rescue that more deeply engaged with social issues—including statelessness and religion—than the narrative provided by popular news outlets. This helped the team better understand the cultural and socio-historical circumstances surrounding the rescue and the people involved.

Annual Meeting: 2019 Date Announced!

Mark your calendars! This year’s dinner and annual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, 2019!

We’ll be sending out venue more information about the venue in the Annual Newsletter.


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!