Friday, February 5, 2016

Scholarships offered by Beta Phi Mu National

Beta Phi Mu offers five scholarships - check them out below! The application period ends on March 15, 2016.

1) The Sarah Rebecca Reed scholarship is for beginning LIS studies at an ALA accredited school.

2) The Blanche E. Woolls - School Media scholarship is for beginning LIS studies with a concentration in School Library Media.

3) The Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are for doctoral students who are working on their dissertations in LIS and related fields.

4) The Harold Lancour - Foreign Study scholarship is for a librarian conducting foreign research.

5) The Frank B. Sessa - Continuing Education scholarship is for continuing education for a Beta Phi Mu member.

        For more information on all of these, and for links to the applications, see: 

        Photos from Fall Lecture and Tour

        Beta Phi Mu Theta hosted a fabulous tour of the Stephen A. Schwarzman building of the New York Public Library (aka the library with the lions) as well as a lecture by Josh Hadro.

        Keith Glutting giving a tour of the New York Public Library's Astor Hall at the Main Branch.

        Keith Glutting giving a tour of the South Court area. The original foundation of the Croton Reservoir can be seen here.

        The tour moves to the third floor. This hallway is reserved for rotating exhibitions. The door in the back leads to the Berg Collection of English and American Literature

        Josh Hadro, Deputy Director of NYPL Labs, gives his lecture.

        Saturday, October 10, 2015

        Fall Lecture and Tour!

        Featuring Josh Hadro
        Deputy Director, NYPL Labs

        “The Second Generation Digital Library”

        When: Friday, October 30, 2015
        Tour of NYPL: 5:30 – 6:00 PM
        Lecture and reception: 6:00 – 8:30 PM

        Location: The New York Public Library
        Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
        Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
        Room 201

        As Deputy Director of The New York Public Library Labs, Josh supports the Digital Imaging Unit, the Metadata Services Unit, the Permissions and Reproductions unit, and the new Semantic Applications and Data Research program, while also coordinating NYPL’s digital content partnerships with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), HathiTrust Digital Library, Google Books, and others. 

        Josh holds a BA from Columbia University and an MSLIS from Pratt Institute. He also teaches at the Pratt Institute, and serves as an editorial board member of the open-access Weave Journal of Library User Experience. 
        Refreshments will be served. In honor of Halloween, a prize will be given for the best costume!

        Space is limited
        Please RSVP to betaphimutheta [at] gmail [dot] com by October 27th. 

        Suggested donation $5. 

        Download the flyer here!

        Friday, September 25, 2015

        Save the Date: Annual Fall Lecture

        Save the date for Friday, October 30th for Beta Phi Mu Theta's Annual Fall Lecture!

        We are pleased to announce that Josh Hadro, Deputy Director, NYPL Labs, Pratt alum, professor and a member of the Theta chapter, will be speaking on “The Second Generation Digital Library”, at the Stephen A. Schwartzman Building on October 30, 2015 in the evening.

        More details to come!

        Questions? Email us at betaphimutheta [at] gmail [dot] com

        Thursday, July 16, 2015

        Welcome New Beta Phi Mu Theta Initiates!

        We are happy to welcome our newest members to Pratt's Chapter of Beta Phi Mu! 
        Our initiation ceremony took place on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Pratt's Manhattan Campus.

        Dean Tula Giannini speaks to the new initiates and their friends and family
        Dean Tula Giannini

        Theta Chapter President Karen Erani

        Past-President and Current Vice President Alexandra Nader

        Chapter President Karen Erani

        New Initiates

        Theta Chapter Board and active members (from left): Gina Shelton, President Karen Erani, Staff Advisor Vinette Thomas, Vice President Alexandra Nader, Treasurer Jordan DeButts and Secretary Elizabeth Beller.

        New and Current Chapter Members

        Tuesday, June 30, 2015

        Beta Phi Mu Theta Alum at ALA Annual

        Jodi Shaw, a recent initiate of the Theta chapter, attended the Beta Phi Mu National G-ALA at ALA Annual on Saturday, June 27th in San Francisco. She was able to meet with the President of the
        International Library & Information Studies Honor Society Eileen Abels, Dean, SILS Simmons College.
        Dean Eileen Abels (left) with Jodi Shaw

        Monday, April 20, 2015

        Calling all Beta Phi Mu Theta Alumni!

        Please come join us for the Beta Phi Mu Initiation and High Tea which will be held on May 15, 2015 at Pratt Institute.
        Come and meet the new initiates and network with friends. Following the tea and initiation, you are invited to view the SILS Students Show, highlighting students’ posters and presentations on various topics from current classes, including several BPM initiates.
        If it is not possible for you to be present you may still donate to the Rhoda Garoogian Memorial Scholarship Fund.
        Details on the event and the scholarship fund are below.  

        RSVP To Beta Phi Mu by emailing info at bpmtheta dot org by May 6, 2015
         If you cannot attend after your RSVP has been submitted please let us know. 

        We look forward to hearing from you!
        Karen Erani
        President Beta Phi Mu

        Spring Initiation Event
        Friday, May 15th, 2015
        4-5pm   Beta Phi Mu Initiation Ceremony  and Tea (PMC room 213)
        5-7pm   Students Show at Pratt Manhattan (PMC 6th floor)
        7-9pm   Graduation Party at Pratt Manhattan (PMC room 213)
        Pratt Institute Manhattan Campus, Room 213
        144 West 14th
        New York, NY 10011
        L Train to 6 Ave or F/V Trains to 14th Street Walk a half block west.
        1/2/3 to 7th Ave Walk a half block east
        (Pay Parking is available across the street from Pratt)

        RSVP TO BETA PHI MU (info at bpmtheta dot org) by May 6, 2015
         If you cannot attend after your RSVP has been submitted please let us know.

        Member dues and donation may be paid via postal mail or at the event.
        Please make checks payable to Beta Phi Mu/Theta Chapter. You may pay at the event or send to: Treasurer, Beta Phi Mu - Theta Chapter c/o Pratt Institute/SILS
        144 West 14th Street, 6th Floor New York, NY 10011-7301.

        *The scholarship is given in remembrance of Rhoda Garoogian who served as
        Assistant Dean and later as Acting Dean (1989-1991) at a critical juncture
        in the program's history. Enrollment had dropped below 100 students and
        the School had been downgraded to a department. Library schools were
        closing nationwide at a rapid rate. In her brief two years, Rhoda doubled
        enrollment and reestablished SILS as a School. But Rhoda is most
        remembered for her many acts of kindness, accessibility, and dedication to
        students. Our Scholarship is given in her spirit that is so much a part of
        the SILS tradition.