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.

SILS Fifth Annual Showcase


Information below via Pratt Institute
May 15, 5–7 PM

Opening Reception: 7–8 PM
This Fifth Annual Showcase highlights extraordinary student work from the School of Information and Library Science. The showcase includes presentations, lightning talks, posters, and digital posters.
For more information:

Pratt Manhattan Campus
144 West 14th Street, Sixth Floor
Reception will be held in Room 213

Sponsored by the School of Information and Library Science

If you are not a student or guest of a student, please use the following form to RSVP:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Librarians @ Pratt: A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon!

Librarians @ Pratt: A Wikipedia Edit-a-thon! hosted by Pratt SILSSA! with Beta-Phi-Mu Theta chapter

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Time: 2-5pm (Workshop from 2-2:45pm, Open editing 2:45-5pm)
Location: PMC, 6th Floor, Room 609

Participants: Open to Pratt Institute students, faculty, staff, and alumni

Take part in expanding the rich history of the SILS program and the Pratt Institute Libraries. We’ll be creating and editing pages about Pratt alumni, faculty, and staff who’ve made a significant contribution to the field of Library and Information Science. In addition we’ll write and create links to a page about the Pratt Institute Libraries.

Join us at 2pm for an editing workshop by Megan Wacha, Barnard Librarian and Pratt SILS alumna, followed by an afternoon of editing.

Space is limited.
Questions? Contact Gina Shelton:

For more information, view the Wikipedia event page:

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fall Lecture Announcement

Beta Phi Mu Theta Chapter proudly announces our Fall Lecture:

Deirdre Lawrence

Principal Librarian of the Brooklyn Museum

“The hybrid library: The challenges of being a steward of both a physical and digital art library”

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Pratt Manhattan Campus
144 West 14th Street

Room 213

Deirdre Lawrence has been the Principal Librarian at the Brooklyn Museum since 1983. She is a Pratt Alum, receiving her M.L.S. in 1979. At the Brooklyn Museum she has established the Museum Archives and implemented many projects to preserve and make the research collections accessible. Deirdre has overseen a major renovation project, the implementation of an online catalog, and several collaborative projects with other libraries and organizations. Pratt-SILS and the Brooklyn Museum have partnered on IMLS Grants from 2005 to present. 

Space is limited; please RSVP to by Monday October 13th.