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Beta Phi Mu, the library and information science honor society, was founded at the University of Illinois in 1948 by a group of leading librarians and library educators. The first chapter consisted of 12 students and their 13 sponsors. Today Beta Phi Mu has grown to over 23,000 members and has chartered 56 chapters.

The insignia of Beta Phi Mu is the dolphin and anchor, mark of the Venetian printer AldusManutius. Not only did Aldus strive to create beautiful editions of the Greek and Latin Classics, but he dedicated his life to making his works accessible to many.

The Beta Kappa Chapter of Beta Phi Mu was organized at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama. It was installed into the national organization in November, 1975. Membership to Beta Kappa Chapter is gained through nomination from  faculty of  The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies. Please contact our current president Sara Whitver with any questions concerning membership.

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