2015 New Member Inductions and Librarian of the Year Award

Please join us as we induct our new members for 2015! Induction Ceremonies will be taking place at  UA SLIS Honors Day, 3 April at Gorgas Library, Tuscaloosa, AL, and at the Alabama Library Association Convention, 9 April at the Grand Hotel Marriott, Point Clear, AL.

In conjunction with our New Member Induction Ceremony, we will also be announcing our 2015 Librarian of the Year Award. You won’t want to miss this!

Hope to see you in the coming weeks!


Call for Nominations: Librarian of the Year

Do you know a stellar Alabama librarian? Would you like to honor them? Then follow this link to nominate them for the Beta Phi Mu Librarian of the Year Award!

Beta Phi Mu Librarian of the Year

Beta Phi Mu Scholarship Season is Open!!

Beta Phi Mu is offering 5 scholarships this year! They are accepting applications November 15, 2014 through March 15, 2015. Check them out!

Sarah Rebecca Reed
For beginning LIS studies at an ALA accredited school.
Frank B. Sessa – Continuing Education
For continuing education for a Beta Phi Mu member.
Harold Lancour – Foreign Study
For a librarian conducting foreign reserach.
Blanche E. Woolls – School Media
For beginning LIS studies with a concentration in School Library Media.
Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
For doctoral students who are working on their dissertations in LIS and related fields.

2014 Librarian of the Year: Pat Ryan

It is with great pleasure that we announce our 2014 Librarian of the Year, Patricia Ryan.

2014 Beta Kappa Chapter Librarian of the Year Pat Ryan

Past-President Carrie Steinmehl, Librarian of the Year Pat Ryan, and Current President Nancy DuPree at SLIS Honors Day, 4 April 2014.

Pat Ryan has been a mover and a shaker in Alabama public libraries for the past 30 years. She began her career at Hoover Public Library, but she is most known and loved for the work she has done with the organization Public Libraries in Jefferson County (formerly Jefferson County Library Cooperative). Through the cooperative, Pat has done some amazing things. Included in her nomination packet were personal stories from area library directors who told stories of Pat taking time to meet with them to consult on difficult decisions, accompanying them to board meetings, advising them in areas of uncertainty, and generally always being there if they needed her. Pat is a true friend to all the many libraries in Jefferson County.

Pat has been involved in grant writing and implementation, including the Gates Foundation Technology Initiative in 1998 which brought the first computers for patron access to Jefferson County, and two years of NEH Big Reads. Her nomination packet noted her dedication to grant writing and her endless energy for seeking funding and support for the cooperative as well as individual libraries.

While Pat has steadfastly assisted the libraries of Jefferson County her entire career, she is most beloved for the incredible job that she did in keeping the cooperative together and running during Jefferson County’s 2011 financial crisis. During this time, the county cut 100% of the cooperative’s funding (approximately 1 million dollars), and Pat Ryan FOUND A WAY to keep things running by shrewdly reorganizing things and seeking new funding sources. Pat was able to generate thousands of dollars in support  from patrons and corporate sponsors. In 2013, she was able to secure $101,000 in capitol funding for technology improvement for cooperative member libraries, and to sustain the automation system that the cooperative shares.

Pat, we honor you for your dedication to libraries and your passion for granting access to information to millions of people in the Public Libraries of Jefferson County! You are an inspiration to librarians and library school students all across our state. Congratulations!

Results of Beta Kappa Chapter Election

It is my pleasure to announce the election of some new officers for Beta Kappa Chapter!

  • Vice-President: James Gilbreath
  • Secretary: Karlie Johnson
  • Treasurer: Steven Gillis
  • Member-at-Large: Rebekkah Woods

I look forward to the privilege of serving with each of you, and I expect we will do some great work done in the coming year!


Call to Action

Are you a member of Beta Kappa Chapter? Have you considered serving on our executive committee?

Our chapter is growing and becoming more active every year, and we need YOU to help us! New officers mean new ideas and new energy for the chapter. Whether you are in a public, academic, special or school library, Beta Phi Mu is an awesome way to serve your state’s library community.

What does a Beta Phi Mu Beta Kappa Chapter executive committee member do, you ask? We meet 4 times a year to discuss chapter business. As an honors society, our primary mission is to find ways to honor librarians for the awesome work that they’re doing, so our primary function is to honor a librarian of the year in our state. We also try to nominate a librarian from our state for the national Beta Phi Mu award. There are several other, smaller projects that we work on each year, so there is plenty to do.

This year, Beta Kappa Chapter is holding elections for the positions of Secretary and Vice-President/President Elect.

Secretary: attends quarterly EC meetings, records and reports minutes, and is responsible for maintaining and managing the chapter’s official records. (2 year commitment)

Vice-President/President-Elect: attends quarterly meetings, works on special projects, assists in compiling nominations for state and national beta phi mu awards and works on special projects (6 year commitment- 2 years as vice president, 2 years as president, 2 years as past-president).

Elections will be held at our Annual meeting 24 April 2014 at 4 PM during the Alabama Library Association Convention. Nominations can be announced during the business meeting, or can be sent ahead of time to smwhitver@ua.edu or ndupree@bama.ua.edu.


See you in Huntsville!




Annual Meeting

Beta Kappa Chapter will be holding our annual meeting on 24 April 2014  at 4 PM during the Alabama Library Association Convention in Huntsville, AL (Please see the convention schedule for location details).

All members are encouraged to come and participate! We will be honoring our 2014 Librarian of the Year, electing a new Secretary and Vice-President, and discussing our intent to nominate someone for the national Beta Phi Mu award.

And, most importantly, we will be inducting our new members!

As usual, we will most likely convene our meeting and socialize for a while afterwards.

Please join us on the 24th! Our chapter wouldn’t be the same without you!