Join SLIM Beta Epsilon in LinkedIn

LinkedIn One of the goals that our executive committee has identified for this year is to communicate openly with larger numbers of our members.  We’d like to keep you informed about Beta Phi Mu and the projects that our chapter works on throughout the year.  Hopefully, you’ll feel more of a part of our initiatives and maybe join us whenever you have the opportunity.

For several years we’ve had a group on LinkedIn called SLIM Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu.  Because this is a place to interact with other professionals to share content or make new contacts, it seems like a good fit for our organization.  Recently, LinkedIn has redesigned the groups page.  Here’s a guide to help find us in LinkedIn:

  • Sign into your LinkedIn account.
  • Click the Work icon in the top right of your LinkedIn homepage and select Groups from the dropdown.
  • Click Discover at the top of the page to view suggested groups.  You can search for SLIM Beta Epsilon Chapter…
  • You can then request membership by clicking the Ask to join button under the group description.

I hope you’ll join us and then feel free to start a conversation.  I’ll be posting our activities throughout the upcoming year. So it’s a good page to catch up on our news or maybe find a SLIM classmate.

I’ll add the same caveat here which Beta Phi Mu has on their page:  “Participation as a member of this LinkedIn Group does not equate or guarantee official membership in Beta Epsilon Chapter (or National membership) in Beta Phi Mu, which is by invitation only.”   There, now I’ve said it.  🙂

I’d be happy to send you an invitation, if you would email me at

Hope we connect soon,
Jan Brooks, President
Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu



Beta Phi Mu, Beta Epsilon Chapter happily announces the executive officers for our 2017-18 year:

Jan_CPCJan Brooks, President, began serving Beta Phi Mu as the Vice-President from 2012-13 and then continued as Chapter President.  She’s been particularly interested in using social media to make Beta Phi Mu more visible to our membership.  Currently the Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park KS, Jan’s interests are resource sharing and information access.  As a result of library reorganization, Jan has enjoyed more time on the reference desk and the opportunity to teach a few library orientation classes.   She is a founding member of a Kansas City area special interest group for Interlibrary Loan librarians and staff and organized the first successful unconference for that group.

TernesCarmaine Ternes, Vice President, is a retired high school librarian and was a member of the planning committee for the Kansas Summer Institute for School Librarians for ten years. She also served as an AASL Learning4Life state coordinator. Ternes holds membership in several professional organizations, including ALA, AASL, YALSA, the Kansas Library Association (KLA), and the Kansas Association of School Librarians (KASL), where she served as president. She holds a master’s degree in library science from Emporia State University.

Twins (002)Michael Lang, Secretary, has been serving as Interim Director of the Kansas Talking Book Service in Emporia since April, where he oversees a program serving more than 4,200 Kansans, supplying them with books and magazines in audio and braille formats, and playback equipment. His life is very busy learning this new position and, along with his wife,  how to care for their first son, Otto (3.5 months old).   Otto is making a guest appearance today in Michael’s photo.  Prior to KTB, Michael worked at the Council Grove Public Library. He completed his MLS from ESU in 2014 and hopes to continue as Director of Talking Books into the future, becoming more involved in local and state library activities.

lauraLaura DeBaun, Treasurer, has worked at the Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS) since 1995, and became Director for the System in 2015.  This multi-type regional library system is composed of 14 counties in northeast Kansas, with 47 public libraries ranging from small one-person operations, to the libraries in Kansas City, Johnson County, Lawrence, and Topeka.   Nine (9) special libraries, fifty-one (51) school districts and fourteen (14) academic libraries complete the membership of NEKLS.  Prior to joining NEKLS, Laura spent 20 years as an owner, and financial manager, for a farm equipment dealership in Osage City, Kansas.  Laura was inducted into the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu in April 2003.

Kelly VisnakKelly Visnak, PhD, Past President, is associate university librarian for the University of Texas at Arlington where she is leading the Division of Scholarly Communications. Previously, she was a scholarly communication librarian for the University of Wyoming and prior to that she spent over a decade as director for Emporia State University’s master of library science distance program in Colorado. Her doctorate in library and information science is from Dominican University in Chicago. She is co-author of Libraries Partnering with Self-Publishing: A Winning Combination (2016) and Evolving Global Information Infrastructure and Information Transfer (2015).

mirah headDr. Mirah Dow, our faculty sponsor, is a professor and director of the Ph.D. Program at Emporia State University, School of Library and Information Management. She teaches in the Master of Library Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs.  She is currently co-principal investigator with Dr. Kenneth Thompson, ESU Department of Physical sciences, on an IMLS funded project, STEM-ALL.  This project provides scholarships for teachers of science, math, engineering, technology, and library and information science (teacher librarians) who are enrolled in the 4 courses (12 credit hour) of the new information, technology, and scientific literacy certificate. The first 24 students will finish this program in summer 2017.  Mirah was invited by Dr. Robert Grover to serve as faculty sponsor of ESU’s Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu soon after she can to SLIM in 1999.

Beta Phi Mu 2017 Election

BPMA privilege of membership in Beta Phi Mu is the ability to vote on proposed officers for Beta Phi Mu International.

So, calling all members!  — the polls are now open for our 2017 Election! We will be electing a new Vice President/President Elect, a new Treasurer, and a new Director-at-Large on this ballot! Polls will remain open until midnight, May 31st.

Visit: Beta Phi Mu News for more information and a link to the ballot!

New Member Intitiation plus Annual Business Meeting

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Topic: Beta Phi Mu, Beta Epsilon Chapter.

Annual Meeting and Initiation
Time: Thursday:  May 4, 2017
3:00 PM CDST

Available Online
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:


Beta Epsilon chapter of Beta Phi Mu announces our annual online business meeting will take place May 4, 2017 at 3:00pm CDT. The meeting is open to all Beta Phi Mu members.

Our agenda for the afternoon is posted here.  Minutes from the 2016 meeting may be accessed here.  During the business meeting, we will welcome and initiate those nominees who have been selected for Beta Phi Mu membership by faculty from the School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University.

Joining the meeting is easy.   You only need internet access.  Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
If you have questions about the program link, or joining the annual business meeting and initiation, please e-mail or call the SLIM TechCircle Support at 1-800-552-4770.

Consider BPM for an end-of-the-year scholarship donation-

Obpm_header_anchorne of the reasons that Beta Phi Mu exists is to encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students.  Our chapter participates by supporting and encouraging donations to the Sarah  R. Reed Beta Epsilon Chapter Scholarship. The scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded annually to outstanding Master of Library Science student(s) who demonstrate(s) scholarly achievement (a minimum 3.75 Grade Point Average and 1000 Graduate Record Examination score), academic and technical abilities, accomplishments, and professional promise.

If you are looking for a place to make an end-of-the-year donation, may we suggest that you consider the Sara R. Reed Scholarship?  Any amount is helpful and welcome.  The Emporia State University Foundation has made it pretty easy for us.  Here’s a link that takes you directly to the foundation page that is designated for Sarah R. Reed scholarship donations:  Sarah R Reed Beta Epsilon Chapter Beta Phi Mu Scholarship

When you’re ready to give, be sure to check that the designation is still correct.

Thank you and Happy Holidays from all of us!

Jan, Mirah, Heather, Laura, Kate, and Kelly
Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu Exec Committee-

Kansas Libraries Serve Communities with Equity, Dignity, and Respect


Our Panelists at the 2016 Kansas Library Conference rocked as they presented their own heart-felt stories of outreach to all patrons of their communities.

We’d like to take a moment and introduce you to each of our blue-ribbon panelists. Beginning from the left:

Christine Peterson currently works for the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kansas. She has worked 21 years in libraries, the last four with her professional degree (ESU SLIM Alumni – 2012). As the Latino Services Outreach Librarian, she is dedicated to providing library information and service to Latinos and the Spanish speaking.

Kim Patton is the Youth Services Supervisor at the Kansas City, KS Public Library. She is currently serving on ALA Council and is the Past President of  the Young Adult Library Services Association and Past Chair of the Coretta Scott King Book Award Jury.

Sara Dixon is a Reference Librarian at Wichita Public Library.  Before that, she was the Director of Wellington Public Library, where she made it her mission to change the town’s perception of what a small town library could be.  She brings enthusiasm and passion to engaging library users of all ages, and often gets excited about off the wall programming ideas.

Stephanie Huff is the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Wichita Public Library. She took this position in 2015 after spending 15 years doing marketing for local television and several years doing PR for Friends of the Wichita Public Library where she was a board member. Stephanie is passionate about a new marketing initiative launched this year, “Transforming Together”, utilizing customers’ own experiences to help spread the word of the great work of Libraries.

bpm_kla2016Check back here next week for a link to each slide presentation.

Beta Phi Mu would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all our panelists for reminding us that we are on a mission–a mission to provide leadership for development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all!

-Jan Brooks, President
Beta Epsilon Chapter
Beta Phi Mu

Beta Phi Mu to Present Panel Discussion at 2016 Kansas Library Conference

Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu is pleased to announce our kla-logo_rgb-e1470147113684participation in the 2016 Kansas Library Conference with a Panel Discussion: Kansas Libraries Serve Communities with Equity, Dignity, and Respect.

A blue ribbon panel of Kansas librarians will share their contributions to transforming communities by creating programming in defiance of fear and ignorance. Join this session to be inspired by panelist’s examples. Celebrate the library profession’s commitment to communities and social justice. Once again, roll up your sleeves to help fulfill the ALA mission to provide leadership for development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Expect to be challenged and inspired by the stories and enthusiasm of our panelists as they discuss programs they use to understand and to reach their communities.   Beta Epsilon chapter is sponsored by Emporia State University, School of Library and Information Management.  We’re so pleased that SLIM is providing light refreshments for the session.

Join us Wednesday, October 19, at 2:00 pm in the Santa Fe Trail Room.  We’re excited to be part of the 2016 Kansas Library Conference!