The Polls are Open:

Beta Phi Mu 2021 Election

Beta Phil Mu members are invited to participate in the 2021 Election! We’ll be electing a new Vice President/President Elect and three new directors/director-at-large, as well as approving or rejecting proposed BPM by-laws changes.

Complete biographical statements for all candidates may be found here:

You can see the full text and modifications of all proposed by-laws changes on the Beta Phi Mu website here.

You can vote here

Polls will remain open until Wednesday, June 30th.

2021 Spring Executive Committee Meeting

The Beta Epsilon Chapter executive committee held their spring 2021 meeting on April 6 via Zoom. While we enjoy time together in the same physical space, we used video conferencing to keep our chapter active and productive during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For years, we have used Zoom to engage members across the U. S. in initiation ceremonies, projects, meetings, and programs. Our annual meeting and program have been scheduled to be held face to face, in conjunction with the upcoming Kansas Library Association conference.

Beta Epsilon acknowledges and tributes Beta Phi Mu’s affiliation “honoring service, commitment, recognizing scholastic achievement and leadership” providing resources, and allowing others to make informed decisions.

Membership has its Benefits

Professional organizations offer many benefits to their members. Staying connected to peers at a local or national level can result in active, informed members who have a broad understanding of the challenges of a profession as a whole.

Beta Phi Mu members have many opportunities available to them for personal, educational, or professional development. This is a quick look at a few of them.

Recognition– Your membership to Beta Phi Mu identifies you as a Library and Information Science graduate with high academic achievement. You have been recognized by your faculty for your leadership potential and future contributions to the profession.

Leadership opportunities– And speaking of leadership–opportunities to lead exist within the organization on both a local and the international level. Contact Beta Phi Mu Headquarters at or let Beta Epsilon know about your availability by leaving a comment below.

Service– Opportunities to serve are also available– committees, or serving as an officer come to mind. This link will take you to a page listing committee descriptions. Making a contribution is a great service. To support Beta Phi Mu or one of the sponsored scholarships begin here.

Scholarships– Beta Phi Mu members may be eligible for scholarships and awards: the Harold Lancour Foreign Research Fellowship, for a librarian conducting research outside of Canada/USA, and the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships, for doctoral students who are working on their dissertations in LIS and related fields.

The Frank B. Sessa Scholarship for Continuing Education, which is exclusively for Beta Phi Mu members, annually provides ten scholarships of $150 each. Read more at the Beta Phi Mu Scholarship page.

DiscountsScholar Series Books are discounted 20% for Beta Phi Mu members. And continuing education at Library Juice Academy is also discounted with a code available from Beta Phi Mu’s headquarters.

Voting rights– A privilege of membership in Beta Phi Mu is the ability to vote on proposed officers and changes in by-laws. These elections take place in both the local and the national level. Your voice is important.

Click on the links to learn more about Beta Phi Mu or Beta Epsilon chapter. Or leave a comment– we hope to hear from you soon!

Fall BPM Program Announced

The Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu looks forward to the Kansas Library Association Big Think Virtual Conference on Thursday, October 29.

We announce our Fall Program scheduled for 4pm.  Everyone is invited!

“Celebrating Fifty Years of Kansas Talking Books”

Director Michael Lang

 featuring Director Michael Lang

Kansas Talking Books Director Michael Lang reflects on this fifty-year milestone and introduces the vision for the program’s future. He will provide details about this free library program that offers more than 100,000 accessible audio books and reading materials for Kansans with visual impairments,  physical impairments, and other print disabilities.  Audience members will learn more about the program and be given the chance to ask questions.   Lang will discuss  challenges, successes, and suggestions for raising awareness about this State Library of Kansas service.

2019-20 Beta Epsilon Chapter Exec Committee

Traditionally, at the start of a new academic year, Beta Epsilon Chapter Executive Board provides a sweet treat as a token of our appreciation for the support of Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) faculty.  In particular, we’re grateful for the time they spend selecting and recommending nominations for membership in Beta Phi Mu, the international honor society for library and information studies.   In a year of virtual meetings though, we chose to send our greetings and best wishes for the upcoming academic year digitally.  We added a photo of our summer Zoom Meeting also. BPM Chapter executive Committee Aug 2020

It seems like a great time to identify and salute the 2019-20 Executive Committee members of Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu.  Here is the committee, starting at the top row and Left to Right:

Jan Brooks, immediate past president.  Interlibrary Loan Librarian for Johnson County Community College Library.

Dr. Mirah Dow, faculty advisor.  Professor, Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management.

Laura DeBaun, treasurer.  System Director, North East Kansas Library System (NEKLS).

Carmaine Ternes, president.  Retired Media Specialist at Emporia High School.  Researcher, Author, Presenter, Book Reviewer, and Volunteer.

Michael Lang, secretary.  Director of the State Library of Kansas Talking Book Service.

Amanda Harrison, vice-president and incoming president.  Librarian, McPherson KS School System.

So here we are– making plans for a Fall Beta Phi Mu Initiation Ceremony and additional informative program for Kansas Library Association’s 2020 Virtual Conference.  You’ll be seeing more of us and we hope you can join us virtually on October 29.


Lang is New KLAS Users’ Group Vice President

Micahel_LangCongratulations to Beta Epsilon’s Secretary, Michael Lang, Director of the State Library of Kansas Talking Book Service.  Lang was recently announced as KLAS Users’ Group Vice President for the 2020 – 2021 year.

The KLAS Users’ Community is a vibrant Users’ Group made up of librarians and staff of the over 85 libraries across the United States who use KLAS to serve their patrons.

Lang has been with Kansas Talking Books since 2015. Prior to that Michael worked in a small public library and in student services roles at various institutes of higher education in Kansas. He is a member of the KLAS Programming Committee and his local Friends of the Library board.

Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu congratulates Michael on his new duties and invites everyone to meet Michael when he presents “Celebrating Fifty Years of Kansas Talking Books” at the Kansas Library Association 2020 Virtual Conference.   The Conference takes place on October 29, 2020 and Michael’s program will be presented at 4 pm.  Watch for more information to come on both the conference and Lang’s presentation.

Time to Vote- you’ll recognize one of the candidates!

bpm-award-dow-cropA privilege of membership in Beta Phi Mu is the ability to vote on proposed officers and changes in by-laws.  This year, we want to make certain that you know that our very own faculty advisor, Dr. Mirah Dow is nominated and running for one of two available Director positions.

On the ballot, Mirah introduces herself and I’d like to share that with you here:

“I have introduced faculty and graduate students to BPM and disseminated invitations to new members. I serve as an ex officio member of the chapter’s executive committee that plans and hosts annual business meetings, special programs and events, and increases chapter visibility through state library conference exhibit booths and conference programs in Kansas and all the western U. S. states where SLIM delivers graduate education. I sincerely believe that BPM’s recognition of scholastic achievement and leadership potential are essential to continued excellence in the field of library and information science. If elected, I will enthusiastically do my best to work with others to promote BPM and further in-progress efforts to guide and support the organization’s future administrative functions, encourage and increase existing members’ participation and to welcome new BPM members.”

Voting is super-easy and takes place online.  Please follow the link by scrolling down on the BPM homepage ( to access the 2020 Ballot.  Thank you for voting and Go Mirah!


Congratulations are in order

We couldn’t be more excited to announce the successful defense of her dissertation research by our own Amanda Harrison!

Our congratulations to Ms. Amanda Harrison for her successful defense of dissertation research titled The Impact of the Network Society on the Professional Identity of Serbian Librarians. Amanda’s virtual presentation was to a large group on Monday, April 13, 2020, including members of the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, and members of the Serbian library community as well as members of the School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) faculty and community.

Amanda Harrison Dissertation Presentation (3)

Through SLIM at Emporia State University, Ms. Harrison had the opportunity to travel to Serbia in the fall of 2014 and the summer of 2018. Amanda’s original travel coincided with her first coursework in the Ph.D. program. It was at this time that Amanda became interested in international approaches to librarianship. Dissertation committee members are Dr. Andrew Smith, Chair, Associate Professor, ESU, School of Library and Information Management; Dr. Mirah Dow, Member, Professor, ESU, School of Library and Information Management, and Professor Alexkandra Vraneš, Member, Dean of the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, 3 Studenstski trg, Belgrade.

Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu adds our cheers and congratulations to Amanda for her hard work and successful defense of dissertation.  Amanda has served as our 2019-20 Vice-President and will serve as Beta Epsilon Chapter President 2020-21.  We are so proud!

Amanda Harrison Audience for Public Defense

2019 Fall BPM Program is LitUp

The 2019 Beta Phi Mu, Beta Epsilon Chapter, Fall program took place on October 25, 2019 at the Kansas Library Association Conference in Overland Park, KS.  BPM20195 (2)Chapter Vice-President, Amanda Harrison introduced the featured presenters, Emery Uhlig, and Sara Peterson-Davis.  Uhlig is the founder of LitUP: Books and Art for the Next Generation and Peterson-Davis is the Special Events Coordinator for Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, MO, the sponsoring library for the 2-year-old festival.

The program showcased the partnership between a teen with a passion for books and authors and a library’s collaboration to help make her conference dream a reality.  Having produced a second successful event in Independence, LitUP Conferences are now being planned in other parts of the country with Uhlig’s help and suggestions.  Audience members came away with ideas of challenges, successes, and suggestions for fundraising and raising awareness to help plan their own similar teen events. BPM20197 (2)

In the hour preceding the Conference Program, Beta Epsilon chapter President, Carmaine Ternes, conducted a business meeting and Initiation Ceremony for two new members.   A Treasurer’s report, minutes from our last meeting, a SLIM report from our current faculty sponsor, Dr. Andrew Smith, and a presidential report of the chapter’s past year activities were all included.

Beta Phi Mu recognizes the scholastic achievement and leadership potential of LIS graduates, and fosters the values of scholarship, leadership, and service in its members.

The Executive Committee of Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu extends a hearty congratulations and a welcome to all our 2019 new members.  We are proud of your accomplishments!


Join us at KLA Conference Oct 25

BPM Great ScrollMaking plans to attend the 2019 Kansas Library Association Conference Oct 23-25 in Overland Park, KS?  If so, please plan to attend ESU’s Beta Phi Mu, Beta Epsilon Chapter, new member initiation ceremony and annual business meeting 8:00am Friday, October 25.

Then join us for the 9:00am program “Reflecting on two years of Teen Leadership and Teen Literature through the LitUp Conference.”

For the past two years the LitUp Conference in Independence, Missouri, has showcased the creativity that is possible with one teen’s passion in the driver’s seat.  With an amazing lineup of authors, swag bags, poetry slams, and more, LitUp offers the best in teen programming.  Presenters Emery Uhlig, the founder of LitUp: Books and Art for the Next Generation Designed Specifically for and by Teenagers, and Sara Peterson-Davis, the Special Events Coordinator for Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, will share their collaborative experience. A panel discussion with these experts will be facilitated by Beta Phi Mu and will discuss challenges, successes, and suggestions for fundraising and raising awareness of these types of events.  Audience members will learn more about the program and be given the chance to ask questions of panelists during a Q & A period.