Beta Phi Mu, Beta Epsilon Chapter happily announces the executive officers for our 2017-18 year:
Jan 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.
Carmaine 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.
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.
Laura 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 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).
Dr. 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.