Beta Phi Mu was founded in 1948 by a group of leading librarians and library educators to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students. Our name comes from the initials of the Greek words Bibliothekarios philax mathesis, meaning “librarians are the guardians of knowledge.” The motto, Aliis inserviendo consumor , meaning “Consumed in the service of others” was selected by the founders based on the concept of the dedication of librarians and other information professionals to the service of others. Eligibility for membership in Beta Phi Mu is by invitation of the faculty from institutions where the American Library Association, or other recognized accrediting agency approved by the Beta Phi Mu Executive Board, has accredited or recognized a professional degree program.

Beta Phi Mu Announces New Scholarly Publishing
Initiative with Rowman & Littlefield.
See the details here!


Beta Phi Mu welcomed four new members at its G-ALA during the American Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on Saturday,
June 28th, 2014!

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