Bylaws: Article 3

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ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: Regular Membership
Membership in Beta Phi Mu, including the privileges of voting, holding office, and chapter affiliation shall be granted to candidates at any college or university 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, or candidates from any other library and information studies program offered under the direction of the same faculty, and who fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Either
    • Completion of ALL requirements leading to a master’s degree with a scholastic average of no lower than 3.75 where A equals 4.0
      OR
    • Completion of planned programs of advanced study that culminate in a degree beyond the master’s degree with a scholastic average of 3.75 were A equals 4.0.
  2. Recommendation by the faculty attesting to the candidate’s professional promise.
  3. Total eligible candidates from a program shall comprise no more than twenty-five (25) percent of the annual graduating class.
  4. Acceptance of invitation and payment of fees. There is no time limit for acceptance of invitation, but candidates must provide proof of invitation with payment of fees when accepting invitation to membership.

Section 2: Non US Members
With the approval of the Executive Board, membership may be granted to candidates of schools outside the United States and Canada who meet the same membership criteria as above.

Section 3: Membership with Chapter Affiliation
Active Beta Phi Mu chapters shall be asked to send annually, at a time agreed upon by the chapter, to the Executive Director of Beta Phi Mu, a list of candidates with contact information who have met the requirements for membership as specified in these Bylaws (Article III, Sec. 1). The chapter shall notify these persons of invitation to membership and of the next chapter meeting at which they may be initiated.

Section 4: Membership-at-Large
Where no Beta Phi Mu chapter exists, accredited programs shall be urged to send annually to the Executive Director of Beta Phi Mu a list of candidates with contact information who have met the requirements for regular membership as specified by these Bylaws (Article III, Sec. 1). Upon approval by the Executive Board, the Executive Director shall notify these persons of invitation to membership-at-large and of the next membership meeting at which they may be initiated.

Membership-at-large is subject to acceptance of invitation and payment of fees. There is no time limit for acceptance of invitation, but the candidate must provide proof of invitation with payment of fees when accepting invitation to membership.

Section 5: Honorary Membership
Persons elected to honorary membership shall have the privilege of attending all membership meetings of the Society. They may speak at meetings and on motions. They may not, however, propose motions, vote, hold office, or preside.

Nominations for honorary membership may be made to the Beta Phi Mu Executive Board by any regular member or by any chapter through its president. Each recommendation for honorary membership shall be addressed to the Executive Director of Beta Phi Mu and be accompanied by the nominee’s vita and a detailed letter of justification for the nomination.

Nominations for honorary membership require election by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board at any regularly called meeting provided that not less than two-thirds of the voting Board members are present, and provided that the members of the Board have received copies of relevant materials not less than two weeks before the meeting.

Deliberations for honorary membership shall be in the executive session with only the names of those receiving a positive vote being recorded in the Minutes.

Section 6: Honorary Chapter Membership
Chapters may elect persons to honorary membership in the chapter and may determine the criteria and process for such election as well as chapter privileges of honorary membership. Election to honorary Beta Phi Mu membership does not constitute election as to honorary Beta Phi Mu Membership at national level.

Section 7: Notification
Persons eligible for regular membership are invited by the chapter of the program which attests to their eligibility. Candidates without chapter affiliation will be invited to membership by the Executive Director of Beta Phi Mu at the direction of the Executive Board. Persons approved for honorary membership will be notified by the Executive Director at the direction of the Executive Board. Persons approved by chapters for honorary chapter membership will be notified by the nominating chapter.

Section 8: Initiation
All approved candidates for regular and honorary membership shall be initiated in accordance with procedures and ritual prescribed by the Executive Board or in the case of honorary chapter membership by the nominating chapter.