ALA Beta Phi Mu Award: 2015

2015 Recipient


Dr. Beverly P. Lynch, professor, Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is the 2015 recipient of Beta Phi Mu Award. This award is given annually to a library school faculty member or to an individual for distinguished service to education for librarianship and consists of a gold-framed citation and $1,000 contributed by Beta Phi Mu, the library and information studies honor society.

“The 2015 Beta Phi Mu Award Jury chose to honor Beverly Lynch for her contributions to the field of library science education and for her broad spectrum of service to the library community,” said Nikhat J. Ghouse, jury chair.

Dr. Lynch is a senior faculty member in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA, where her teaching and research interests include complex organizations and change, measurement and evaluation of libraries and library services, libraries as organizations and academic and research university libraries. She has published a number of books and a significant number of articles on library education, systems of higher education and knowledge management.

Dr. Lynch is a past recipient of ALA’s Joseph W. Lippincott Award (2009) and the Melvin Dewey Award (2012). Dr. Lynch was elected the 100th vice president/president-elect of the American Library Association in 1985. She had a pivotal role in the creation of the California Rare Book School in 2005 and previously held positions as librarian and administrator at the libraries of Yale University, Marquette University and the University of Illinois Chicago.

Members of the 2015 Beta Phi Mu Award Jury are: Nikhat J. Ghouse, Chair, American University, Washington, D.C.; Heidi Blackburn, University of Nebraska Omaha; Roberto Carlos Delgadillo, University of California, Davis; Eli Gandour- Rood, University of Puget Sound; and Joyce C. Wright, Professor Emerita, from Champaign, Illinois.

The ALA Beta Phi Mu award was presented on Sunday, June 28th, at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.