Over 35,000 graduates of accredited library and information studies programs in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have been initiated into Beta Phi Mu.
Regular membership, including the privileges of voting, holding office, and chapter affiliation, is extended by invitation 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, all other programs offered under the direction of the same faculty, and who fulfill the following requirements:
- 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 beyond the master’s degree which require full time study for one or more academic years with a scholastic average of 3.75 where A equals 4.0.
Each chapter is allowed to invite no more than twenty-five percent of the annual graduating class. Invitations to membership are based upon academic eligibility and a faculty assessment of candidates’ professional leadership potential. There is not an application process and there is no time limit for acceptance of invitation.
Programs currently approved by the Beta Phi Mu Executive Board as eligible for electing new members are:
Those accredited by the
American Library Association (ALA)
Those recognized by the
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
(Please note that the AASL is a division of ALA, and all AASL-recognized programs also have Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation [CAEP, formerly NCATE] accreditation.)
The following non-U.S. programs and institutions with formal accreditation processes which are recognized by the American Library Association:
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
Library Association – Ireland (LA – Ireland)
Australian Library & Information Association (ALIA)
Berlin School of Library and Information Science (Institut für Bibliotheks und Informationswissenschaft) Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany)
Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA)
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
(For further information, see the ALA’s Foreign Credentials Evaluation Assistance page.)