Beta Phi Mu Award

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The Beta Phi Mu Award is an annual award to a library school faculty member or to an individual for distinguished service to education for librarianship. The first award was made in 1954 to Rudolph Hjalmar Gjelsness, Dean of the University of Michigan's Library Science Department from 1940 to 1964. The Award is sponsored by the International Honorary Society, Beta Phi Mu.

Rudolph Hjalmar Gjelsness-First Beta Phi Mu Award in 1954
The printer's mark of Aldus Manutius, the dolphin and anchor seen here on a 1558 title page, serves as the insignia of Beta Phi Mu.

Prominent Leaders in the field of Librarianship include those who were selected for the Beta Phi Mu Award.[1]

Beta Phi Mu (ΒΦΜ or βφμ) 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. The motto, "Aliis inserviendo consumor," meaning “Consumed in the service of others” was selected by the founders based on the concept of 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 an American Library Association accredited professional degree program.

Award Recipients[edit]


  • 2021. Marcia Rapchak. School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh. [2]
  • 2020. John M. Budd. University of Missouri. [3]


Clara Chu. 2018 Beta Phi Mu
  • 2019. Mirah J. Dow. Emporia State University.
  • 2018. Clara Chu, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign[4]
  • 2017. Em Claire Knowles, Simmons College, School of Library and Information Science
  • 2016. Annabel K.Stephens, University of Southern Mississippi
  • 2015. Beverly P. Lynch, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2014. Beth M. Paskoff, Louisiana State University.
  • 2013. Elizabeth Aversa, University of Alabama
  • 2012. Mary Wagner, St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn.
  • 2011. Lesley S.J. Farmer, California State University Long Beach
  • 2010. Ken Haycock Ph.D., San Jose State University


  • 2009. C. James Schmidt, San Jose State University, CA.[5]
  • 2008. Ching-chih Chen, Simmons College, Boston [6]
  • 2007. Barbara Immroth, University of Texas-Austin [7]
  • 2006. Lois Mai Chan, University of Kentucky [8]
  • 2005. Lynn Akin, Texas Woman's University
  • 2004. Linda C. Smith, University of Illinois [9]
  • 2003. Kathleen de la Peña McCook, Louisiana State University, University of South Florida.[10]
  • 2002. Leigh Stewart Estabrook, University of Illinois[11]
  • 2001. Lotsee Patterson, University of Oklahoma [12]
  • 2000. Shirley Fitzgibbons, Indiana University


  • 1999. D. W. Krummel, University of Illinois [13]
  • 1998. Elizabeth W. Stone, Catholic University
  • 1997. Charles Bunge, University of Wisconsin
  • 1996. Robert N. Broadus, Northern Illinois University
  • 1995. Elizabeth Futas, University of Rhode Island
  • 1994. Jane B. Robbins, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1993. Kathryn Luther Henderson, University of Illinois
  • 1992. Guy Garrison, Drexel University
  • 1991. Edward G. Holley, University of North Carolina [14]
  • 1990. Robert D. Stueart, Simmons College, Boston


  • 1989. Charles D. Patterson, Louisiana State University
  • 1988. Samuel Rothstein, University of British Columbia (first Canadian to hold Ph.D. in Librarianship)
  • 1987. Sarah K. Vann, University of Hawaii
  • 1986. Agnes Lytton Reagan, ALA Accreditation Officer
  • 1985. Robert M. Hayes, University of California Los Angeles
  • 1984. Jane Anne Hannigan, Columbia University, Rutgers University
  • 1983. J. Periam Danton, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1982. David K. Berninghausen, University of Minnesota
  • 1981. Haynes McMullen, University of North Carolina at Chapel
  • 1980. Virginia Lacy Jones, Atlanta University


  • 1979. Conrad Rawski, Case Western Reserve. University
  • 1978. Frances E. Henne, Columbia University
  • 1977. Russell E. Bidlack, University of Michigan
  • 1976. Carolyn Whitenack, Purdue University
  • 1975. Kenneth R. Shaffer, Simmons College
  • 1974. Martha Boaz, University of Southern California
  • 1973. Lester Asheim, University of Chicago, University of North Carolina
  • 1972. Margaret E. Monroe, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1971. Leon Carnovsky University of Chicago
  • 1970. Raynard C. Swank, University of California Berkeley




  1. ^ George S. Bobinski (2007) Libraries and Librarianship: Sixty Years of Challenge and Change, 1945-2005, pp. 129-146. Scarecrow Press
  2. ^ Dr. Marcia Rapchak receives Beta Phi Mu Award ALA News, April 27, 2021.
  3. ^ Dr. John M. Budd, wins Beta Phi Mu Award ALA News, June 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Malden, Cheryl (2018-05-22). "Dr. Clara M. Chu wins Beta Phi Mu Award". ALA News and Press Center. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  5. ^ C. James Schmidt. 1975. Librarians with the doctorate a survey of selected attitudes and opinions. Thesis--Florida State.
  6. ^ Chen, Ching-chin. 1995. Planning global information infrastructure. Norwood, NJ: Ablex Pub. Corp.
  7. ^ Immroth, Barbara Froling, and Viki Ash-Geisler. 1995. Achieving school readiness: public libraries and national education goal no. 1 : with a "Prototype of public library services for young children and their families". Chicago: American Library Association.
  8. ^ Chan, Lois Mai 1999. A guide to the Library of Congress classification. Englewood, Colo: Libraries Unlimited.
  9. ^ Linda C. Smith, and Myke Gluck. 1996. Geographic information systems and libraries: patrons, maps, and spatial information. [Urbana]: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  10. ^ McCook, Kathleen de la Peña. 2000. A place at the table: participating in community building. Chicago: American Library Association.
  11. ^ Estabrook, Leigh. 1977. Libraries in post-industrial society. Phoenix, [Ariz.]: Oryx Press.
  12. ^ Patterson, Lotsee. 1986. TRAILS, Training and Assistance for Indian Library Services: School of Library and Information Studies, the University of Oklahoma : September 10, 1985--January 10, 1987. Norman, Okla: The School.
  13. ^ Krummel, Donald William. 1984. Bibliographies, their aims and methods. London: Mansell.
  14. ^ Holley, Edward G. 1963. Charles Evans: American bibliographer. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.