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Beta Phi Mu: The International Library and Information Studies Honor Society

Beta Phi Mu, the library and information studies honor society, was founded at the University of Illinois in August, 1948, by a group of leading librarians and library educators to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students.

In 1969, Beta Phi Mu was formally admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies. In 1997, Beta Phi Mu became affiliated with the American Library Association.

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 has accredited a professional degree program, all other programs offered under the direction of the same faculty, and who fulfill the membership requirements.

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.

Emporia State University Beta Epsilon Chapter

The Beta Phi Mu chapter at the Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management, started in 1973, is known as “Beta Epsilon.” The purpose of this chapter is to recognize high scholarship in the study of librarianship, and to sponsor appropriate professional and scholarly projects.

Membership 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, and
  • 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 program may invite no more than thirty-five percent (35%) of the annual graduating class.



New lifetime membership fees of US$100 for domestic US addresses and US$115 for non-US addresses goes into effect on January 1, 2019. Please complete the membership form (pdf) and send it to the local chapter (Beta Epsilon) treasurer with your check.  Checks should be made payable to Beta Phi Mu with “national dues” in the memo field.

Chapter Membership Form:



Annual chapter dues for the Emporia State University, Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu are free for the first year. After that, chapter dues are $10 per year in March, or you may pay one time lifetime chapter dues of $100. Payment of the lifetime member dues can be made at any time. Checks should be made payable to Beta Phi Mu with “chapter dues” in the memo field.

All checks should be mailed to the Beta Epsilon Chapter Treasurer: 

Laura DeBaun, Director   

Northeast Kansas Library System

4317 W. 6th Street

Lawrence, KS 66049