Beta Phi Mu

Beta Phi Mu, the national library and information studies international honor society was founded at the University of Illinois in August 1948 by a group of leading librarians and educators. Aware of the notable achievements of honor societies in other professions they believed that such a society would have much to offer librarianship and library education. The first initiation was held in the spring of 1949, at the University of Illinois. GSLIS graduates in the top 25% of their graduating class are nominated to join Beta Phi Mu, and may join the national organization. Nominees are notified by the GSLIS office around the time of graduation.



The motto, Aliis inserviendo consumor, meaning "consumed in the service of others," was selected by the founders to reflect the dedication of librarians and other information professionals to service. In 1969 Beta Phi Mu was formally admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies.

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