Dr. Beverly Lynch wins Beta Phi Mu Award

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/12/2015


Cheryl Malden

Program Officer




CHICAGO – 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.

Over the length of her career, Lynch has consistently excelled as professor and leader. She 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. After serving on the board of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, Lynch was pivotal in the creation of the California Rare Book School in 2005 and worked with an Advisory Committee comprised of leaders in research libraries, rare books and manuscripts and antiquarian community. For the last 25 years, she has served as the director of the Senior Fellows Program at UCLA. The Senior Fellows Program is a three-week intensive program for senior level library academics that combines management, strategic thinking, theory and practice of current issues facing academic institutions and their libraries.

In 1985, Lynch was elected the 100th vice president/president-elect of the American Library Association. She has served on the Board of the Center for Research Libraries and was also the Executive Director of the Association of College & Research Libraries.

In 2009, Lynch received the American Library Association’s Joseph W. Lippincott Award and she was the recipient of the Melvin Dewey Award in 2012. Both of these honors were for her distinguished service to the library profession.

Lynch has 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 will be presented on Sunday, June 28th, at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

More information about the Beta Phi Mu Award including how to submit a nomination is available on the ALA website.