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Pi Lambda Sigma was founded at Syracuse University in 1903, and holds the distinction of being the oldest library honor society in the United States. The chapter follows the motto of the Greek words Paideia, Logos and Sunophelimoi. These words bring together the best qualities of the profession – culture, the expression of thought, and service.

In 1959, Pi Lambda Sigma affiliated with Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society, to expand local efforts in the areas of library and information studies.

Thanks to all who joined us at our
63rd Annual Initiation & Member Celebration on May 11, 2024 at Syracuse University Libraries to welcome our new initiates and meet our honored guest, Ruth Colvin, founder of Literacy Volunteers of America.

We will post more photos in the coming weeks. We welcome photos from participants too! Please send your favorites to with your preferred attribution.

Catch up on our chapter activities: