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BYLAWS (Retired November 2010)


Article I. Name

Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Women’s Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

Article II. Purpose

Section 1. This section shall represent librarians and others who specialize or are otherwise professionally involved in the cross-disciplinary field of Women’s Studies. It may cooperate with other professional groups in regard to those aspects of library and information services that require special knowledge of Women’s Studies.

Section 2. The Women’s Studies Section has specific responsibilities
a) To discuss, promote, and support Women’s Studies collections and services in academic and research libraries
b) To foster the development of bibliographic instruction, liaison with faculty, and database searching in this cross-disciplinary field
c) To encourage cooperative collection development of and access to Women’s Studies materials
d) To foster cooperation among Women’s Studies librarians, scholars, students, and publishers
e) To work with other ALA groups to promote library and information services to women.

Article III. Membership

Section 1. Any member of the Association of College and Research Libraries may elect membership in the Women’s Studies Section. Every member has the right to vote and is eligible to hold office.

Article IV. Officers

Section 1. Officers. Elective officers of this Section shall be a chair, a vice-chair / chair-elect, the immediate past chair, a secretary, and two members-at-large who shall represent the membership.

Section 2. Terms. All officers shall serve for a term of one year except members-at-large who shall serve two year staggered terms. All terms begin at the adjournment of the annual conference.

Section 3. Vacancies. In case of a vacancy in the office of the chair, the vice-chair / chair-elect shall succeed to the office of the chair and shall continue in that office until the expiration of the term for which s/he was originally elected to serve as chair.

A vacancy in the office of vice-chair / chair-elect shall be filled by election. In case of a vacancy in the offices of the secretary or one of the members-at-large, a replacement will be appointed by the chair.

In case of vacancies in both the offices of chair and vice-chair / chair-elect, the Executive Committee shall elect one from their membership to act as chair until the next election.

Article V. Meetings

Section 1. Annual Meetings. The Section shall hold an annual business meeting at the time and place of the Annual Conference of the American Library Association.

Section 2. Quorum. Members of the Section present at an annual meeting shall constitute a quorum.

Article VI. Executive Committee

Section 1. Composition. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers and the chairs of standing committees.

Section 2. Powers and Duties. The Executive Committee shall conduct the business of the Section during the period between annual Section meetings.

Section 3. Meetings. Regular meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held at the time and place of the Annual and Midwinter Conferences of the American Library Association. Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the chair.

Section 4. Quorum. A majority of members shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Executive Committee.

Article VII. Committees

Section 1. Standing Committees. Standing committees to consider matters of concern to the Section that require continuity of attention may be authorized by the Section at the annual Section meeting. The size, name, purpose, membership, terms of membership, and chair of a standing committee shall be specified at the time of its authorization. The vice-chair / chair-elect shall appoint committee members to fill vacancies due to occur during her/his term as chair. Unexpected vacancies on a committee shall be filled by a special appointment made by the chair of the committee with approval of the chair of the Section. A standing committee may be discontinued by a majority vote of the members present and voting at an annual Section meeting.

Section 2. Special Committees. Special or ad hoc committees may be authorized as needed by the Executive Committee of the Section.

Article VIII. Nominations and Elections

Section 1. Nominations. The vice-chair / chair-elect of the Section, with the approval of the chair, shall appoint a Nominating Committee of at least three personal members of the Section. This committee shall choose a slate of at least two candidates for each office of the Section. Additional nominations may be made by petitions signed by no fewer than five Section members. All nominees must be members in good standing of the Section and must consent to candidacy in writing. All nominations shall be filed with both the Executive Director of ACRL and the secretary of the Section within the deadlines prescribed by ACRL.

Involvement in or commitment to the acquisition, organization, or use of Women’s Studies information sources should be considered in selecting nominees for office.

Section 2. Elections. Elections shall be conducted by mail ballot in accordance with the procedures and deadlines established by the American Library Association. For each office, the candidate receiving a plurality of votes cast shall be elected, and the results reported to the Executive Director of ACRL. In case of a tie vote, the successful candidate shall be determined by lot.

Article IX. Amendments

Section. 1 Proposals. Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed in writing to the membership of the Section by the Executive Committee, a committee appointed specifically for the purpose, or by any five members of the Section. Proposals shall be filed with the secretary at least three months before formal consideration.

Section 2. Notification. The secretary will arrange publication of the proposed amendments not less than one month before formal consideration.

Section 3. Voting. A plurality vote of the members present and voting at an annual meeting or casting ballots in a mail vote shall carry a proposed amendment.

Article X. General Provisions

Section 1. Wherever these Bylaws make no specific provisions, the organization of and procedures of the Section shall correspond to those set forth in the ACRL Constitution and Bylaws.

Section 2. These Bylaws and amendments thereto shall take effect upon approval.

Bylaws approved by ACRL Board, January, 1987
Bylaws on WSS ballot for approval, April, 1987
Revised Bylaws on WSS ballot for approval, April, 1991
Revised Bylaws approved by ballot, June, 1991

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