Bylaws -- Summary of Changes 06/1998


A Summary of the Major Differences in the Proposed Bylaws Changes

  1. Membership.

    1. It is clear that the consortium is an organization of libraries, not librarians. Article V, Section 1

    2. Standards for membership were expanded and more precisely defined.The most noteworthy difference being a requirement for electronic networking capabilities.

    3. A new category of participation, Associates, was created. Article V, Section 2. These are the individual staff members of the libraries. The word associates was chosen because there was constant confusion between institutional members and individual members.

  2. Governance.

    1. Leadership of the consortium was clearly put in the hands of the library directors by making them all members of the Governing Board. Article VI, Sec. 1, B, 1.

    2. Input from the rank and file was kept by having 5 members of the Governing Board be non-directors.

    3. The Executive Committee was reformed as the officers of the Governing Board, not a separate entity as it currently stands. It was increased to include the 4 chairs of the Standing Committees. Article VI, Sec. 1, F

    4. The office of Secretary was created. Article VI, Sec. 4, D

  3. Committees Article VII

    1. The current standing committees were restructured under four new committees:

      • Programs Committee
      • Collective Purchasing Committee
      • Networked Resources Committee
      • Materials Delivery Committee

    2. The chairs will be elected by the 20 libraries.

    3. The general membership of the committees will come from a volunteer pool, maintained by the Executive Committee.

    4. The Audit Committee was eliminated and the responsibility for arranging an audit given to the Governing Board. This became necessary because of the bonding of our Treasurer and size of our treasury.

  4. Special Interest Groups

    1. SIGs were eliminated and replaced with Discussion Groups. Article VIII

    2. A much more informal structure was created with the ability for these groups to still obtain funds to conduct programs, workshops, etc.

  5. Business Meetings.

    1. Business meetings are eliminated because the Governing Board conducts the business of the consortium. Member Forums were created (Article X, Sec. 4) in their place for the exchange of ideas on the policies, programs, and direction of the ACLCP.