Alabama School Library Association

CONSTITUTION

Revised June 11, 2018


ARTICLE I. NAME AND AFFILIATION

Section 1. The name of the organization shall be the Alabama School Library

Association, hereby known as the Association.

Section 2.  The Association is and shall remain an affiliate of the American Library Association.


ARTICLE II. PURPOSES AND OBJECTIVES

The purposes and objectives of the Alabama School Library Association shall be

as follows:

  • To promote effective use of school library resources, spaces, and professional expertise.

  • To keep Alabama educators informed about emerging trends in library services and materials.

  • To recruit personnel and to encourage and promote professional growth.

  • To plan and conduct long range programs for the development and improvement of school libraries and librarianship and to cooperate with other organizations and agencies whose interests and purpose are similar to this organization.

  • To provide a framework for members to meet and advocate on state level as well as the district level.


ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.   Membership in this organization shall be five classes:  active, corporate, student,

honorary, and retired.

Section 2a.  Active members shall include school library personnel who are

directly engaged in education in Alabama and who are interested in furthering the

purposes and objectives of this organization.

Section 2b.   Active members shall be entitled to vote; to hold office; to serve on

committees and to receive any publications prepared or contracted for by this

organization.

Section 3a.   Corporate members shall include institutions, organizations,

governmental agencies, and business firms.

Section 3b.  Corporate members are entitled to all the rights and privileges of active

members, except that of voting and holding office.

Section 4a. Students enrolled in library media programs in colleges and universities

in Alabama are eligible for membership in this organization.

Section 4b.  Student members are entitled to all rights and privileges of active members.

Section 5a.  Honorary memberships may be extended to selected persons upon the

recommendation of the board of directors.

Section 5b.  Honorary members shall be entitled to all rights and privileges of active

members, except that of voting and holding office.

Section 6.  Retired members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of active

members, except that of holding office.


ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS

Section 1.  The officers of the association shall be a president, vice-

president/president-elect, secretary, and treasurer.

Section 2.  All officers shall be active members.

Section 3.  The president shall be a member the American Library Association (ALA) and the

American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The association shall pay the membership dues

of the president to ALA/AASL.

Section 4.  All officers shall be elected annually except for the treasurer, who shall be elected biennially.


Section 5.  Past presidents are not eligible for election for one year following the end of

the term on the board of directors. The secretary and treasurer can serve no more

that two consecutive terms.  


ARTICLE V. DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1.     President:  The president shall preside at all meetings of the

association and board of directors. The president shall develop an agenda for all

meetings. The president shall be prepared to sign checks for the association in an

emergency. The president shall appoint the following standing committees:

Alabama School Library Week, awards, scholarships, intellectual freedom, legislative advocacy,

membership, social media, nominating, and any ad hoc committees as deemed necessary.


Section 2.   Vice-president/president-elect: The vice-president/president-elect shall


serve in the absence of the president. The vice-president/president-elect shall coordinate the annual


conference and membership meeting of the association.

Section 3.  Secretary:  The secretary shall take minutes of all meetings of the association and the

board of directors and shall send minutes to the officers and the board of directors.

Section 4.   Treasurer:  The treasurer shall receive all dues, fees, and accept

contributions made to the association and shall pay all authorized bills. The treasurer

shall assist the president in preparation of an annual budget and provide a report for each meeting of the board of directors.


ARTICLE VI. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1a.   The board of directors shall consist of all elected officers, the immediate

past-president, and six members-at-large of the Association who shall be elected

from the general membership.

Section 1b.   An attempt shall be made to represent all levels of education and all

areas of the state in the election of six board members-at-large.

Section 2.   The president shall be chairman of the board of directors.

Section 3.   Members-at-large of the board of directors shall serve only one full term

and shall not be eligible for election for a year following the end of their term.


ARTICLE VII. ELECTION

Section 1.   The president shall appoint the nominating committee.

Section 2.   Officers and members-at-large of the board of directors shall be elected

at the annual membership meeting.

Section 3.  Terms of officers and members-at-large of the board of directors shall

begin immediately following the annual membership meeting.

Section 4.   In order to assure continuity of the business and welfare of the

Association, members of the board of directors will be elected for a two-year term on a rotating basis

instead of a three-year term.  


ARTICLE VIII. AMENDMENTS

Section 1.    The constitution may be amended at any general meeting by a vote of

two-thirds of the active members present, provided the proposed amendment has

been submitted to the membership thirty days prior to the vote.

Section 2.   The constitution may be amended by an electronic vote of two-thirds of the active

members voting, provided that the membership has been informed thirty days before the vote.


ARTICLE IX. BYLAWS

Section 1.  Details of the activities of the association shall be regulated by the bylaws.

Section 2.  The bylaws may be amended by a majority vote at any official meeting of the active members or via electronic vote, provided that the membership has been informed thirty days before the vote.


ARTICLE X. RULES OF ORDER

Section 1.   Robert's Rules of order, latest revision, shall be the governing authority in

matters not specifically dictated by the constitution and bylaws.


ARTICLE XI. DISSOLUTION

Section 1.   If this organization should cease to exist, the funds shall be placed in a

scholarship fund for Alabama school library media students administered by the American Library Association.

Adopted September 15, 1990

Amended June 11, 2018



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