Digital Libraries Round Table Bylaws




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ARTICLE I: Name

The name of this organization shall be the Digital Libraries Round Table (DLRT) of the Texas Library Association (TLA).

ARTICLE II: Purpose

The purpose of the DLRT shall be to promote interest in and provision of digital and data services by Texas academic, public, school, and special libraries and librarians. DLRT shall be concerned with numerous issues affecting digital library services, including standards and best practices; preservation, access, and copyright; collection development and assessment; and authentication, data security, and collaboration.

ARTICLE III: Membership

Any member of TLA may select membership in DLRT. Officers must be current members of TLA.

ARTICLE IV: Officers

Section 1. Officers

  1. The officers of DLRT shall be the Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, Councilor and Alternate Councilor, and Immediate Past-Chair. The Webmaster shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.
  2. These officers shall perform those duties usually attached to their offices and as set forth in the DLRT STANDING RULES, and shall perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Committee.

Section 2. Qualifications

Each officer must be a member in good standing of the Digital Libraries Round Table of the Texas Library Association.

Section 3. Terms of Office

Officers shall assume office immediately following the TLA Annual Conference and shall serve a term of one year or until a successor is elected. The Councilor and Alternate Councilor serve for three years or until a successor is elected.

Section 4. Vacancies

  1. If a vacancy occurs in the office of the Chair, the Chair-Elect shall become Chair for the remainder of that term and also serve the term to which the Chair-Elect had been elected.
  2. If a vacancy occurs in any of the other elected offices, the Chair, with the approval of the Executive Committee, shall fill the vacancy by appointment until the next general election.
  3. If a vacancy occurs in both the Chair and Chair-Elect positions, the President of TLA shall appoint a new Chair, who shall proceed as outlined above.
  4. If there is a vacancy in the Webmaster position, the Chair shall fill the vacancy by appointment for the remainder of the term.

ARTICLE V: Executive Committee

  1. The elected officers and the Immediate Past-Chair shall constitute the Executive Committee and shall administer the business of DLRT. The Webmaster shall serve as an ex-officio member of this committee.
  2. The Executive Committee shall meet at the TLA Annual Conference and the TLA Annual Assembly. Other meetings may be held as deemed necessary by the Chair or a majority of the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE VI: Nominations and Elections

Section 1. Nominating Committee

  1. The Nominating Committee shall consist of a total of three members. The Executive Committee, excluding the Chair and Immediate Past-Chair, shall select the Nominating Committee members.
  2. The Nominating Commitee shall present a slate of candidates for election to the DLRT membership. There shall be at least two candidates for the office of Councilor. Write-in candidates shall be allowed on the ballot.

Section 2. Elections

  1. Officers shall be elected by mail and/or electronic ballot.
  2. For each office, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected to that office. For the office of Councilor, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected Councilor; the candidate with the second highest number of votes shall become the Alternate Councilor. The membership shall be notified of the election results following the election.
  3. In the event of a tie vote for any office, a run-off election shall be held at the Annual Conference DLRT membership meeting.

ARTICLE VII: Committees

Section 1. Standing Committees

The DLRT standing committee is the Program Committee. It shall be chaired by the DLRT Chair and shall consist of the Chair-Elect and the Immediate Past-Chair, who shall serve as an ex-officio member of this committee.

Section 2. Special Committees

Committees, other than the Nominating Committee, may be created as needed by the Executive Committee or the Chair. The Chair shall appoint the members and designate the chair of each committee. The committees shall serve until their charges have been completed and reports have been accepted or until such time as the Executive Committee designates.

ARTICLE VIII: Meetings

Section 1. Regular Meetings.

Regular meetings shall be held annually in conjunction with the TLA Annual Conference and Annual Assembly. A quorum shall consist of the majority of the DLRT Executive Committee.

Section 2. Special Meetings.

Special meetings of the members may be called by the Executive Committee or by petition of not less than ten percent (10%) of the members having voting rights, such petition to be presented to the Executive Committee not less than sixty days before the proposed meeting; the Executive Committee shall then be responsible for calling the special meeting. Notice stating the place, day and hour of the special meeting and the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called shall be delivered to all group members not less than ten (10) nor more than fifty (50) days before the date of the meeting.

ARTICLE IX: Parliamentary Authority

The rules of procedure as stated in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revisedshall govern DLRT in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Bylaws and Standing Rules of TLA.

ARTICLE X: Amendments to the Bylaws

Bylaws may be adopted or amended at any general DLRT membership meeting by a majority vote of the members present and voting, provided such changes are consistent with the Bylaws and Standing Rules of TLA.

DLRT members shall be notified at least 60 days before the membership votes on proposed amendments to the bylaws.


History/Background of these bylaws:

  • The bylaws were drafted during the spring and summer of 2004. They were approved by the Digital Libraries Interest Group on July 11, 2004, at the TLA Annual Assembly.
  • The bylaws were approved, as amended, by the TLA Bylaws and Resolutions Committee on July 12, 2004.
  • The bylaws were adopted by the DLIG membership at the DLIG business meeting on April 5, 2005.
  • The bylaws were amended due to a change in status from Interest Group to Round Table. The addition of standing rules was also made at this time. The bylaws were approved by the TLA Bylaws and Resolutions Committee on August 30, 2006.
  • The bylaws were adopted by the DLIG membership at the DLIG business meeting on April 13, 2007.

 

Created on Mar 27, 2010 | Last updated April 17, 2013