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BYLAWS OF THE
Art. I. Name
SLAVIC AND EAST EUROPEAN SECTION
ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE AND RESEARCH LIBRARIES
The name of this organization shall be the Slavic and East European
Section (SEES) of the Association of College and Research Libraries
Art. II. Object
The Section shall represent those librarians and others in ACRL who
specialize or are otherwise professionally involved in the acquisition,
organization and use of information sources originating in or relating to
the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. This section
may cooperate with other professional groups in regard to those aspects of
library service that require special knowledge of sources from or
concerning Central Eurasia.
Art. III. Membership
Any member of ACRL may elect membership in SEES. Every member of this
section has the right to vote and is eligible for office.
Art. IV. Officers
Sec. 1. Officers -- The officers of
the Section shall be a chair, a vice-chair/chair-elect, the immediate past
chairperson, and a secretary.
Sec. 2. Duties -- The duties of the
chair, vice-chair/chair-elect and past chair shall conform with the
relevant provisions of the ACRL Guide to Policies and Procedures.
The secretary is an officer of the section and a member of its Executive
Committee. The secretary shall attend all meetings of the section's
committees, record their minutes, and publish the minutes in the section
Sec. 3. Terms -- All officers shall
serve for a term of one year, which ends at the adjournment of the annual
meeting, excepting the secretary, who serves a term of two years.
Sec. 4. Vacancies -- In the event
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 he or she was originally elected to
serve as chair. If the office of secretary becomes vacant, the chair
shall appoint a member of the section to that office. A vacancy in the
office of vice-chair/chair-elect shall be filled by the chair.
Art. V. Executive Committee
Sec. 1. Composition -- The
Executive Committee shall consist of the officers and chairs of standing
Sec. 2. Powers and duties -- The
Executive Committee shall conduct the business of the Section during the
periods between ALA meetings. At each of the ALA meetings the chair shall
report on the work of the Executive Committee, at which time that work
shall be subject to review by the Section membership.
Sec. 3. Meetings -- Regular meeting
of the Executive Committee shall be held at the times and places of ALA
Annual and Midwinter meetings. Special meetings may be called at the
discretion of the chair. Only members of the Executive Committee may vote
at the Executive Committee meetings, although all such meetings shall be
open to all members of the Section.
Sec. 4. Quorum -- A majority of
members constitutes a quorum at any meeting of the Executive
Art. VI. Other Committees
Sec. 1. Standing Committees --
Standing committees for considering matters of concern to SEES that
require continuity of attention may be authorized by the Executive
Committee at the annual section meeting. The size, name and purpose of a
standing committee shall be specified at the time of its authorization.
Members of a standing committee shall serve terms of two years each. A
member of a committee may be reappointed for a second term and a third
term, but no person shall serve more than six years on a single committee.
The vice-chair/chair-elect shall appoint committee members to fill the
vacancies due to occur during his or her term as chair. The
vice-chair/chair-elect shall also designate the chairpersons of all
committees which shall function during his or term as chair of the
Section. Unexpected vacancies on a committee shall be filled by a special
appointment made by the chair of the Section. A standing committee may be
discontinued by a majority vote of the members present and voting at an
annual Executive Committee meeting.
Sec. 2. Special (Ad Hoc) Committees
-- Special committees for the performance of particular assignments may be
appointed at any time by the chair after consultation with the other
members of the Executive Committee. Such special committees shall be
discontinued at the end of the term of the chair who appointed them unless
extended by the new chairperson. No special committee shall continue to
function for more than two years without authorization by the Executive
Art. VII. Discussion Groups
Informal discussion groups, to meet under the auspices of the Section at
the time and place of the annual or midwinter meetings of ALA, may be
formed by any five or more members of the Section with the approval of the
chair, within ALA/ACRL scheduling deadlines.
Art. VII. Meetings
Sec. 1. Annual meetings -- SEES
shall hold membership meetings at the time and place of the Annual
Conference of the American Library Association (ALA).
Sec. 2. Quorum -- Members of the
Section present at an annual meeting shall constitute an quorum.
Art. IX. Nominations and Elections
Sec. 1. Nominations -- The
vice-chair/chair-elect shall appoint a Nominating Committee of at least
three members, designating one member as Committee chair. No one may be a
member of the nominating Committee who is currently serving on the
Executive Committee. The Nominating Committee shall choose a slate of at
least two nominees for each of the offices of (a) vice-chair/chair-elect
annually and (b) every two years, secretary.
Additional nominations for these offices may be made by petitions signed
by no fewer than five Section members. Nominations put forward by the
Nominating Committee, as well as any additional nominations made by
petition, shall be filed with both the Executive Directory of ACRL and the
secretary of SEES within the deadlines prescribed for nominations by ACRL.
All nominees must be members in good standing of SEES and must consent to
candidacy in writing.
Sec. 2. Elections -- Elections
shall be conducted by mail ballot. For each office, the candidate
receiving a plurality of the votes cast shall be elected. In case of a
tie vote the successful candidate shall be determined by lot.
Art. X. Amendments
Sec. 1. Proposals -- Amendments to
these Bylaws may be proposed in writing by the Executive Committee, by a
committee appointed specifically for the purpose, or by an five members of
the Section. Proposals shall be filed with the secretary at least three
months before the annual meeting.
Sec. 2. Notification -- The
secretary shall send all members of the Section a copy of any proposed
amendments to be voted on at the annual meeting at least thirty days
before the annual meeting, or they shall be announced in an issue of
College & Research Library News appearing prior to the annual
Sec. 3. Voting -- An amendment
approved by two-thirds of the members present and voting at an annual
meeting shall be carried.
Art. XI. General Provisions
Wherever these Bylaws make no specific provisions, the organization and
procedures of SEES shall correspond to those set forth in the ACRL
Constitution, Bylaws, and Guide to Policies and Procedures.
Approved by SEES Executive Committee,
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