North Dakota Library Association

NDLA Constitution

9/25/98

CONTENTS

  Constitution

Article

I. Name
II. Purpose
III. Membership
IV. Officers
V. Executive Board
VI. Association Meetings
VII. Committees and Appointments
VIII. Amendments
IX. Bylaws
X. Parliamentary Procedure

Bylaws

Article

I. Membership
II. Meetings
III. Nominations and Elections
IV. Officers
V. Executive Board
VI. Committees
VII. Sections and Roundtables
VIII. Affiliations

 
ARTICLE I - NAME

Section 1. This organization will be known as the North Dakota Library Association under the Articles of Incorporation submitted to Secretary of State Ben Meier March 9, 1971, certificate number 22494, transferring all assets of the Association to the corporation. The Association's official acronym is NDLA.

ARTICLE II - PURPOSE

Section 1. The purpose of this organization is to exercise professional leadership and to promote library services and librarianship.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Any person or organization interested in supporting the purpose of the Association may become a member as provided for in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS

Section 1. Officers of the Association are president, president-elect, secretary, and treasurer. Upon election the president-elect serves the first year as president-elect, the second year as president, and the third year as immediate past president.

ARTICLE V - EXECUTIVE BOARD

Section 1. The Executive Board of the Association will be current NDLA members and composed of the officers, the immediate past NDLA president, chairs of the sections and roundtables, affiliated representatives to other associations, and other members as provided for in the Bylaws.

Section 2. The officers, the immediate past NDLA president, chairs of the sections and roundtables, and representatives to other affiliated associations are voting members of the Executive Board. All standing committee chairs, the editor of the official NDLA publication, the State Librarian, and other appointed representatives are ex-officio members without vote.

Section 3. The duty of the Executive Board is to transact all business of the Association in the intervals between membership meetings, make recommendations to the Association, and adopt a budget. The Board will act upon resolutions passed by the membership. None of its acts shall conflict with the Constitution or Bylaws.

Section 4. Meetings of the Executive Board will be held at least three times a year. A majority of voting members of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of Executive Board business.

ARTICLE VI - ASSOCIATION MEETINGS

Section 1. Meetings will be held as provided for in the Bylaws.

Section 2. Twenty-five percent of Association membership registered at the annual conference constitutes a quorum for transaction of Association business.

Section 3. Business of the general membership between Annual Meetings will be conducted electronically.

ARTICLE VII - COMMITTEES AND APPOINTMENTS

Section 1. Committees and presidential appointments determined to be administratively necessary for the function of the Association are provided for in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE VIII - AMENDMENTS

Section 1. Amendments to this constitution must be submitted in writing to the Constitution/Bylaws and Policies Committee. Proposed constitutional changes will be presented to the membership at least one month before voting. Passage will require a two-thirds majority of those voting.

Section 2. Amendments may be initiated by the Executive Board or by a petition signed by at least fifteen members of the Association.

ARTICLE IX - BYLAWS

Section 1. All proposals for amending the Bylaws will be submitted in writing to the Constitution,Bylaws and Policies Committee. Proposed Bylaws changes will be presented to the membership at least one month before voting. Passage will require a majority of those voting.

Section 2. Bylaws changes may be initiated by the Executive Board or by a petition signed by at least fifteen members of the Association.

ARTICLE X - PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

Section 1. The business of the Association will be conducted in accordance with "The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure," latest revised edition, by Alice Sturgis.

1984 revision adopted September 22, 1984, at Williston NDLA conference.

1985 revision adopted September 27, 1985, at Minot NDLA conference.

1986 revision adopted September 27, 1986, at Fargo NDLA conference.

1987 revision adopted September 26, 1987, at Bismarck NDLA conference.

1988 revision adopted September 24, 1988, at Dickinson NDLA conference.

1989 revision adopted September 23, 1989, at Grand Forks NDLA conference.

1993 revision adopted September 25, 1993, at Williston NDLA conference.

1994 revision adopted September 24, 1994, at Bismarck NDLA conference.

1998 revision adopted September 25, 1998, at Grand Forks NDLA conference.

2008 revision adopted September 26, 2008, at Mandan NDLA conference.

2010 revision adopted October 1, 2010, at Grand Forks NDLA conference.


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