Bylaws

NDLA Bylaws

9/25/98

CONTENTS

 Bylaws

I.    Membership

II.   Meetings

III.  Nominations and Elections

IV.  Officers

V.   Executive Board

VI.  Committees

VII. Sections and Roundtables

VIII.Affiliations

 

Article I - Membership

Section 1. Classifications of Membership.

Membership of the Association will consist of:

A. Active membership: active membership includes several types of special interest categories with varying dues structures. All active members can vote, hold office, belong to sections and roundtables, and receive member registration rates at the annual conference.

Individual personal membership: Any person employed by a North Dakota library or otherwise actively engaged in promoting North Dakota library interests will, upon payment of specified dues, be entitled to active membership in the Association.

Student membership (3-year limit): Any person employed by a North Dakota library or otherwise actively engaged in promoting North Dakota library interests and enrolled in a library school program will, upon payment of specified dues, be entitled to active membership in the Association.

New Member membership: Any new member employed by a North Dakota library or otherwise actively engaged in promoting North Dakota library interests is entitled to have the individual personal membership fee discounted for her/his first year of membership if she/he has not previously been a member of the Association. New members are considered active members. If a new member pays the active membership fee at the time of conference registration his/her membership is good through the end of the following calendar year as a one-time benefit.

Library trustee membership:  Any trustee of a library board in the state of North Dakota may, upon payment of specified dues, be entitled to active membership in the Association. 

B. Other types of membership (non-voting): the non-voting memberships include several types of special interest categories with varying dues structures. Non-voting members can neither vote, hold elected office, nor be a member of a roundtable or section.


Associate membership: Any person not employed by a North Dakota library nor actively engaged in promoting North Dakota library interests but interested in promoting the purposes of the Association may, upon payment of specified dues, become a nonvoting member of the Association. Associate members do receive member registration rates at the annual conference.

Institutional membership: Any library or organization interested in or concerned with the work of libraries or librarianship may, upon payment of specified dues, become a nonvoting member of the Association. Depending on the level of membership, up to three staff of the institutional member may receive member registration rates at the annual conference.

Honorary membership: Honorary membership may be conferred upon a person or institution for meritorious contributions to library development or for high attainment in the field of librarianship by a three-fourths vote of those present at an annual meeting. Length of membership will be determined by the Executive Board. Honorary members will not be required to pay dues but do receive member registration rates at the annual conference.

Section 2. Dues

Dues are payable annually upon the anniversary date of joining NDLA for new members who joined after October 1, 2016. Members in good standing in 2016-2017 will pay dues annually in accordance with the last date paid after October 1, 2016 and prior to October 1, 2017. If a member is in good standing when registering for the annual conference, he/she shall receive the membership registration benefit offered.

A. Dues structure:

1. Active Membership:
        

a. Individual Personal Membership:

1. New Member: Any person wishing to join NDLA for the first time may pay half the cost of the appropriate dues according to their salary range for a one-year membership to NDLA.

Salary Range Annual Membership Dues
$0 - $30,000 $35.00
$30,001 - $49,999 $45.00
$50,000 + $60.00

 

       b. Student Membership: $25.00

c. Library Trustee Membership: $25.00

2. Non-Voting Membership

a. Associate Membership: $25.00

b. Institutional Membership:

Permanent staff FTE Annual Dues Staff can register at member rate for conference
3 or fewer $70 1
4-9 $135 2
10 or more $200 3

 

c. Honorary Membership: waived

B. The Executive Board will review the dues structure annually. When directed by the Executive Board, the Finance Committee will recommend changes to the dues structure.

C. All proposals for changing the dues structure will be submitted to the Consitution, Bylaws, and Policies Committee. Proposed dues changes will be presented to the membership at least one month before voting. Passage will require a majority of those voting.
 

ARTICLE II - MEETINGS

All meetings of any board, committee, or other body of the Association at which Association business is discussed or at which any formal action is taken are open to the membership.

Section 1. Annual Membership Meeting

A. The annual meeting of the Association will be held at such time and place as determined by the Executive Board. Thirty days' notice must be given all members of the Association.

B. Proposed resolutions must be submitted in writing by the announced deadline as determined by the President. During association business meetings, (e.g. general sessions), resolutions must be read aloud; the reading may take place just prior to the vote.

Section 2. Special Meetings

Special meetings may be held at the call of the president, upon approval of the Executive Board, provided that two weeks' notice is given to all of the Association. A quorum for any special membership meeting will be based on twenty-five percent of the Association membership registered at the last annual conference.

Section 3. General Membership Business

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

ARTICLE III - NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

Section 1. Nominations

The President will appoint a four member Nominations, Elections, and Voting Committee.

A. The Nominations, Elections, and Voting Committee proposes a minimum of two NDLA members for each of the NDLA offices of president-elect, secretary, and treasurer and reports nominations to the Executive Board. The Executive Board approves the nominations prior to the creation of the ballot.

B. The Nominations, Elections, and Voting Committee proposes a minimum of two NDLA members to run as representatives for each affiliated organization and reports nominations to the Executive Board. The Executive Board approves the nominations prior to the creation of the ballot. Terms of office for affiliation representatives are as specified in the Policies Handbook.
 
Section 2. Elections

The Nominations, Elections, and Voting Committee assumes responsibility for working out election details as specified in the Policies Handbook.

A. All elections of NDLA officers, affiliation representatives and officers of sections and roundtables will be conducted by ballot. The Nominations, Elections, and Voting Committee prepares the official ballot coordinating it with section and roundtable chairs. The ballots, which will provide for write-in votes, will be distributed to the voting membership at least thirty days prior to the annual conference.

B. For each office the candidate receiving the largest number of votes shall be elected. The Nominations, Elections, and Voting Committee determines and reports the results of the balloting to the Executive Board which validates election results and, in disputes regarding elections, serves as the final arbiter. In the case of a tie vote, the successful candidate shall be determined by lot conducted by the Executive Board.
 
Section 3. General Membership Voting

The Nominations, Elections, and Voting Committee assumes responsibility for working out general membership voting details as specified in the Policies Handbook.

A. All voting done of the general membership will be conducted by ballot. The Nominations, Elections, and Voting Committee prepares the official ballot. The ballots will be distributed to the voting membership at least thirty days prior to the opening of the voting period.

B. A majority vote of all returned ballots determines results. The Nominations, Elections, and Voting Committee determines and reports the results of the balloting to the Executive Board which validates results and in disputes regarding results serves as the final arbiter.

C. Voting questions will be announced to the general membership by the President of NDLA at least 30 days prior to the opening of electronic vote. Discussion can occur electronically. The President will announce opening and closing of electronic voting.

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS

Section 1. Term

A.  Officers are elected for a one-year term and assume their duties at the close of the annual meeting following their election. Incoming and outgoing Executive Board members will meet together immediately after the close of the annual meeting and the new officers will assume their duties. They serve until the close of the next annual meeting.

B. The exception is the treasurer, who serves for a calendar year. The incoming treasurer will serve an orientation period with the presiding treasurer following the annual meeting until the term begins.
 
Section 2. Duties of Officers

A. The President serves as the official spokesperson for the Association; presides at all meetings of the Association and the Executive Board; serves as the Association's representative on all committees as required by North Dakota statute; performs all other duties as provided for in these Bylaws or as assigned by the Executive Board and assumes all other responsibilities that are in accordance with the parliamentary procedure adopted by the Association and as specified in the President’s Policies Handbook

B. The President-elect, at the request of the President and the Executive Board or during the President's absence or inability to act, exercises the authority of the President; acts as the official spokesperson under the direction of the President; and carries out such other duties as assigned by the President, Executive Board or as provided for in these Bylaws and as specified in the president-elect’s Policies Handbook.

C. The Secretary is responsible for the recording and distribution of the minutes of all Association and Executive Board meetings; maintain official records for the Association and perform other duties as assigned by the president or the Executive Board and as specified in the Secretary’s Policies Handbook.

D. The Treasurer is responsible for the Association's financial records, including dues and other income; pays Association debts; provides quarterly and annual reports of Association financial status for Executive Board approval; serves on the Membership Committee and the Finance Committee; and performs other duties as assigned by the President or the Executive Board and as specified in the Treasurer’s Policies Handbook

E. The immediate Past-President shall be the responsible coordinating agent for the program planning of the Association's annual conference and, with regard to the annual conference, shall perform other duties affecting the annual conference as may be assigned by the President of the Association and the Association's Executive Board and as specified in the immediate Past-President’s Policies Handbook

Section 3. Vacancies

Vacancies in office will be filled for the duration of an unexpired term by appointment made by the Executive Board, except the office of President which will be filled by the President-elect.
 
Section 4. Removal of Officers

A. Elected officers of the Association may be removed from office for just cause. A two-thirds majority vote of the Executive Board is required to authorize a ballot to the membership seeking removal of an officer(s). Officers being considered for removal cannot vote during removal procedures. An affirmative vote of two-thirds majority of the votes returned removes an officer upon validation of election results.

B. Just cause is defined as any willful violation of the provisions of the NDLA Constitution or Bylaws, violation of statutory law which tarnished the reputation of the Association, or incapacity in executing the responsibilities of office.
 

ARTICLE V - Executive Board

Section 1. Voting Members

If a voting member of the Board is unable to attend an Executive Board meeting, that member may designate a proxy with full privileges of the office.
 
Section 2. Primary Duties of the Executive Board

Responsibilities include:

A. Approve the annual budget;
B. Approve the budget of the annual conference;
C. Approve executive board minutes and all financial reports;
D. Act upon petitions for the establishment of sections and roundtables;
E. Validate election results and in disputes regarding elections serves as the final arbiter;
F. Approve the Policies Handbook.
 
Section 3. Executive Board Meetings

A Board meeting may be held at the call of the President or a majority of the Board members.

Section 4. Reimbursement of Expenses

Actual expenses incurred in transacting or furthering of Association business may be reimbursable as specified in the Policies Handbook. Reimbursement is never to exceed total actual expenses.

Section 5. Executive Committee of the Board

The Executive Committee of the Board shall consist of the President, President-Elect, Past-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. In situations where the full Board cannot address a matter in a timely fashion, as determined by the Executive Board, the Executive Committee of the Board may be called upon to investigate, discuss, and either recommend a course of action or to act with final authority for the Executive Board when dealing with the matter at hand (if explicitly stated in the charge); however, proposed or final course(s) of action are subject to review, modification, approval (if required), or rescinding by a majority vote of the Executive Board. Any action taken by the Executive Committee of the Board must be reported to the full Executive Board within 14 days or at the next Executive Board meeting, whichever occurs first.

ARTICLE VI - COMMITTEES

All committees are as specified in the Policies Handbook.

Section 1. Appointments

Standing committee chairs are appointed by the President and serve a term concurrently with that of the President. The President has the authority to establish additional committees as needed.
 
Section 2. Reports

All committee chairs submit an annual written report to the President prior to the annual meeting and written reports at meetings of the Executive Board.
 
Section 3. Standing Committees

Committees required for the ongoing functioning of the Association include Constitution, Bylaws and Policies, Finance, Membership, and Nominations, Elections, and Voting.
 

ARTICLE VII - SECTIONS AND ROUNDTABLES

Section 1. Names

NDLA Section Official Abbreviation
Academic and Special Libraries Section A & SL
Health Science Information Section HSIS
Public Library Section PLS
School Libraries and Youth Section SLAYS
 
NDLA Roundtable Official Abbreviation
Technical Services Roundtable / Government Documents TECHSERT/GODORT
North Dakota New Members Roundtable ND/NMRT

 

Section 2. Membership

Members of the sections and roundtables will be active members of NDLA who support the purposes of the section or roundtable. A section or roundtable may prescribe any additional qualifications for membership in the policy handbook and engage in activities appropriate to its interest which do not conflict with the provisions of the NDLA Constitution and these Bylaws.
 
Section 3. Sections and Roundtables

Sections of the Association may be established to represent members interested in the same type of library or trusteeship. Roundtables may be established to represent members interested in a specific library activity.
 
Section 4. Formation

A. A petition to the Executive Board for the establishment of a section or roundtable will state the purpose and need of the proposed section or roundtable. The petition will be signed by ten current NDLA members who become charter members of the section or roundtable. Sections and round-tables have voting representation on the Executive Board two years after their petition has been approved.

B. Both sections and roundtables require a chair and a chair-elect. Other officers will be elected as deemed appropriate. Section and roundtable chairs are responsible for providing the NDLA Nominations, Elections, and Voting Committee with a slate of candidates for vacant offices. Elections will be conducted by ballot in accordance with the provisions outlined in these Bylaws (Article III, Sec. 2).

Section 5. Discontinuation

By a majority vote of the Executive Board at two consecutive Board meetings, a section or roundtable may be discontinued.
 
Section 6. Purpose

The purpose of each section and roundtable is defined in the Policy Handbook.

Section 7. Meetings

A. All meetings at which section or roundtable business is discussed, or where any formal action is taken are open to the membership.

B. Quorums for conducting section and roundtable business are defined in the Policy Handbook.

C. Meeting calendars or schedules are outlined in the Policy Handbook.

D. Guidelines for calling special meetings are defined in the Policy Handbook.

Section 8. Nominations and Elections

Section and roundtable chairs will appoint a nominating committee. The chair will forward the names of the nominees to the NDLA Nominations and Elections Committee.

Section 9. Officers

A. Officers for each section and roundtable are defined in the Policy Handbook.

B. Duties of officers for each section and roundtable are defined in the Policy Handbook.

C. Terms.

     1. The chair-elect will be elected for a one-year term and assumes his or her duties at the close of the annual conference following their election. The chair-elect succeeds the Chair upon the expiration of the Chair’s term.

     2. The terms for other officers are outlined in the Policy Handbook.

D. Executive Committee. The Executive Committee memberships and duties are defined in the Policy Handbook.

E. Vacancies. A vacancy in the Chair position will be filled for the duration of an unexpired term by the chair-elect. Other vacancies will be filled as outlined in the Policy Handbook.

F. Removal of officers.

     1. Elected officers of the Section may be removed from office for just cause. A two-thirds majority vote of the Executive Committee is required to authorize a ballot to the membership of the section or roundtable seeking removal of an officer(s).

     2. Officers being considered for removal cannot vote during removal procedures. An affirmative vote of two-thirds majority of the votes returned removes an officer upon validation of election results.

     3. Just cause is defined as any willful violation of the provisions of the NDLA Constitution or Bylaws, or Section Bylaws, or violation of statutory law, which tarnish the reputation of the Association or Section, or incapacity in executing the responsibilities of the office.

Section 10. Committees and Appointments

Committees and appointments for Sections and Roundtables are outlined in the Policy Handbook.

Section 11. Fees

Fees, grants, or special assessments under consideration by the Section or Roundtable will be submitted to the NDLA Executive Board for approval.

Section 12. Affiliations

Section and Roundtable affiliations are defined in the Policy Handbook.

ARTICLE VIII - AFFILIATIONS
 
Section 1. Membership

The Association will maintain memberships in the following affiliated organizations and will discharge the duties and exercise the rights and privileges which pertain to these memberships.

A. The American Library Association (ALA). The North Dakota member of the Council of the American Library Association will be elected in the same manner as the officers of the Association in accordance with the term and rules provided by ALA.

B. The Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA). The North Dakota representative to MPLA will be elected in the same manner as the officers of the Association in accordance with the term and rules provided by MPLA.

Section 2. Duties

A. Representatives to affiliated organizations will assume their duties at the close of the annual meeting following their election.

B. The duties of the NDLA representative to affiliated organizations will be to represent NDLA at organization meetings and to report on these meetings at the annual NDLA meeting, in the official NDLA publication, and as otherwise required by the NDLA Executive Board.

Section 3. Affiliation Process

A. Upon the recommendation of the Executive Board and an affirmative vote of two-thirds majority of membership ballots returned, NDLA may affiliate with other associations/organizations.

B. Petitions from organizations or groups wishing to affiliate with NDLA will be presented to the membership. A majority of two-thirds of the registered members present will be necessary for ratification.

C. The Association may disaffiliate with an organization upon recommendation of the Executive Board and an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the membership ballots returned.

Section 4. Vacancies

Vacancies in office will be filled for the duration of an unexpired term by an appointment made by the Executive Board.
 

Adopted September 25, 1998, at Grand Forks NDLA conference.
Revised April 2000
Revised September 2000
Revised September 2004
Revised September 2008
Revised December 2009
Revised October 2010
Revised January 2011
Revised September 2012
Revised January 2014
Revised September 2014
Revised November 2016
Revised September 2017
Revised January 2018