(Revised September, December 1995; March, June 1996; June 1999; November 19, 1999, June 2007, May 2008, June 2010, May 2014, June 2017; June 2021; June 2022)
Article 1: Name
1.1 The name of this organization shall be the State University of New York Librarians Association.
Article 2: Objectives
2.1 To be a strong and vital force in the general educational mission of the State University of New York through high quality library service.
2.2 To further develop the principles and standards of library professionals in the State University of New York.
2.3 To advance the professional status of library professionals of the State University of New York.
2.4 To encourage individual and collective professional development.
2.5 To provide an organizational framework for professional interaction among those interested in the quality of the library professions in the State University of New York.
2.6 To cooperate with similar organizations on local, state, and national levels to achieve these goals.
Article 3: Membership
3.1 Anyone working in a SUNY institution is eligible for membership.
3.2 Associate membership shall be extended to those who support the objectives of SUNYLA and who do not currently qualify for membership.
3.3 Student membership is available to individuals enrolled at least half-time in a library or information science program, provided they are not eligible for another membership category. After leaving school, the former student member may renew SUNYLA membership as a first-time member.
3.4 Persons meeting the above requirements become Members upon payment of dues.
3.5 Honorary Memberships shall be extended upon approval of the Council.
3.6 Individuals must be Members in good standing to be nominated for, elected to, or hold office in SUNYLA.
3.7 Associate members may not be nominated for, elected to, or hold office in SUNYLA.
Article 4: Executive Board
4.1 The Executive Board shall consist of the Officers as defined in Article 5, the immediate Past President, the Web Manager, and the Chairpersons of the Standing Committees as defined in Article 12. The Ad hoc committee Chairpersons and the Liaisons shall be ex-officio, non-voting, members of the Executive Board.
4.2 The Executive Board shall make recommendations to the Council and shall function as the solicitor and the disseminator of the information necessary to implement the policies of the Association.
4.3 Business matters requiring immediate action, where no new policy is being established, are handled by the Executive Board between Council meetings.
4.4 Vacancies in the Executive Board, except the Office of First Vice President (President Elect), shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term by presidential appointment with approval of the Executive Board.
Article 5: Officers
5.1 The Officers of the Association shall be President, First Vice President (President Elect), Second Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
5.2 A vacancy in the office of President shall be filled by the succession of the First Vice President (President Elect) to the Presidency. A vacancy in the office of First Vice President (President Elect) shall be filled by a special election for the unexpired portion of the term.
5.3 The President shall serve for one year. Presidents cannot succeed themselves, but the number of terms in office is not limited. The President shall: (1) suggest agenda items for all General Sessions and for meetings of the Executive Board and Council; (2) preside at all General Sessions of the Association and at meetings of the Executive Board and Council; (3) fill vacancies in the Executive Board by appointment with approval of the Executive Board; (4) create Ad hoc Committees with the approval of the Executive Board; (5) be an ex-officio member of all Standing Committees; (6) act for the Executive Board between meetings of the Board; (7) perform such other duties as may be required. The President is also liaison to the SUNY Council of Library Directors (SCLD).
5.4 The First Vice President (President Elect) shall succeed to the office of the President following a one-year term as First Vice President. A First Vice President succeeding to a vacancy in the office of President shall serve the unfilled term succeeded to and the term to which the person was elected. The First Vice President (President Elect) shall: 1) perform the duties of the President in the President’s absence; (2) coordinate nominations for election; (3) perform such other duties as may be required.
5.5 The Second Vice President shall serve for one year. The Second Vice President shall: (1) be responsible for the Annual SUNYLA Conference; (2) appoint a committee to assist in planning and presenting the conference; and (3) perform such other duties as required.
5.6 The Secretary shall serve for two years and may be re-elected. The Secretary shall: (1) keep and distribute the official record of all General Sessions of the Association and of the meetings of the Executive Board and Council; (2) prepare and distribute ballots and tabulate the results of the elections for Officers and of all referenda to the Membership and announce the results of elections and balloting on referenda; (3) perform such other duties as may be required.
5.7 The Treasurer shall serve for two years and may be re-elected. The Treasurer shall: (1) receive, record, hold, and disburse all monies of the Association in accordance with “Policy on the Expenditure of Association Funds“; (2) maintain a record of paid members and forward names of Delegates to the Membership Committee Chairperson; (3) prepare a written annual statement of accounts for the Membership; (4) make recommendations to the Council for changes in procedures, spending limits, policies, etc.; (5) perform such other duties as may be required.
Article 6: Nominations
6.1 At least one month prior to the annual election of officers, the First Vice President (President Elect) shall present a slate of nominees for the offices of First Vice President (President Elect) and Second Vice President to the Council.
6.2 Each even-numbered year, the First Vice President (President Elect) shall present a nominee slate for the office of Secretary to the Council. Each odd-numbered year, the First Vice President (President Elect) shall also present a nominee slate for the office of Treasurer to the Council.
6.3 At the Council meeting, additional nominations for the office of First Vice President (President Elect), Second Vice President, and the offices of Secretary or Treasurer may be made from the floor.
6.4 Each nomination must be accepted by the nominee.
6.5 Any Member may be nominated.
Article 7: Elections
7.1 The annual election of officers shall take place during the spring.
7.2 For each office on the ballot, the Secretary shall declare as elected the candidate receiving the highest number of votes cast. If no candidate receives at least forty (40) percent of the votes cast for that office, a run-off election between the two candidates with the most votes in the general election will be held for that office.
7.3 The new Officers shall assume their duties immediately at the end of the Annual Conference (usually in June) following their election.
Article 8: Council
8.1 The elected Delegates, Officers, the Immediate Past President, all Standing Committee Chairpersons, and Liaisons shall constitute a body designated as the Council.
8.2 The Council shall establish policy and make decisions binding upon the Association, subject to the limitations of the Bylaws.
Article 9: Delegates
9.1 Delegates shall be members of the Association.
9.2 Each unit shall select a Delegate biennially, in odd-numbered years, to serve concurrently with the Officers of the Association elected in that year. Delegates may serve consecutive terms.
9.3 If a Delegate is elected as one of the Officers of the Association, or if a delegate is unable or unwilling to perform their duties, their unit may select a new Delegate. The officer may act as Delegate if their local unit so designates.
9.4 Each Delegate shall have the following responsibilities: (1) notify the appropriate parties (as specified in the Manual of Duties and Responsibilities) of any changes in their unit’s Delegate and/or membership; (2) attend Council meetings; (3) notify unit members of the particulars of each meeting and make the agenda available to them; (4) route copies of all minutes to unit members; (5) keep constituents well informed about SUNYLA matters, including elections; (6) forward Newsletter items to the Publications Committee; (7) recruit and engage with members; (8) carry out other duties as directed by the Officers, Executive Board, or Council.
Article 10: Local Units
10.1 Each unit shall select from its Members a Delegate to the Council as specified in the Bylaws.
10.2 If a unit has only one Member, that person shall be the Delegate.
Article 11: Committees
11.1 Ad hoc Committees may be authorized by the President, with the approval of the Executive Board.
11.2.1 The Chairpersons of the Standing Committees shall be appointed by the President, in consultation with the Officers, and with the approval of the Executive Board.
11.2.2 The Chairpersons of the Standing Committees shall serve for three years. Individuals may succeed themselves.
Article 12: Membership, Meetings, Reports
12.1 All Standing Committee Chairpersons shall be Members; each shall select at least three committee members, who may be Members or Associate Members. As committee members are appointed, their names shall be filed with the Secretary of the Association. The President shall serve as an ex officio member of all Standing Committees.
12.2 Each Standing Committee shall meet as often as deemed necessary by the Chairperson, and may choose to elect a Recording Secretary. Any member or associate member of the Association may attend meetings of the Standing Committees.
12.3 Each Standing Committee shall prepare a summary of its progress for presentation at each Executive Board/Council meeting and shall prepare a written report of its activities for the year to be distributed at the annual meeting.
12.4 The duties of the Standing Committees shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following:
12.4.1 Membership Development Committee
The Membership Development Committee shall organize and conduct membership recruitment in conjunction with the President.
12.4.2 Personnel Policies Committee
The Personnel Policies Committee shall concern itself with the development, recommendation, coordination, and implementation of the policies, procedures, and standards of appointment and other terms of employment within SUNY libraries.
12.4.3 Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee shall recommend and develop programs of continuing education for academic library professionals that reflect the principles and standards for college and university libraries. This committee will also support and recognize professional endeavors with grants, awards, and scholarships.
12.4.4 Publications Committee
The Publications Committee shall publish a Newsletter and any other publications of the Association. The Committee shall also engage in publicity and marketing efforts to further the work and raise the profile of the Association.
12.4.5 SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee
The SUNYLA Information Literacy Committee (SILC) shall: investigate system-wide initiatives relating to information literacy and offer recommendations for SUNY librarians to become involved; provide a forum for reflecting on concerns or interests relating to teaching practices and/or instruction programs; and, recommend and/or sponsor educational opportunities relating to information literacy for the SUNYLA community.
12.4.6 Technology Discussion Group
188.8.131.52 The Technology Discussion Group shall serve as a focus for the exchange of information about technology; including sharing and exploring best practices for effectively identifying and evaluating, seamlessly integrating, and successfully assessing outcomes and impacts of technology for library services; and establishing liaisons on information technology with other SUNY professional organizations as appropriate.
184.108.40.206 The Group shall arrange meetings or conferences as needed, one a year at minimum, to pursue its purposes.
Article 13: Web Manager
13.1 Term of Appointment.
13.1.1 The Web Manager shall serve for an indefinite period at the discretion of the Executive Board.
13.2.1 The Web Manager shall be responsible for the development and maintenance of the Association website. In consultation with the Executive Board, it shall be the responsibility of the Web manager to upload and maintain documents as requested by the Executive Board, Committee Chairpersons, Liaisons, and other members and to perform other appropriate Web development activities. The Web Manager is a voting member of the Executive Board.
13.2.2. The Web Manager shall participate in the Technology Discussion Group.
Article 14: Liaisons
14.1 Term of Appointment
14.1.1 Liaison positions carry indeterminate terms. The expected commitment is three years, but individuals may succeed themselves.
14.2.1 SUNYLA Liaisons serve the Association by acting as representatives of the Association in its dealings with other associations.
14.2.2 United University Professions (UUP) Liaison
The UUP Liaison represents the Association in dealings with the established bargaining agent for SUNY library professionals who are members of the bargaining unit, coordinates Association activities related to collective bargaining concerns, and informs SUNY library professionals about bargaining issues.
14.2.3 Liaisons from Other Organizations
SUNYLA invites representatives from other organizations to serve as liaisons from the other organization to SUNYLA, in order to facilitate communication. Such liaisons may or may not be members of SUNYLA. These liaisons provide information to SUNYLA from their organizations and carry information from SUNYLA to their organizations.
14.2.4 Liaison Appointment
The President may provisionally appoint liaisons to other organizations, as appropriate. The liaison represents the Association to the other organization. The liaison attends both the other organization’s meetings, representing SUNYLA, and SUNYLA Executive Board and Council meetings, and reports to the Association on activities of the other organization. The Executive Board must approve the appointment at their next meeting.
Article 15: Meetings
15.1 Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised shall govern all meetings of the Association, except in cases where it is inconsistent with the Bylaws.
15.2 General Sessions
15.2.1 The Association shall meet in General Session at least once a year. A General Session may include a luncheon meeting of the Membership during an annual conference.
15.2.2 General Sessions may be called upon petition of a majority of Council Delegates or upon petition of twenty-five (25) percent of the Membership.
15.2.3 At General Sessions, the Membership shall take any needed organizational action on items referred to it by the Council. The remainder of a General Session shall be devoted to new business which may suggest directions in which the Association, through the Council, may wish to proceed.
15.2.4 In any general session of the Association, ten (10) percent of the membership shall constitute a quorum.
15.3 Meetings of the Executive Board
15.3.1 Meetings of the Executive Board may be called by the President at such times and place as they may designate, or upon the request of a majority of the Board. Additionally, the President may, in cases requiring immediate action, poll the members of the Executive Board without convening that body in order to reach a majority vote on a given issue or issues. Such a poll shall constitute a meeting for the specific purpose(s) at hand and the President, shall, upon its completion, notify the Secretary both as to its nature and its results which shall be read into the minutes of the next meeting.
15.3.2 In any meeting of the Executive Board, a majority of the Board membership shall constitute a quorum.
15.4 Meetings of the Council
15.4.1 The Council shall meet at least twice a year.
15.4.2 Prior to a meeting of the Council, the President shall notify the membership of the date, time, and location of the meeting and the Secretary will make a copy of the agenda available. Each Delegate shall also notify the members at their unit of the meeting.
15.4.3 In any meeting of the Council, thirty (30) percent of the Council membership shall constitute a quorum.
15.5 Special Meetings
15.5.1 Special Meetings of the Council shall be called by the Executive Board upon petition of fifteen (15) percent of the Council.
15.6.1 Any member, Associate Member, or individual working in a SUNY unit may attend any meeting as an observer.
Article 16: Finances
16.1 Members and Associate Members of the Association shall pay annual dues in the amount determined by the Council.
16.2 Expenditures of organizational funds shall be governed by established Council policies.
Article 17: Dues
17.1 The amount of annual dues shall be determined by the Council. A majority of those eligible to vote will determine passage or non-passage of a dues change.
17.2 The Membership year is for a period of twelve months, beginning the date Membership dues are received by the Association.
Article 18: Voting Privileges
18.1 Only Members in good standing may vote on referenda or in general elections.
18.2 All members of the Council, including ex-officio members, shall have one vote, but the Presiding Officer shall refrain from voting except in cases of a tie vote.
18.3 All members of the Executive Board, excluding Ad hoc Committee chairs and liaisons, shall have one vote.
18.4 A membership referendum may be requested by a petition, to the President, signed by at least twenty-five (25) percent of all Members or by at least fifty (50) percent of the Members at each of four (4) SUNY campuses.
Article 19: Archives
19.1 Official and unofficial documents of the Association and other relevant materials shall be collected and maintained according to Archives policy.
19.2 Official and unofficial documents of the Association of current interest to the Membership shall be posted on the Association’s Webpage as maintained by the Web Manager.
Article 20: Amendments
20.1 These Bylaws may be amended by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Members of the Association voting.
20.2 An amendment may be proposed by majority vote of the Executive Board or by written petition (filed with the Secretary) of at least ten (10) percent of the Members.
20.3 Votes on amendments to the Bylaws shall be conducted by the Secretary using the current election software.
20.4 An amendment shall become effective immediately upon its passage, unless otherwise specified at the time of the vote.