Bylaws

Revised and approved by the LSAA Board, August 2006, and approved by the membership at the annual meeting, June 24, 2007.

ARTICLE I: NAME

This association shall be called the University of Illinois Library School Alumni Association at Urbana-Champaign, herein referred to as the Library School Alumni Association (LSAA).

ARTICLE II: AFFILIATION

The LSAA shall be chartered by the University of Illinois Alumni Association, herein referred to as the UIAA, as a Constituent Association.

ARTICLE III: OBJECTS

The objects of the LSAA shall be:

  • to advance the interests of the profession of library and information science;
  • to promote the interests of the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Urbana-Champaign (GSLIS);
  • to foster a cooperative relationship between the GSLIS, the UIAA, and the alumni of the School;
  • to maintain communications among alumni.

ARTICLE IV: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Qualifications.

All persons who are graduates of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, members of the faculty, friends or supporters, are eligible to become members of this Association. Enrollment as a member of the UIAA is a requirement for membership in the Library School Alumni Association.

Section 2. Types.

Annual and life memberships are available. Graduates of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are eligible to be regular members, and non-graduates may be associate members. Associate members, upon paying the required dues, shall enjoy all the privileges of regular membership. No special categories of membership may be created by this LSAA, except those authorized by the UIAA.

Section 3. Library School Alumni Association Life Members.

Persons completing life memberships in the LSAA prior to affiliation with the UIAA shall remain life members of the LSAA with voting privileges, but may not also be considered life members of the UIAA without payment of the required dues to the UIAA.

ARTICLE V: DUES

Part of the dues paid to the UIAA shall be credited to the LSAA for use in alumni activities. No additional dues shall be charged by the LSAA.

ARTICLE VI: THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

Section 1. Membership.

The executive board shall consist of the following officers: a president, a vice-president/president elect, past-president, a secretary, a treasurer, and four directors. Subject to the approval of the executive board, the Dean of the GSLIS shall appoint: a member of the GSLIS faculty or staff to serve as liaison between the GSLIS, the LSAA, and the UIAA office; and one or more students currently enrolled in the GSLIS program to serve as student members. The Dean of the GSLIS, and the GSLIS faculty-staff liaison, and the student members shall be members ex officio of the executive board. The Dean of the GSLIS, the GSLIS faculty-staff liaison are ex officio without vote; the student members shall be members ex officio with vote.

Section 2. Qualifications.

Officers and directors must be members in good standing of the LSAA.

Section 3. Terms.

Officers and directors shall be elected for three-year terms with elections held at the annual meeting. The term of office begins at the close of the annual meeting. Officers and directors may be elected for no more than two consecutive terms. The vice-president shall serve a one-year term as vice-president, a one-year term as president, and a one-year term as immediate past president.

Section 4. Duties.

The officers and directors shall perform the duties usually incumbent upon the positions to which they have been elected and additional duties as the Board may direct.

Section 5. Authority.

The executive board shall have the power to carry on the regular business of the LSAA between meetings.

Section 6. Meetings.

The executive board shall meet at least twice each fiscal year (July 1-June 30). The executive board may utilize e-mail or other electronic means for discussion and voting. Such actions must be subsequently ratified at the next board meeting and recorded in the minutes.

Section 7.

A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of the voting members of the executive board.

Section 8. Vacancy.

A vacancy in any position on the executive board may be filled until the next annual meeting by vote of the remaining members of the board.

Section 9. Removal from office.

The officers and directors shall serve until they are replaced by a duly constituted election, resign, or are voted out of office by a two-thirds majority of the voting members of the Executive Board. A director's absence from two consecutive board meetings may be grounds for removal.

ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES

Section 1.

Committees of LSAA shall be authorized by the Board of Directors. The president of the LSAA shall appoint members to committees, as necessary, to meet the needs of the organization.

ARTICLE VIII: ELECTIONS

Section 1. Nominating Committee.

The president of the LSAA shall appoint three members to serve on the nominating committee. One member shall be the past president. The committee shall present a single slate of officers and directors at the annual meeting to fill the terms of the expiring offices/directors.

ARTICLE IX: MEETINGS

Section 1. Annual.

A regular business meeting of the LSAA shall be held annually.

Section 2. Special.

Special meetings of the LSAA may be called by the president upon request of the executive board or of ten members. No business shall be transacted at such meetings except that mentioned in the call.

Section 3. Notice.

Due notice of the time and place of meetings and the purpose of special meetings shall be given to all members.

Section 4. Parliamentary Authority.

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the LSAA in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order adopted by the LSAA.

ARTICLE X: QUORUM

Fifteen members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of association business. A simple majority of those members present and voting will carry the vote, except as provided in Article XI: Amendments.

ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS

These Bylaws may be amended by a three-fourth vote of those present at any regular meeting, provided the proposed amendment shall have been specifically set forth in the call for such meeting.


Library School Alumni Association
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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