Bylaws and Organization Committee

Charge

The bylaws and organization committee maintains the bylaws of the division and advises the division board regarding structural and organizational concerns in the division. Specific tasks include: to recommend amendments to the bylaws of the division and to report upon proposals for amendments referred to the committee. To review and monitor current policies and procedures of the division to ensure consistency with the bylaws and to propose revisions to the bylaws if necessary. To advise the board of directors, and through it the division membership, on the establishment, functions, and discontinuance of committees, interest groups, and other organization entities as the needs of the division require. The committee shall recommend the name and size of the division committees, and may recommend special regulations concerning the composition of each committee and the appointment and terms of office of each of its members. The committee shall review each committee on a periodic basis concerning the committee's relevance and success in meeting the mission and goals of the division. Petitions for interest groups must be resubmitted to the bylaws and organization committee every three years and re-approved by the LITA board; otherwise, the bylaws committee shall recommend to the board that the interest group be dissolved. To review on a periodic basis all LITA liaisons to internal and external, temporary and permanent groups, to ensure that the liaison relationship is consistent with LITA mission and goals and that the relationship is being carried out according to LITA policy and procedures.

Roster

Dale Poulter (Chair, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2013)
Mrs. Anya N. Arnold (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Mr. Robert Butterfield (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Gina Raye Costello (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Mark A. Dehmlow (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Heidi E. Hanson (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Gail H. Herrera (Member, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013)
Maribeth Manoff (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Valerie Edmonds-Merritt (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2014)
Melissa Prentice (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2013)
Mary Taylor (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2014)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2012. Last retrieved on 04/24/2014. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.

Composition

The Bylaws and Organization Committee consists of 5 to 10 members, appointed from LITA membership.  Committee members serve 2 year terms and are led by the committee chair.

Origin

If anyone can contribute information about the history of this committee, send it to LITA's Web Coordinating Committee at litaweb@ala.org.

Get Involved

LITA values committed and active committee members. Qualified members are welcome to volunteer to serve on this committee. Committee members must have an interest in the work of the committee, be able to participate in Committee meetings when scheduled, e.g., Annual Conferences, Midwinter Meetings, or other times of the year as needed and, be able to contribute to the activities of the committee Express your interest in serving on this or other committees by filling out the application form. Generally, appointments take place once a year, during the spring. Committee service usually begins following Annual Conference, about July 1, for two year terms. Exceptions to this include the LITA National Forum Planning Committee (18 months before the Forum through the December after the Forum), the Nominating Committee (18 months before the election through the election) and, the Awards and Scholarships committees (one year terms).

Staff Liaison

Melissa Prentice
Phone: (312) 280-4268
E-mail:  mprentice@ala.org