brass handbook

Tips for New & Continuing BRASS Committee Chairs

1. Introduction

The first thing you should do as a new or continuing BRASS Committee Chair is to read the latest version of the RUSA Guide to Policies and Procedures: A Complete Guide to Working with RUSA . In it, you will find important information that will help you successfully conduct the business of your committee and will explain how you and your committee must interact with our parent association.

In order for new chairs to understand how to work within BRASS and as a BRASS committee chair, attendance at the BRASS Committee Chair Orientation & Transition Meeting held on Saturday after the Executive Committee meeting at the annual conference prior to your first term as chair is highly recommended.

Also recommended is attendance at at least one of the BRASS Executive Committee meetings held during the conference prior to your term so that you know what to expect when you attend these meetings during your term as chair.

To make sure information flows to all who might need it, you must remember to send copies of all committee agendas, minutes, reports and correspondence to:

  • your committee and subcommittee members
  • the BRASS Chair
  • the BRASS Vice-chair
  • the BRASS Past Chair
  • the RUSA President
  • the RUSA Executive Director

The last five listed here are also called the "Big 5". The easiest way to accomplish this is to send your documents to BRASS-L, which includes all of the above and all current BRASS committee members.

The other sections of this document provide additional useful information for you in your role as chair of a BRASS committee. Please review them carefully.

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