Executive Committee

BRASS Executive Committee

Establishment
Established in 1988.

Purpose
To provide leadership, coordination and direction for the Section and to act for and by the authority of the Section during the period between meetings of the Section.

Composition
The BRASS Executive Committee composition includes:

  • BRASS Chair (elected, voting)
  • BRASS Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (elected, voting)
  • BRASS Secretary (elected, voting)
  • BRASS Immediate Past-Chair (voting)
  • BRASS Members-at-Large (3) (elected, voting)
  • BRASS Notes Editor (appointed, ex officio, nonvoting)
  • BRASS Scheduling Coordinator (appointed, ex officio, non voting)
  • RUSA President (ex officio, nonvoting)
  • RUSA Executive Director (ex officio, nonvoting)

Terms of Office
Members-at-large shall serve staggered three-year terms. The terms of other members of the committee are specified by their office.

Specific Duties

  • To meet at both Midwinter and Annual American Library Association Meetings, typically near the close of the conference.
  • The voting members also meet for a planning session at each conference. The planning session occurs early in the conference and is a closed meeting. The BRASS Representative to the RUSA Planning & Finance Committee, the BRASS Representative to the RUSA Organization Committee, and the Chair of the BRASS Vendor Relations Committee, plus invited guests, also attend the planning session.
  • To act for, and by the authority of, the Section during the period between meetings of the Section.
  • To report on its work at the regular meeting of the Section and in the Section's column in the RUSA newsletter.
  • To oversee the work of the committees and to charge them with tasks as appropriate. Each Committee Chair is expected to give a summary report at the Executive Committee meeting. At this time, Executive committee members can discuss motions and take appropriate action on matters related to committee work.
  • To review and approve all proposals and documents produced by BRASS and its committees.
  • To foster communication among the Division and its committees. Each RUSA Representative is expected to give a summary report at the Executive Committee meetings.
  • To recommend action to the RUSA Board.

Its primary purpose is to foster communication among the Division, Section, and Committees, while its primary action is to discuss and vote on issues related to Section business.

Each RUSA Representative and BRASS Committee Chair is expected to give a summary report at the second Executive Committee meeting of each ALA conference. At this time, Executive Committee members can discuss motions, and take appropriate action, on matters related to the Division, the Section, the Committees, or the Discussion Group. Visitors are welcome at Executive Committee meetings.

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