Proposed Revisions: Bylaws of the Video Round Table
Revision Draft, compiled by VRT Bylaws Committee, January 2009.
Draft compiled from suggestions, comments, practices and VRT membership, 2006-2009.
Last Bylaws revision, January, 1993
The name of this organization shall be the Video Round Table (VRT) of the American Library Association (ALA). The organization may also be referred to as The American Library Association Video Round Table or ALA Video Round Table.
The purposes of this organization shall be (1) to provide a forum for the discussion of video and other audiovisual collections, services, and technologies in libraries of all types; (2) to serve as a communications channel for matters relating to video in libraries and video librarianship; (3) to promote a greater opportunity for involvement among the members of ALA in matters pertaining to video and other audiovisual formats; (4) to function as an advocate to the effective collection development and use of video in analog and digital formats in libraries and; (5) to provide a forum for communicating with authors, filmmakers, producers and distributors of video and with other film and video organizations of ALA.
Section 1. Any personal member of the ALA who is interested in the purposes of this Round Table shall be eligible for personal membership upon payment of annual dues. A personal member shall have the right to vote and shall act in accordance with the stated purposes of the Round Table.
Section 2. Any institutional member of ALA may become an institutional member of the VRT upon payment of annual dues. Institutional members shall be nonvoting members.
Section 3. The dues of the VRT shall be payable annually with general ALA membership.
Section 1. The Officers of the VRT shall include a Chair; a Vice Chair / Chair-Elect, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, all of whom shall be personal members in good standing of the VRT and the ALA (meaning current active member status-paid dues, not holding more than three (3) concurrent ALA offices, and abiding by all other by-laws of ALA and VRT).
Section 2. The term of office for the Chair shall be one (1) year, from the end of one Annual Meeting to the end of the following Annual Meeting.
Section 3. The term of office for the Vice-Chair/Chair Elect shall be one (1) year, from the end of one Annual Meeting to the end of the following Annual Meeting, at which time incumbent would become Chair. A previous Chair shall be eligible for election to the office of Vice-Chair/Chair Elect after a minimum interval of two (2) years out of office of the Chair (or one year after serving on Executive Board as Past Chair).
Section 4. The term of office for the Secretary shall be two (2) years; terms shall commence at the end of an Annual Meeting and continue through the end of the second successive Annual Meeting. The Secretary shall be eligible for re-election at the end of any term.
Section 5. The term of office for the Treasurer shall be two (2) years; terms shall commence at the end of an Annual Meeting and continue through the end of the second successive Annual Meeting. The Treasurer shall be eligible for re-election at the end of any term.
Section 6. The Chair shall serve as Immediate Past Chair for a one year term after completing their term as Chair. The Immediate Past Chair additionally serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Section 7. At the Midwinter Business Meeting, the Nominating Committee shall present the Executive Committee with a slate of officers for the upcoming year. This slate shall contain either at least one nominee for every office to be filled at the annual election. Further nominations can be made from the floor and subsequently via written nomination by voting members in good standing. Nominations shall be closed two weeks after the official end of the Midwinter Conference or comparable date determined and announced by the VRT Executive Board. In the case of only one nominee for any position their will be a provision for a write-in candidate. The slate shall be posted on the VRT web site and ballots shall be sent through standard ALA procedures to all VRT members in good standing prior to the ALA Annual Conference and must be returned on or before the date posted and provide for write-in candidates.
Section 8. Succession of officers in the case of a midterm vacancy shall occur as follows:
A. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair, the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect shall succeed the Chair and serve the remainder of the term. At the end of this term the Chair shall serve the full regular term.
B. If a vacancy occurs in any other elected office prior to April 1, and one (1) year or more remains the terms, the Nominating Committee shall propose at least two (2) candidates to fill the unexpired term of the vacant office(s). Voting will be conducted at the next regular Round Table election.
C. If a vacancy occurs with less than one (1) year remaining in the term, or after April 1 with more than one year remaining in the term, the Chair will appoint a replacement to serve out the unexpired term, subject to confirmation by a majority of the Executive Committee. This vote may be cast in a method determined at the discretion of the Chair.
Section 9. No member shall hold more than one office on the Executive Committee at any time.
Section 1. The Annual Membership Meeting of the VRT shall take place during the Annual ALA Conference and shall include a report of the Executive Committee to the members of its activities, in the interim between Membership Meetings. This meeting is open to all VRT and interested ALA Members and guests attending the Midwinter Meeting.
Section 2. The Midwinter Executive Committee meeting shall take place during the Midwinter ALA Meeting and shall include a report of the Committee business since last Annual Membership Meeting. This meeting is open to all VRT and interested ALA Members and guests attending the Midwinter Meeting.
Section 3. Special Membership meetings may be called by the Executive Committee and may also be called upon a written request of ten (10) members of the Round Table. One (1) month's notice shall be required (or any special meeting).
Section 4. Ten (10) members in good standing shall constitute a quorum at any Membership meeting of the Round Table.
Section 5. Working meetings of all Standing VRT Committees may take place during the Midwinter Conference of the ALA or at other times at the discretion of the Committee Chair. Special committees or special meetings of Standing Committees can also meet at the discretion of their VRT Chair.
Section 6. All Standing Committees shall report and/or meet during Midwinter Conference of the ALA
Section 1. The Officers of VRT, the Chairs of the Membership, Communications, Nominating, Gala, Bylaws and Program Committees and the Webmaster shall constitute the Executive Committee and have voting privileges. Chairs of other Standing Committees and liaisons shall be non-voting members of the Executive Committee.
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the VRT between its business meetings, fix the hour and place of meeting. It is subject to the bylaws and orders of the VRT and none of its acts shall be in conflict with actions taken by the VRT.
Section 3. The Executive Committee shall also meet at the discretion of the Chair to execute VRT business between the Annual Midwinter meetings. Special meetings may also be called by the Chair or at the request of three (3) other members of the Executive Committee.
Section 4. A simple majority of the voting members of the VRT Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum at any Executive Committee meeting.
Section 1. All other committees shall be composed of members in good standing of the VRT. There are two general types of Committees: Standing Committees and Special or Ad Hoc Committees, created at the discretion of the Chair in consultation with the Executive Committee.
Section 2. All Standing Committee members shall be appointed by the Chair of the VRT for a specified term. A Standing Committee shall consist of at least two appointed (2) members and may include other members as determined by the Bylaws. Terms shall be staggered so vacancies do not result in an entire Standing Committee being replaced at one time. A Standing Committee member may be appointed for only one additional two-year (2) term.
Section 3. Committee Chairs shall serve one (1) year terms as Chair, and may be appointed to a second one-year term at the pleasure of the VRT Chair.
Section 4. The Standing Committees are as follows: Membership, Nominating, Communications, Annual Program, Gala Program, Bylaws, and Notable Videos.
A. Membership. The Membership Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members, including the Chair. The term of service shall be two (2) years. It shall be responsible for promoting membership in the Round Table and for outreach activities with other appropriate professional organizations.
B. Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members, one of whom shall be the Immediate Past Chair of the VRT, who shall serve as Chair of the Committee. The term of service is one (1) year. The Nominating Committee shall seek candidates for the VRT's executive offices, and shall present a slate of candidates for each office, as provided in these Bylaws.
C. Communications Committee. The Communications Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members, two of whom will be the Chair and the VRT Webmaster. The Chair is responsible for setting the priorities of the Committee and delegating the creation of content to Committee members. The Webmaster is the primary contact person for the website, and in coordination with the Committee, maintains, updates, and initiates efforts to improve the website. The term of service for the Committee is two (2) years. The Committee shall promote communication about VRT activities through appropriate online or print sources and support the Executive Board in sharing general information with the current and future VRT members.
D. Program Committee. The Program Committee shall consist of at least four (4) members. The term of service is two (2) years. The Committee shall be charged with planning and executing the programs for the Annual Conferences.
E. Gala Program Committee. The Gala Program shall consist of at least five (5) members, including the Vice-Chair/Chair Elect and VRT Treasurer. The term of service on this Committee is two (2) years. The Gala is an annual professionally oriented event held as a fund raiser, membership recruitment, and social event and the Committee shall oversee all activities relating to executing the programs for the Annual Conferences.
F. Bylaws Committee. The Bylaws Committee shall consist of at least two (2) members, including a Past VRT Chair or Executive Committee member. The term of service is two (2) years. It shall oversee the currency of the bylaws at the direction of the VRT Executive Committee.
G. Notable Videos Awards Committee. The Committee is created and charged by VRT according to the procedures of the VRT Notable Videos for Adults Award. The purpose of the Committee is to call attention to those video programs produced during a two year period that are significant contributions. Committee members are appointed at the discretion of the VRT Chair in consultation with the current Notable Videos Chair. Each member will serve a term of two years, with a maximum number of terms not to exceed two, for a maximum of four consecutive years of service. Additionally, appointments will be made to insure continuity in membership and diversity in type of libraries represented.
Section 5. Special or Ad Hoc Committee may be appointed by the Chair of the Round Table in order to execute occasional or short term VRT business. All such Committees shall be appointed for a designated purpose and/or a specified period of time.
Section 1. The VRT Chair shall appoint VRT Liaisons with other ALA Divisions, Sections and Round Tables when/where appropriate. Liaisons to other organizations may also be appointed at the Chair's discretion. Liaisons from other organizations may also be received by the VRT Chair but will have no voting rights.
Section 2. Liaisons shall serve as conduits for two-way communication between the Round Table and other organizations. They shall report on the activities of the group to which they are liaison at the Midwinter and Annual meetings. Liaisons shall be expected to attend the regularly scheduled open meetings of the organization to which they are the VRT's representative.
Section 3. Liaisons shall serve a two-year (2) term and may be re-appointed.
The rules contained in "Robert's Rules of Order Revised" shall govern the Round Table in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws or the Constitution and Bylaws of ALA.
Section 1. The fiscal year of the VRT shall conform to the fiscal year of the ALA.
Section 2. Funds of the VRT shall be held and disbursed in accordance with Section 3 of Article 7 of the Bylaws of ALA (the overall governing document). The VRT shall not incur expenses on behalf of the ALA without its prior written authorization.
Section 3. The Treasurer shall monitor all VRT finances and report the status to the Executive Committee and membership on a semi-annual basis.
Amendments to the Bylaws
Section 1. These Bylaws may be amended by a majority of members voting at any Annual Meeting or by ballot, provided the amendment has been proposed by the Executive Committee, a committee authorized by the Executive Committee, or a personal member of the Round Table, and has been sent in writing to the Secretary and mailed to each member at least thirty (30) days before the Annual meeting or by the counting of the vote. Amendments to these Bylaws shall become effective immediately upon certification of the election results.
Section 2. These Bylaws shall be consistent with the Bylaws of the ALA (Article VII) and require amendments whenever the ALA Bylaws are changed.
Section 1. Any persons concerned with video issues may form a regional, state, or local group that is encouraged to associate with the VRT as an Affiliate. Affiliate status shall entitle the group to receive the publications of the VRT as an Affiliate and to report its activities to the Round Table. An Affiliate can ask for advice or support or other appropriate action from the VRT. Affiliates shall not pay dues, but shall be urged to contribute to the financial support of the VRT. Where possible Affiliates may become Institutional Members of ALA and VRT.
Section 2. Affiliates may be units of existing regional, state, or local library associations if they so choose. Affiliates determine their own organization, financial structure, policies, and programs, which are not subject to veto by the Round Table. Affiliates may act in the name of the VRT only when authorized to do so by the VRT membership, and shall not commit the Round Table to any action or philosophy by any declaration of policy.
Section 3. A group requesting Affiliate status shall submit a short statement of its membership, purpose, goals, and duration of operation to the VRT Secretary. Affiliates shall report their ongoing activities to the VRT Secretary at least once a year. If an Affiliate disbands, they shall report this acting to the VRT Secretary.
Section 1. The VRT shall publish information about its activities in appropriate print and online sources, as recommended by the Communications Committee and determined by the Executive Committee. Publications shall be free to all VRT members in good standing.
Section 2. Communication about VRT activities shall be overseen by Communications Committee and supported by the chair of that Committee. The Committee shall seek out and use established as well as new and emerging forms of communication to reach current and future VRT members.
Section 3. These publications shall adhere to the policies of the ALA in accordance with Section 10 of the ALA Policy Manual and all applicable regulations.
Current revision drafted February 2, 2009.
Approved May, 2009.
ALA Video Round Table Bylaws Committee
- Carleton Jackson, University of Maryland
- Nell Chenault, Virginia Commonwealth University
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