STS Manual: Organization Chart


Executive Committee: The Executive Committee provides direction for the attainment of the objectives of the Section. The Executive Committee conducts the business of the Section during the period between section meetings in accordance with the rules of ALA and ACRL. The Executive Committee is composed of the Chair, Chair-Elect, Immediate Past-Chair, Secretary, the Publicity Officer, and two members-at-large..

STS Council: The STS Council serves as an advisory body to the Chair and the Executive Committee, acting as a channel of information and discussion to the committees and membership at large. STS Council is composed of all the members of the Executive Committee and chairs of all committees, Discussion Groups and Task Forces.

All committees report to the Executive Committee and membership through their chairs at the STS council meetings and/or the annual membership meetings.

STS Committees and Discussion Groups as of June 2008:

STS Committee Responsibilities
Committee Charge
Assessment (5-12 members): Provide focus, direction and leadership in the key areas of assessment for the Section. Identify and maintain communication with other committees and units in ALA focusing on assessment. Sponsor and support activities, programs, or discussion groups in efforts to inform and provide perspective on assessment. Compile and update templates for the assessment of STS programs and discussion groups as well as templates for outgoing/incoming chairs of STS committees and discussion groups
Conference Program Planning I and II (7-10 members each): Plan the program and reception for the next conferences. Local representation required. Two committees are always at work so that plans are made well in advance.
Continuing Education (5-9 members): Coordinate, promote and encourage all continuing education efforts within the section.
Government Information (6-10 members): Serve as a focus for STS member concerns about science and technology government issues and cooperate with other ACRL and ALA legislative groups as appropriate.
Membership and Recruitment (6 members): To maintain a history of members' participation and maintain lists of volunteers for the nominating committee's use and for the vice-chair to assure a balance of appointments, both in the number of appointments of each individual member and in percentages of experienced versus new members. Create and update a recruitment brochure. Publish the list of committees and their members for the Executive Committee and STS council.
 Information Literacy (6-9 members) Provide, evaluate and/or develop resources for advancing information literacy in science and engineering (e.g. models for assessing student performance, teaching methods, instructional design, and tips for working with faculty on instruction-related issues.)  Serve as a liaison to other instruction-oriented groups as appropriate (e.g. IS, ILAC, etc.)  Committee chair serves as liaison to ACRL Information Literacy Advisory Committee
 Liaison (3 members) Promote and coordinate the work of the STS Liaisons to different professional groups with which STS has established formal and informal relationships and provide information sharing within the Section that may lead to collaboration and exchange. Liaisons will be chosen by the two committee co-chairs and a third member who is not currently acting as an STS liaison.
 Membership and Recruitment (6 members) Send welcoming communications to new members.  Create and update a recruitment brochure. Plan and implement the New Members Orientation.
Nominating (3-4 members): Create a slate of candidates for the Executive Committee.
Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural Sciences (5-7 members): Solicit nominees, select the winner and administer the Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural Sciences.
Organization and Planning (7-9 members): Provide long-range direction for the section. Propose new activities and review suggestions from the membership. Revise the section manual as necessary.
Publications (7-11 members): Coordinate the section's publishing activities. This includes writing, editing and publishing the section newsletter and other documents produced by the Section as a whole, regardless of their format. Serve as a resource for the publishing needs of STS committees.
Research  (8-10 members): Plan conference forums for ALA meetings. Investigate and provide a forum for science and technology librarians to share ideas about new directions in science librarianship, research in progress and current topics of interest.
Subject and Bibliographic Access to Science Materials (5-8 members): Provide a forum for exchange of information relating to bibliographic and subject access to science and technology materials. Serve as a channel/clearinghouse for concerns, problems, issues. For issues that can be resolved, propose projects and present them to the Organization and Planning Committee.


STS Discussion Group Responsibilities
Discussion Group Charge
College Science Librarians (2 co-chairs): Provide a forum for discussion of issues of concern to college science libraries at ALA Annual.
Hot Topics (2 co-chairs; 2 members): Provide a forum for and facilitate discussion of current issues of concern to science and technology librarians.  A hot topic forum will be held at both ALA Annual and ALA Midwinter with different discussion topics.
Publisher/Vendor Relations (2 co-chairs): Serve as a channel for exchanging information between science and technology publishers and vendors and science and technology librarians.  Also provide a forum at ALA Midwinter for a discussion of relevant issues.

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