Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association
BYLAWS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHAPTER, INCORPORATED
OF THE MEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED
Adopted October 1978;
Revised October 1982; Revised November 1985; Revised November 1990; Revised July 1999; Revised December 2003; Revised July 2006
July 2008 Revision
ARTICLE I - NAME AND BOUNDARIES
Section 1. Name. The name of this organization shall be the Pacific Northwest Chapter (PNC/MLA), Incorporated, a Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Incorporated.
Section 2. Boundaries. The boundaries of this Chapter shall be the States of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, and the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The purpose of the Pacific Northwest Chapter/Medical Library Association is to promote excellence and leadership of health information professionals through education, research and communications; to foster the utilization of information systems and services in support of informed health care decision making; to promote cooperation among library/information services; and to represent Chapter members' interests to MLA and other groups and agencies.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Members. Both members and non-members of the Medical Library Association may belong to this Chapter.
Section 2. Classes of Membership:
Classes of membership shall be Individual, Institutional, Student, Honorary Lifetime, Emeritus, and Non-Working.
Section 3. Rights and Privileges
- Individual members shall be library or information services staff not designated as the institutional representative.
- Institutional members shall be health care or academic institutions, research facilities, government agencies or other entities providing health or health-related information services. Each institution shall designate an individual to serve as its representative. That representative shall receive the same rights and privileges as an individual member. Only institutional members may participate in group purchasing activities.
- Student members must be currently enrolled in a Library, Information Science, or Informatics degree program.
- Honorary Lifetime Members are retired members of the Chapter who are so designated by vote of the Executive Board in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Chapter and the profession. They are exempt from payment of annual dues.
- Emeritus members are Individual or Institutional members who have retired from active professional work. Their annual dues shall be at the same rate as Student members.
- Non-working members are Individual or Institutional members who are involuntarily unemployed. Their annual dues shall be at the same rate as Student members.
A. Voting members of this Chapter shall consist of all members, except that only Voting members of the Medical Library Association shall be qualified to move or to vote on recommendations to the Chapter Council regarding MLA policies or actions, to vote on the selection of a candidate for the MLA Nominating Committee, or to vote on the selection of the Chapter's representative and Alternative Representative to the Chapter Council.
B. Officers of this Chapter shall be voting members of the Medical Library Association.
Section 4. Dues
A. Chapter dues may not exceed MLA dues for Regular Members. Dues shall be determined by majority vote of the members of the Chapter.
B. Chapter dues shall be payable on joining the Chapter and thereafter (on notification by the Chapter) on December 31 for the following year.
C. Dues shall be assessed on an annual basis for the period of one fiscal year.
D. The fiscal year of this Chapter shall be the calendar year.
E. Individuals who have not paid annual dues by March 1 shall be dropped from the Chapter roll without further notice and any Chapter positions held by such individuals shall be considered vacated.
ARTICLE IV - ELECTIVE OFFICERS
Section 1. Officers and terms of office
A. The elective officers of the Chapter shall be the Chair, Chair-Elect, Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past Chair, Chapter Representative to the MLA Chapter Council, and Alternate Chapter Representative.
B. The Chair-Elect shall serve one year in that capacity, one year as Chair, and one year as Immediate Past Chair. The Recording Secretary shall serve for one year. The Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Chapter Representative, and Alternate Chapter Representative shall each serve for three years.
Section 2. Duties
A. The duties of the elective officers shall be those enumerated below, as well such other duties as are specified in the current edition of the PNC/MLA Responsibility Manual, by these Bylaws, or by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Chapter.
B. The duties of the Chair shall be to preside over all meetings, to represent the Chapter at all times and on all occasions not in conflict with any other officer's defined duties and responsibilities, and to submit an Annual Report to MLA Headquarters by the date requested.
C. The duties of the Chair.Elect shall be to serve as Chair whenever the Chair is not able to do so and to solicit members for all committee assignments.
D. The duties of the Recording Secretary shall be to attend and keep minutes of all Board meetings and to prepare the minutes for distribution.
E. The duties of the Membership Secretary shall be to maintain the current Chapter membership listing, to respond to the MLA compliance survey in cooperation with the PNC Chapter Council Representative, to send renewal forms to the membership, to welcome all new members, to chair the Membership Committee, and to serve as chapter representative on the MLA Membership Committee.
F. The duties of the Treasurer shall be to maintain the financial records of the Chapter, to manage the Chapter accounts, to prepare an annual budget, and to prepare the financial report for the annual business meeting.
G. The duties of the Immediate Past-Chair shall be to serve as Chair of the Nominating and Elections Committee and to select members for that committee, to review and revise the PNC Responsibility Manual, and to advise and assist the Chair as requested.
H. The duties of the Representative to the Chapter Council shall be to represent the Chapter on the MLA Chapter Council by attending the meetings of the Council, to transmit to the Council recommendations that have been approved by the Chapter, to communicate Council business to the officers and membership of the Chapter, and to assist the Membership Secretary in submitting compliance information to MLA.
I. The duties of the Alternate Representative to the Chapter Council shall be to attend the meetings of the Chapter Council if possible, to serve as Representative whenever the Representative is unable to do so, to assume the office of Representative, and to serve out the unexpired term should the Representative become unable to complete the term of office.
Section 3. Vacancies.
A. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Chair, the Chair-Elect shall assume the office, to serve the remainder of the vacated term plus the regular term as Chair.
B. A vacancy occurring in the offices of Chair-Elect, Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, MLA Nominating Committee candidate, or Alternate Chapter Representative shall be filled by appointment by the Executive Board.
C. If the Chapter Representative is unable to complete the term of office or becomes Chair of the Chapter Council, the Chapter Alternate shall serve the remainder of the Representative's term.
D. A member appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve the remainder of the term for that office, except that a member appointed to fill a vacancy in the position of Chair-Elect shall have the title of Vice Chair and shall not automatically succeed to the office of Chair, and a special election shall be held for the succeeding Chair. A vacancy in the office of Immediate Past Chair shall not be filled
E. Vacancies not covered by these Bylaws shall be filled in a manner determined by the Executive Board.
Section 4. Restrictions. A member may not hold elective office for more than three consecutive years, except that past service under an appointment to fill a vacancy shall not be counted. A member may not hold more that one elective office at a time, and an elective officer may not be appointed to fill a vacancy in another elective office.
Section 5. Responsibility Manual. The Responsibility manual shall delineate the responsibilities of the Executive Board, the Newsletter Editor, the Archivist, and the Committee Chairs. The Executive Board is responsible for updating this manual on an annual basis.
ARTICLE V - EXECUTIVE BOARD
Section 1. Members. The Chapter Chair, Chair-Elect or Vice Chair, Recording Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past Chair, Chapter Representative, and Alternate Chapter Representative shall constitute the Executive Board. The newsletter editor shall serve as ex-officio member.
Section 2. Duties The Executive Board shall have general supervision of the affairs of this Chapter between its Business Meetings, fix the time and place of meetings, make recommendations to the membership, and shall perform such other duties as are specified in the Responsibility Manual, by these bylaws, or by the adopted parliamentary authority.
Section 3. Meetings. The Chair shall call Executive Board meetings or arrange to confer or consult with the Executive Board members, as required. The Executive Board may confer and vote by mail, telephone, or other communication, and need not hold meetings that would require officers to travel.
Section 4. Voting. Any action by the Executive Board must have approval of a majority of the members of the Executive Board, counting the Chair. The Chair may vote in any case in which his or her vote would affect the result.
Section 5. Number of Votes. In voting in the Executive Board, each Board member shall have one vote.
ARTICLE VI - ELECTIONS AND VOTING
Section 1. Elections. To conduct Chapter elections, the Immediate Past Chair shall serve as Chair of a Nominating and Elections Committee and shall select members for the Committee, subject to approval of the Executive Board. The Committee shall have one member, including the Committee Chair, from each State and Province in the Chapter's territory that has five or more Chapter members. No member of the Nominating and Elections Committee may be nominated by the Committee for an elective position.
Section 2. Sequence. The sequence of elections shall ordinarily be to elect a Chair-Elect, a Recording Secretary, and an MLA Nominating Committee candidate each year; and, in addition, to elect in successive years, in a three-year cycle, a Chapter Representative and an Alternate Chapter Representative, in one year, a Membership Secretary, in the next year, and a Treasurer, in the following year.
Section 3. Slate of Candidates. The Nominating and Elections Committee shall name a slate of at least one candidate, two if possible, for each position to be filled and distribute notice of its nominations to Chapter members at least 30 days before ballots are to be distributed. All candidates placed in nomination must have submitted, to the Chair of the Nominating and Elections Committee, a written statement of their willingness to serve if elected.
Section 4. Additional Candidates. Additional candidates may be nominated by petition, provided that any such petition has been signed by at least five Chapter members qualified to vote for the position and such petition, accompanied by a written statement from the candidate of his or her willingness to serve if elected, has been received by the Chair of the Nominating and Elections Committee at least 30 days before ballots are distributed.
Section 5. Method of Voting. The Nominating and Elections Committee shall mail ballots to members at least 30 days before ballots are to be counted. To be counted, ballots must be received by the Chair of the Nominating and Elections Committee by the date announced on the ballot.
Section 6. Counting of Ballots. Ballots shall be counted by the Nominating and Elections Committee Chair two weeks before the Chapter Annual Meeting. Ballot count will be verified by the Nominating and Elections Committee before the business portion of the Chapter annual meeting.
Section 7. Results. Candidates shall be declared elected upon receiving a majority of the votes cast. Where there are more than two candidates, a plurality shall elect. In the case of a tie, the election shall be determined by lot. The results of the election shall be announced by the Chair of the Nominating and Elections Committee at the Annual Meeting.
Section 8. Taking of Office. Newly elected officers shall take office on the following January 1, except where MLA Bylaws or instructions may provide otherwise for the Chapter Representative and Alternate Chapter Representative or for the MLA Nominating Committee member. Promptly after the election, the Recording Secretary shall forward a listing of the next year's Chapter officers to MLA Headquarters
Section 9. Membership Records. The Membership Secretary shall make Chapter membership records available to the Nominating and Elections Committee, including records of the membership status in MLA.
Section 10. MLA Nominating Committee Candidate.
A. In the same election in which Chapter officers are elected, the Chapter shall elect a candidate for consideration by the Chapter Council as a nominee for the MLA Nominating Committee.
B. Only a Chapter member who is also a Voting Member or Fellow in MLA may be elected as Chapter candidate for the MLA Nominating Committee.
C. The name of the Chapter candidate for the MLA Nominating Committee shall be forwarded, by the Chapter Representative, to the Chapter Council before its final assembly at the MLA annual meeting and shall be accompanied by a biographical statement and signed statement of willingness to serve if elected, from the candidate. If, before the Chapter Council's selection is made, it is known that the Chapter candidate will be unable to serve if elected, the Executive Board shall appoint another member as the Chapter candidate.
D. No person shall consent to being Chapter candidate for the MLA Nominating Committee who has already agreed to be a candidate representing some other unit of MLA; no candidate for the MLA Nominating Committee shall also be a candidate for an elective office of MLA, or vice versa. No one shall serve on the MLA Nominating Committee as a voting member more than one term during a period of five years.
ARTICLE VII - COMMITTEES AND APPOINTIVE POSITIONS
Section 1. Appointment. The Executive Board shall appoint the Chair and members of Chapter standing committees, who shall serve for the calendar year and may be reappointed by the succeeding Executive Board. Neither the Chair nor the Chair-Elect shall serve on or appoint members to the Nominating Committee.
Section 2. Standing Committees. The Executive Board shall establish standing committees to consider matters of the Chapter that require continuity of attention by the members. The Executive Board shall recommend the name and size of each committee, with input from the membership as appropriate.
Section 3. Other Committee Appointments. Other committees may be appointed by the Executive Board or in such manner as may be directed by vote of the membership.
Section 4. Eligibility of Chairs. Only Chapter members who are also Voting Members, Fellows, or Institutional Representatives in MLA may serve as Chair of Chapter committees.
Section 5. Newsletter Editor and Archivist. A Newsletter Editor and a Chapter Archivist shall be appointed by the Executive Board.
Section 6. Liaison with MLA Committees. Chapter committees shall maintain close liaison with any related MLA committees and conform to MLA standards and policies where MLA matters are concerned.
Section 7. Parliamentarian. The Chair may appoint a member to be Parliamentarian.
ARTICLE VIII – FINANCES
Section 1. Budget. In the first quarter of the calendar year, the Executive Board shall adopt a Chapter budget for the current year. A copy of the budget shall be published in the Chapter newsletter, accompanied by any appropriate explanatory material and the Treasurer's report for the preceding calendar year.
Section 2. Reserve Fund. The Chapter shall maintain a reserve fund to cover unanticipated expenses.
ARTICLE IX- ANNUAL MEETING
Section 1. Time. The Chapter annual meeting shall ordinarily be held in the Fall. Notice of the meeting shall be disseminated to the membership at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting date.
Section 2. Place. At least one meeting shall be held each year. The Executive Board shall attempt to rotate the meeting sites, year-by-year, in a way that is equitable and reasonable with regard to members' convenience and expenses in attending
Section 3. Quorum. At the Chapter annual meeting, twenty-five members shall constitute a quorum.
Section 4. Joint Meetings. The Executive Board may establish a policy for joint meetings, detailing frequency and expectations for fiscal and organizational responsibility.
ARTICLE X - PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the Chapter in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws and any special rules of order the Chapter may adopt.
ARTICLE XI - AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the membership voting, provided that the text of any proposed amendment has been distributed to the members at least thirty days before the vote is taken.
ARTICLE XII. Dissolution
In the event of dissolution of this Chapter, all liabilities and obligations shall be paid or adequate provision made for payment. Any assets not so disposed shall be disposed of by consensus of the Executive Board of the Chapter to one or more organizations that at the time qualify under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or the corresponding provisions of any United States internal revenue law). No funds shall benefit any individual member of the Chapter. If no consensus is met, remaining assets shall be distributed to the Medical Library Association, Inc. within six months as long as the Medical Library Association, Inc. shall qualify as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Chapter charter shall be returned to MLA Headquarters.