BYLAWS OF THE NETWORK OF ALABAMA ACADEMIC LIBRARIES
Revised December 16, 2011
The name of this organization shall be the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL).
The office of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries shall be located in the Alabama Commission on Higher Education in accordance with an agreement negotiated between the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) and the members of the Network.
The fiscal year shall begin on the first day of October and end on the last day of September.
The purpose of NAAL shall be to coordinate the collective resources of academic libraries to enhance graduate education and research.
All the powers and duties of the Network are vested in the Advisory Council and its Executive Council. All the business and affairs of the Network shall be subject to the management and control of the Advisory Council.
Classes of Members. The Network of Alabama Academic Libraries is an unincorporated consortium of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and eligible academic institutions of higher education offering graduate education. Both publicly-funded and privately-supported institutions offering graduate education may serve as general members. In addition, other academic institutions offering graduate education and research libraries not affiliated with educational institutions may join as nonvoting cooperative members.
Qualifications for Eligibility for Membership.
General members of the Network include the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and Alabama colleges and universities that:
(b) Cooperative Members. Cooperative members are those libraries that contribute to the support of graduate education, including private, public, state, and federal agency libraries.
Application for Membership. The Network of Alabama Academic Libraries will consider applications for general or cooperative membership from those Alabama colleges and universities or institutions that are qualified for membership. The following criteria apply:
Approval of New Members. Applications for membership will be processed by NAAL's Membership Committee and submitted to the full membership of the Advisory Council for action. Election to membership requires a two-thirds favorable vote by the entire general membership. If approved for membership, all new general members must remit a nonrecurring initial membership fee. The amount per headcount student enrolled at the beginning of the academic year preceding election to membership shall be set annually by the Advisory Council. No dues or membership fees are assessed for cooperative members.
Maintenance and Loss of Good Standing. The Membership Committee shall review annually the roster of existing members on the Advisory Council to ascertain whether or not the general and cooperative members continue to meet qualifications or eligibility criteria for their classification of membership as set out in Section 2 of this article, abide by the policies and procedures adopted by the Network, including proper accounting for all funds received by it from the Network, and continue to participate in the Network. In the event of a negative finding, the Committee shall report such finding and the reasons for it to the Advisory Council for its consideration. The Advisory Council shall have the authority to take whatever action it deems appropriate, including the setting of specific conditions for continued membership or the revocation of membership. Expulsion from membership requires a two-thirds vote of the entire general membership.
Voting. The membership of the Advisory Council shall include one voting representative appointed by each general member and one nonvoting representative appointed by each cooperative member. Any member may change the designation of its representative to the Advisory Council or may designate a temporary substitute to the meetings of the Council. Such new representative shall have the same rights of participating as did the predecessor representative.
Resignation. The chief executive officer of a member institution may withdraw the institution from membership in the Network by writing to the director and stating the intent of the institution to withdraw. The resignation will be effective upon its acceptance at the next regular meeting of the Executive Council or the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes first.
Number and Designation, Term. The officers of the Network shall be a chairman and a vice-chairman each of whom shall be elected by the voting members of the Network as hereinafter provided.
Election, Nominations, Term of Office, Vacancies, Resignation, Duties.
Staff. The Advisory Council shall recommend to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education through its executive director the appointment of a director, who shall serve as the chief executive officer of the Network. Other staff may be appointed as necessary to fulfil the purpose of the Network. The Executive Council shall recommend to ACHE the director's compensation and the size, composition, and compensation of the director's staff. It shall annually evaluate the professional performance of the director and report its findings to the Advisory Council and to the executive director of ACHE.
Regular Meetings. The Advisory Council shall meet at least once each year. Its annual meeting shall be held each year, normally during the month of October, at a specific date, time, and place to be designated by notice to each member at least ten (10) calendar days before each annual meeting.
Special Meetings. Meetings of the Advisory Council may be called by the chairman or upon petition by any four representatives of general members of the Association. Written notice of all meetings must be mailed to each representative to the Council at least ten (10) calendar days prior to such meeting. Such notice shall include a proposed agenda for the meeting.
Quorum. A quorum for any meeting of the council shall consist of a majority of the representatives of general members. Action requires approval of a majority of the representatives present, unless otherwise provided in these bylaws.
Action Without A Meeting. Any action required or permitted to be taken at a meeting of either the Advisory Council, the Executive Council, or any committee may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, setting forth the action so taken or to be taken, shall be signed by all of the voting members thereof. Such consent shall have the same effect as a unanimous vote. A negative vote nullifies such action until the matter is considered at a subsequent meeting.
Composition. The business and affairs of the Network between meetings of the Advisory Council are entrusted to and shall be managed by an Executive Council composed of representatives of general members as follows:
Powers of the Executive Council. The Executive Council shall supervise the normal and routine business and affairs of the Network. It shall have general supervision of the affairs of the Network between meetings of the Advisory Council, fix the hour and place of meetings, make recommendations to the Network, and shall perform such other duties as are specified by these Bylaws. The Executive Council shall be subject to the orders of the Advisory Council and none of its acts shall conflict with action taken by the Advisory Council. The Council is authorized and empowered to perform any function of the Advisory Council where an emergency exists before a meeting of the Advisory Council can be held. The Executive Council shall prepare a recommended annual budget for the support of NAAL to be submitted to the Advisory Council for review, revision, approval and submission to ACHE.
Such budget shall be based upon the provisions of the memorandum of agreement between NAAL and ACHE for the operation of NAAL. It shall perform other functions as may be assigned to it from time to time by the Advisory Council. The Executive Council shall report its actions to the Advisory Council at its next meeting for confirmation or whatever action the Advisory Council wishes to take.
Term of Office, Vacancy. The members shall be elected for a one-year term at a meeting of the Advisory Council. They may succeed themselves and shall serve until their successors are elected. In the event a vacancy on the Executive Council occurs between meetings of the Advisory Council, the Executive Council shall elect a successor representative from an institution in the category in which the vacancy occurs. Such election shall be for the balance of the term remaining when the vacancy occurred and shall be reported to the Advisory Council at its next meeting for concurrence or its election of another representative to the Executive Council.
Meetings. The Executive Council shall meet quarterly at a date, time, and place designated by the chairman. In addition, the chairman or any two (2) members of the Council may call special meetings. Written notice of all meetings must be mailed to all members of the Executive Council at least ten (10) calendar days before each meeting together with a copy of the proposed agenda.
Quorum. A majority of the membership of the Executive Council shall constitute a quorum. A majority vote of those present at a meeting shall be required for action to be taken.
Standing Committees. Standing committees shall be appointed, as deemed necessary to carry out the objectives of the Network. The chairman, with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, shall appoint the chairman of such committees, and, with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, shall appoint such members as are deemed necessary to carry out the charge to the committee. The chairman shall be an ex officio member of all standing committees.
Membership Committee. There shall be a Membership Committee composed of three (3) members of the Executive Council, appointed by the chairman of the Network. The Membership Committee shall review all applications for membership in the Network and make recommendations thereon to the Advisory Council. The Membership Committee shall review annually the roster of existing members of the Network to ascertain whether or not each member continues to meet qualifications for its classification of membership as set out in Section 2, Article III of these bylaws, is abiding by the policies and procedures adopted by the Network, including proper accounting for all funds received by it from the Network, and is actively participating in the affairs of the Network. In the event of a negative finding, the Committee shall report such fact to the Advisory Council, together with the reasons therefore, for consideration of the Advisory Council. The Advisory Council shall have the authority to take whatever action it deems appropriate, including the setting of specific conditions for continued membership or the revocation of membership. Expulsion from membership requires a two-thirds vote of the entire general membership.
Special Committees. Such other committees, standing or special, shall be appointed by the chairman as the Advisory Council or the Executive Council shall from time to time deem necessary to carry on the work of the Network. The chairman shall be an ex officio member of such other committees.
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Network 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 Network may adopt.
These bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Advisory Council by a two-thirds vote of the entire general membership, provided that a written notice of the substance of the proposed amendment has been provided to the representatives at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the meeting at which the amendment is to be presented for action.
Any General Member of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries or any applicant for such membership may appeal any decision of the Advisory Council relating to its membership status, the distribution of funds among the General Members, or the rejection of an application for membership.
Membership and other special fees of the Network shall be maintained in a fund known as the Contingency Fund and shall be used to finance expenditures not appropriate to, or as a supplement to, state appropriations. An amount not to exceed the income earned annually on the principal may be expended each year for purposes approved by the Executive Council. Expenditures exceeding the annual income will require the approval of the Advisory Council. Any income unexpended at the end of each fiscal year will become part of the corpus sum. The Executive Council may appoint a fiscal agent to administer the Contingency Fund.
These bylaws are intended to be consistent with the provisions of the Organizational Agreement and the Plan of Organization for the Network as executed by the chief executive officers of the general member institutions and distributed by the executive director of ACHE. Nevertheless, in the event of any inconsistency, the provision of these bylaws shall prevail.
Network of Alabama Academic Libraries
Adopted on June 16, 1987 and effective on October 1, 1987, or as soon thereafter as possible; Revised, June 16, 1987; July 27, 1988; January 25, 1989, August 8, 1991, November 14, 2003, December 16, 2011.
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