Business Librarianship in North Carolina (BLINC)

ARTICLE I.  NAME

The name of this organization shall be Business Librarianship in North Carolina (BLINC), a section of the North Carolina Library Association.

ARTICLE II.  OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this organization shall be (a) to unite members of the North Carolina Library Association interested in business reference services and business collection development, (b) to encourage participation in business librarianship, (c) to provide an opportunity for education, training, and exchange of information in business librarianship, and (d) to seek to fulfill the objectives of the North Carolina Library Association.

ARTICLE III.  MEMBERS

Members of the North Carolina Library Association who state a preference for this Section at the time of payment of dues shall become members.

ARTICLE IV.  OFFICERS

Section l.  The officers of this organization shall be: Chair, Vice-Chair, and a Secretary-Treasurer. 

Section 2.  They shall be elected biennially and shall serve for a two-year term, or until their successors are elected and have assumed their duties.

ARTICLE V.  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee shall consist of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, and the immediate past Chair.  The Executive Committee has general supervision of the affairs of the Section and shall have the power to act for the Section on administrative business.  The Executive Committee will appoint the Section’s representative to the Editorial Board of North Carolina Libraries.  A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of a majority of the Executive Committee, including the Chair or a designated substitute.  The Executive Committee shall meet at least twice a year.

ARTICLE VI.  MEETINGS

Section 1.  The annual meeting shall be held as a Section meeting of the biennial meeting of the North Carolina Library Association.

Section 2.  Special meetings may be called at the direction of the Chair, the Executive Committee, or upon written request.

Section 3.  A quorum for the transaction of the business of this Section shall consist of those present.

ARTICLE VII.  ELECTIONS

Section 1.  The Chair shall appoint a Committee on Nominations who will present a slate of candidates for each elective office, consent being secured form the nominees.  Any member or members of the Section may present a candidate or candidates for the elective offices of this Section provided (1) that they notify the Chair or committee chair of the Section of such action in writing, (2) that the consent of the nominees has been secured and so indicated on the notification, (3) the nominating petition be received by the Chair 10 weeks prior to the meeting for inclusion in the mail ballot. 

Section 2.  A mail ballot will be sent to all members at least six weeks prior to the NCLA biennial conference.  The return deadline shall be two weeks prior to the biennial conference.  A majority of returned ballots shall constitute an election.

ARTICLE VIII.  SPECIAL DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS

Section 1. The Chair shall serve as Chair of the Executive Committee. The Chair shall, with the Executive Committee, appoint such committees and define their duties as may be necessary to carry on the work of the Section.

Section 2. The Chair of the Section shall serve as ex officio member on all committees with the exception of the nominating committee.

Section 3. The Vice Chair shall assume the responsibilities and perform the duties of the Chair in the event of absence, death, disability or resignation.

Section 4. New committees may be created and old committees discontinued by the Executive Committee provided that such action is not contrary to the wishes of the membership of this Section as expressed at the most recent meeting of the Section.

Section 5. The Secretary-Treasurer shall perform the duties normally accepted for such office.

Section 6. In the event of death, disability, or resignation of any member of the Executive Committee, the Executive Committee shall fill such a vacancy or vacancies by the appointment of member to fill the unexpired term. Absence from three consecutive meetings of any member of the Executive Committee shall be considered as a resignation from the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE IX.  COMMITTEES

Section 1.  Committees may be created and old committees discontinued by the Executive Committee provided that such action is not contrary to the wishes of the membership of this Section as expressed at the most recent meeting of the Section.

Section 2. All committees shall be composed of members in good standing of NCLA/BLINC. They shall serve until their successors have taken office or until the committee is dissolved.

Section 3. Chairpersons of the standing committees shall be appointed for a term determined by the Chairperson unless otherwise directed. Standing committees of the Section shall be appointed for a term determined by the Chair in consultation with the committee chairpersons. Chairpersons may be appointed only with the approval of the Executive Committee.

Section 4. Special or ad hoc committees shall be created by the Chair as needed or upon the request of the Executive Committee. Unless otherwise directed, the Chair shall appoint the chairperson of each special or ad hoc committee, and in consultation with the Executive Committee shall appoint the members of each committee. Special or ad hoc committees shall exist for two years. Special or ad hoc committees may continue if approved by the Executive Committee.

Section 5. Committees shall maintain records of their proceedings and shall report on their activities at the biennial meeting and at such other times as they may be directed to do so by the Chair.

ARTICLE X. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

Section 1. Parliamentary authority for this Section shall be Robert's Rules of Order, latest edition.

Section 2. Nothing in these bylaws shall conflict with the Constitution and Bylaws of the North Carolina Library Association.

ARTICLE XI. AMENDMENTS

Amendments to these bylaws may be proposed in writing by any member of the organization. Proposals shall be sent to the Executive Committee for consideration and approval. Notice of the proposed revision must be sent to members at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting. A majority vote of the Section members attending and voting at the annual meeting is required for passage of the revision.

2/2005