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1. Constitution


Updated 10/29/03


Article I. Name

The name of this organization shall be the College Librarians and Media Specialists (CLAMS) of Washington State.

Amended 5/7/95, changed from CCLAMS.

Article II. Objectives

The objectives of this organization shall be:

1. To promote the professions of Librarianship and Education Media

2. To raise the quality of community college library services

3. To investigate library and media developments and practices in order to meet the needs of the

instructional program

4. To promote interlibrary cooperation

5. To provide a means of idea sharing

6. To promote fellowship and harmony among librarians and media specialists

7. To encourage systematic recruitment into all phases of both professions

8. To work cooperatively with the Library and Media Directors' Council (LMDC) in matters of system-

wide concern

9. To promote integration and cooperation of library and media services into the college programs

Article III. Membership

Membership shall be of three classes: active, associate, and honorary.

Article IV. Officers

The officers of this organization shall consist of a President, a President Elect, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. No officer shall be eligible to more than two consecutive terms in the same office.

Amended 10/96 to separate Secretary and Treasurer positions.

Article V. Elections

Section 1.

A committee on nominations consisting of three members shall be appointed by the Executive Board in January. The President shall designate one of the appointees to serve as committee chair. The committee shall be responsible for securing nominations for President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer, when appropriate, and President, if the incumbent President-Elect will not serve as president the following year.

Section 2.

Elections shall be held at the general meeting in Spring. Members who cannot be present may vote by absentee ballot. Terms of office are one year for President, President-Elect and Secretary and two years for Treasurer.

Amended 5/1/98, term of secretary changed to 1 yr. Amended 10/25/01, election procedures modified to reflect current practice.

Section 3.

A slate of nominees will be presented by the President electronically on the CLAMS listserv four weeks before the Spring Meeting, and a call for further nominations will be made at the Spring Meeting so that the assembly may nominate other people for office besides the nominees presented by the election committee. In the case of a contested race, a ballot may be prepared at the Spring Meeting. A vote shall be taken. Members unable to attend the Spring Meeting may obtain an absentee ballot by contacting the election committee chair. Absentee ballots shall contain provision for write-in candidates, not only the names of nominees submitted by the election committee. Absentee ballots must be received by the election committee chair before the Spring meeting so that they can be counted. Only active members are eligible to vote. The election committee chair shall inform the President of the election results. Results of the election will be announced by the President.

Amended 10/25/01, election procedures modified to reflect current practice.

Section 4.

If any elected position becomes vacant, with the exception of that of President, the remaining members of the Board shall choose a member to fill the vacancy for the unexpired part of the term.

Section 5.

If the office of President is vacated, the President-Elect shall automatically become President.

Article VI. Meetings

Meetings of this organization shall be in the Fall and Spring unless otherwise ordered by the organization or the Executive Board. Meetings shall be held in various geographical locations of the state with an effort made to balance travel of members.

Article VII. Amendment

This constitution and its bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting. It may also be amended in a special meeting called for that purpose, with one month's notice in writing and a two-thirds vote. It may also be amended by telephone or mailed vote if two-thirds of the total membership concur with the proposed amendment.