Can Ex Officio Board members be liaisons?
Here's a quick analysis question for the group! Take a look at the bylaws re: Board liaisons to committees, specifically the Parliamentarian (Chair of bylaws, ie: me). At the Board Meeting at ALA Annual 2013, when the discussion of liaisons to committees came up, I remarked that, if Cindi were interested, that the bylaws allowed ex officio members of the Board to act as liaisons as well, even though this had not been past practice.
After the fact, there was a question about whether or not that was the case, as someone interpreted the "..shall..." phrase in the description of the Parliamentarian as a limitation on that member's power on the Board, and not as a descriptor or enabling phrase. Thus rendering the role of liaison not available to the Parliamentarian.
SO! Your logical analysis question of the day is: Can the Parliamentarian be a Committee Liaison to the Board? Can other ex officio members of the board be liaisons?
Show your work.