Sending this message on behalf of the ALA Constitution and Bylaws Committee Chair, Brian E. C. Schottlaender
January 13, 2023
Dear ALA Colleague,
On behalf of the ALA Committee on Constitution and Bylaws (C&B), I am pleased to share with you DRAFT 4 of the General Revision of the ALA Bylaws currently being undertaken by C&B. You may access the revision here.
This fourth draft is the final one to be published before the upcoming face-to-face Bylaws Convention to be held on January 27 during the ALA Library Learning Experience (LLX) event in New Orleans. It is during that Convention that we plan to put the finishing touches on the General Revision for Council approval. Following that, the ALA membership will be invited on the 2023 spring ballot to vote on both the rescission of the Constitution and the adoption of the new Bylaws.
As a reminder, the ALA Council has now twice voted overwhelmingly in the affirmative to rescind the ALA Constitution and tasked C&B with creating instead a thoroughly revised set of ALA Bylaws that integrates content from the Constitution into a single updated Bylaws document that reflects a modern, forward-looking Association. Included in this General Revision are any TAG (Transforming ALA Governance Task Force) recommendations that have thus far been approved by Council.
As with Drafts 1-3, DRAFT 4 includes high-level annotations for substantive revisions and/or recommendations. Revisions made for purposes of clarity and/or organization have not been annotated as the intent of the language has not been changed. In addition to the text of the General Revision, DRAFT 4 includes an Appendix (Appendix A), which lists Articles and Sections from the ALA Constitution and ALA Bylaws not included in the General Revision of the ALA Bylaws because, either, they are considered no longer relevant, or, because they are being recommended for inclusion in the ALA Policy Manual.
With the publication of this final pre-Bylaws Convention DRAFT, the Constitution & Bylaws Committee is poised to receive requested amendments to the draft. Proposed amendments may be submitted here: https://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/council/motionwebform
The Constitution and Bylaws Committee is eager to receive as many amendments as possible before the Bylaws Convention so that we may triage the proposals ahead of time to facilitate their discussion in New Orleans. We are asking, therefore, that councilors make every effort to submit amendments by Sunday, January 22.
We are looking forward to our discussions during the Bylaws Convention and to bringing to closure this part of our continuing effort to craft together a modern, forward-looking professional association.
With my best,
Brian E. C. Schottlaender, Chair
ALA Constitution and Bylaws Committee
ALA Bylaws General Revision DRAFT 4
Appendix A: Articles and Sections Not Included in the ALA Bylaws General Revision
p.s. For reference, the current ALA Constitution and Bylaws can be found via these highlighted weblinks.
I hope you received my earlier direct message as well – before I had been added to the Council Community. It more or less said what Aaron said!
My best, Brian S.