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IFRT Proposed Bylaws Changes: Understanding Your Upcoming IFRT Ballot

  • 1.  IFRT Proposed Bylaws Changes: Understanding Your Upcoming IFRT Ballot

    Posted Jan 13, 2020 03:24 PM
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    Understanding Your IFRT Ballot

    This coming election cycle (April 2020) you will see multiple questions about some proposed changes to the bylaws of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table. These proposed changes are due in large part to deadline changes from the broader ALA organization creating ripple effects. While the Bylaws & Organization Committee of IFRT was reviewing the bylaws to account for these new ALA deadlines they also found other parts of Article IV, Section 5 that could be clearer. The proposed changes are designed to make the entire section about the Nominating Committee easier to understand.

    The current IFRT bylaws are available on the IFRT website at: http://www.ala.org/rt/ifrt/bylaws.

    There are 5 items that will appear on the ballot to represent the 5 changes that were proposed. The five items you will see on the ballot are:

    • Clarifying the responsibilities of IFRT's Nominating Committee regarding elections.
    • Describing the responsibilities of IFRT's Executive Committee during the election.
    • Elaborating on the nomination process.
    • Omitting the deadline of January 15th from the IFRT Bylaws.
    • Clarifying the process of how a candidate is elected in an IFRT election.


    The Bylaws and Organization Committee would be happy to answer questions! @Sam Helmick @Wanda Huffaker @Emily Knox @Clare Membiela @Edgar Mosshamer @Angela Ocana @Steph Barnaby​​​​​​​

    Stephanie Barnaby
    Evening Library Supervisor | Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries
    IFRT Director at Large