Steps for Forming a New Round Table

  1. Assemble a core group (you need at least two people, one who will serve as President, and one who will serve as Treasurer) Ideally you should have enough people to populate a board for the group, including someone who is committed to serving as President in year-two.
  2. Craft a statement of purpose.  What is the goal / mission statement for the group?
  3. Circulate a Round Table Formation Petition (see template) – you need to collect at least 25 signatures from current NYLA members – if you have a slate of officers that should be included on your petition
  4. Submit your petition, along with your statement of purpose and slate of officers to the NYLA Council for approval


Once approved you will need to:

  1. Complete and submit by-laws for your new Round Table (within one year)
  2. Have each officer (and ideally all petition signers) join the new Round Table @ $10 each


The following actions by NYLA are triggered upon approval by Council:

  1. Establishment of a financial account for the Round Table
  2. Addition of the new Round Table to membership forms, both in print and online
  3. Set-up of a Round Table webpage on the site
  4. Set-up of a listserv to serve the Round Table members
  5. The new Round Table will be eligible to sponsor programming at the current year NYLA Annual Conference provided that the group is approved prior to June 1


Any proposed new round table cannot impede on the purpose of any existing section or roundtable.  NYLA can help promote and circulate your petition.


Petition Template

A motion has been advanced by NYLA Members , and , to create a new NYLA Roundtable to represent .

Round Table (acronym)

Purpose: To support , and to assist in advancing NYLA's mission.

By signing this petition I hereby affirm my support the formation of a of the New York Library Association.

Signature                            Date

Printed Name:

Please return this completed form to NYLA via fax or hard copy, via the address above.