NYLA Council and Committee Chair Duties

President

  • Appoints committee chairs and fills vacancies on committees.
  • Assists NYLA staff with selecting keynote and theme for conference.
  • Serves as chair of the Executive Committee.
  • Presides over and sets agenda for Council Meetings.
  • Serves on the Finance Committee.
  • Serves as ex-officio and non-voting member of all other committees.
  • Introduces Keynote Speaker at Conference.
  • Presides over Annual Membership Meeting at Conference.
  • Gives Farewell Address at Inaugural Banquet.
  • Authorized to co-sign NYLA checks.
  • Can appoint special ad-hoc committees/task forces for specified periods of time.

President-Elect

  • Serves on Finance Committee.
  • Serves on Executive Committee.
  • Serves on NYLA Council.
  • Serves as ex-officio and non-voting member of all other committees.
  • Gives Inaugural Address at Inaugural Banquet.

Past-President

  • Serves as chair of the Nominating Committee.
  • Serves as chair of the Awards Committee.
  • Serves on NYLA Council.
  • Serves on Finance Committee.
  • Serves on Executive Committee.

Treasurer

  • Serves as chair of the Finance Committee.
  • Serves on Executive Committee.
  • Serves on NYLA Council.
  • Receives and reviews monthly balance/financial statements and ledger..
  • Reports at NYL A Council meetings on association’s finances.
  • Authorized to co-sign checks.
  • Provides written financial report and summary at Annual Membership Meeting.
  • Works with staff to promote fundraising initiatives.
  • Reviews monthly financial ledger

Treasurer-Elect

  • Serves on NYLA Council.
  • Serves as non-voting member of Finance Committee.
  • Serves as non-voting member of the Executive Committee.

Councilors-at-Large

  • Serve on NYLA Council for a term of 3 years.
  • Serve as liaisons to NYLA Committees and affiliated organizations.

ALA Councilor

  • Represents NYLA as New York Chapter Councilor
  • Serves on the NYLA Council
  • Attends ALA Annual and Midwinter Conferences
    • Attends all information Meetings for ALA Council and ALA/APA Council
    • Attends all meetings of ALA Council at conference
    • Attends all meetings of ALA/APA Council at conferences
    • Attends ALA Membership meetings at conferences
    • Attends ALA Chapter Relations Committee meetings and evening ALA Chapter caucuses as necessary
  • Reports to NYLA Council on ALA issues and action items year round and solicits input from NYLA on national issues
  • Participates on ALA Council list serve year round
  • Hosts the ALA Information meeting at NYLA Conference 

Legislative Committee Chair

  • Presides, schedules and sets agenda for committee meetings.
  • Assists NYLA staff with organizing Lobby Day and mobilizing regional/system coordinators who make appointments and arrange for transportation to Albany.
  • Provides briefings with Executive Director to Lobby Day attendees and participates in meetings with legislators/legislative staff as needed.
  • Coordinates input and development of NYLA Legislative Agenda with Executive Director to present to NYLA Council for approval.

Membership Committee Chair

  • Presides, schedules and sets agenda for committee meetings.
  • Works with NYLA staff to develop and implement membership retention and attraction strategies and initiatives.
  • Organizes membership drives and representation at events to inform library staff about NYLA membership.
  • Gives report to membership at Annual Membership meeting.

Continuing Education Committee Chair

  • Presides, schedules and sets agenda for committee meetings.
  • Solicits, reviews and approves proposals for continuing education workshops for pre-conference and regional institutes that offer CEU credits.
  • Works with NYLA staff to develop new continuing education initiatives and formats to meet the professional development needs of the library community.

Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair

  • Presides, schedules and sets agenda for committee meetings.
  • Advises and informs NYLA Council/Staff on intellectual freedom issues, serves as resource for NYLA members and works in tandem with Intellectual Freedom Roundtable to respond to infringements on intellectual freedom.
  • Nominates individual and/or organization to receive Intellectual Freedom Award.
  • Provides quarterly update on intellectual freedom issues for NYLA Bulletin.

Awards Committee Chair

  • Presides, schedules and sets agenda for committee meetings.
  • Solicits, reviews and recommends for approval nominations for NYLA Outstanding Service to Libraries Award, NYLA Outstanding Advocate of Libraries Award, and Mary Bobinski Innovative Library Director Award.

Conference Program Committee Chair

  • Presides, schedules and sets agenda for committee meetings.
  • Works with NYLA staff and Section representatives to solicit, review and recommend workshops/topics for inclusion in the Annual Conference.
  • Works with NYLA staff to implement conference program.

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