RASS President

The President oversees the activities of RASS, including scheduling and presiding over all Board meetings. The President is also the representative of RASS to NYLA Council

Duties and Timeline

  • Schedule all Board meetings for their term, and the meetings should be announced at the Board meeting during the Annual Conference.
  • The President is responsible for collecting all reports, creating the agenda, and presiding over the Board meetings.
  • The President should attend Council meetings, and report Council actives back to the Board as needed. The President should also keep Council informed of RASS actives, with a short report to be given at each Council meeting.
  • Prepare a written annual report to be submitted to the NYLA office as designated by the NYLA Leadership Manual.
  • Submit Section goals for the year to the President of NYLA in January or as designated by the NYLA Leadership Manual
  • The President or their designee should ensure that the Leadership Manual remains up-to-date and is given to the Board as needed and posted on the web page.
  • The President shall assign tasks to the Board Members at Large, and can also do so at the request of the Board.
  • The President can appoint ad-hoc Committees and name the Chairperson of each committee with Executive Board approval.
  • Approve reimbursement requests as sent from the Treasurer.
  • Work with the Vice-President to determine future activities of the section.
  • Write the Presidents' message for each issue of RASSmataz.
  • Invite the appropriate NYLA representative for the Noted Author Luncheon and make opening remarks. (see example letter below)

Dear Rocco and Michael,

The RASS and LAMS Boards would like to formally invite one of you to attend the RASS/LAMS Noted Author Luncheon to be held at the NYLA Annual Conference in Buffalo, NY on Friday, October 28, 2005 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

This year’s author is Nancy Pearl, former director of the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library, and the author of several books on reader’s advisory including Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason and More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason. Pearl is the founder of the pioneering program “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book.” She reviews books regularly on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and NPR affiliate stations, KUOW Seattle and KWGS Tulsa, Oklahoma. This program is co-sponsored by E*vanced Solutions, Inc.

Please let me know by September 30, 2005 which one of you would like to attend. We look forward to having you with us.


Sarah Maximiek, RASS President
Patricia Kaufman, LAMS President