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 Mission Statement
Mission Statement


 Goals & Objectives

To provide a local forum for exchange of ideas and discussion of issues of common concern amoung Judaica librarians of academic and research libraries.

To assist librarians in their efforts to accommodate national standards and policies to the special needs of Judaica collections.

To create a vehicle through which librarians may express their views about national library policies as they affect Judaica collections.

  1. by direct communication with other agencies.
  2. by indirect communication through the national Association of Jewish Libraries.

To promote continuing education for librarians through workshops and lectures.

To develop and broaden lines of communication among the libraries in the area by maintaining personal contacts among the librarians.




This organization shall be known as the New York Metropolitan Area chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries, herein after referred to as NYMA.


As a chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries, NYMA shall:

  1. Promote Jewish library service and librarianship within the New York Metropolitan area;
  2. Encourage professional standards in the field of Judaica;
  3. Provide information and technical assistance to Judaica librarians;
  4. Encourage the establishment of Judaic library collections;
  5. Serve as liason between the Judaic and general library communities.


Any person, library, or other organization interested in promoting the goals of NYMA may become a member upon payment of national Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) dues.


  1. The administrative body of NYMA shall be the Executive Board, consisting of the officers of the Chapter, the immediate past president, and chairs of standing committees.
  2. The Executive Board shall be responsible for the administration of established policies and programs.
  3. The Executive Board shall hold at least two meetings each year. Other meetings may be called by the president or upon request of the majority of the Board.
  1. The officers of the chapter shall be a president, a vice-president (president-elect), a corresponding secretary, a recording secretary, and a treasurer.
  2. All officers shall be elected for a two-year term, commencing immediately upon election.
    1. The president and vice-president/president elect may serve up to two consecutive terms.
    2. The corresponding secretary, recording secretary, and treasurer may serve up to three consecutive terms.
  3. Vacancy in an office shall be filled for the period of the unexpired term by appointment of the Executive Boards with the exception that should the vacancy occur in the office of president, the vice-president/president-elect will succeed to the office of president, to complete that term. He or she will automatically succeed himself/herself and serve his/her regular term as president.
  1. There shall be an annual meeting of NYMA held in the Spring. Installation of officers shall be conducted at this meeting.
  2. Additional membership meetings of NYMA shall be scheduled by the Executive Board.
  3. Special meetings may be called by the Executive Board, the president, or upon the request of at least ten members. Ten [photocopy is faded here] required for such meetings.
  1. Each individual shall be entitled to one vote.
  2. Votes by mail or phone may be authorized by the Executive Board between meetings for exceptional matters that should not be postponed until the next scheduled meeting. Such mail or phone votes shall be conducted under the same requirements as votes at meetings.


By laws may be adopted, amended, or rescinded by a majority vote of the members present and voting at any regular meeting of the CHapter, providing the entire membership has received ten days prior written notice.


  1. Proposals for amending the COnsistution may originate from any member who presents a petition signed by not fewer than seven members.
  2. A proposed amendment shall become effective when it shall have been approved by a majority of the members of the CHapter present and voting, followed by ratification of the membership either by a mail vote of the majority of the mebers voting, or by a majority vote of the membership present and voting at subsequent meetings of the Chapter.



    1. Prior to the annual meetings, the president shall appoint a Nominating Committee of at least three members.
    2. Such committee shall nominate candidates for the positions of president-elect, recording secretary, corresponding secretary, and treasurer.
    3. The nominating committee shall report its nominations to the membership by mail no less than fifteen days before the annual meeting.
  1. The election shall be held by mail prior to the annual meeting. The candidate receiving a majority of the votes for each office shall be elected to that office.
    1. The standing committees of the Chapter shall be: Membership; Workshops; Program; and Newsletter.
    2. Chairpersons of the above mentioned committees shall be appointed by the president
  1. Special committees may be authorized by the Executive Board. Chairpesons of such committees shall be appointed by the president with approval of the Board.
  2. No committee shall incur expense on behalf of NYMA, except as authorized, nor shall any committee commit the Chapter by any declaration of policy.
  3. The president and/or vice-president shall be ex-officio members of all committees.
  1. Twenty members shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting of the Chapter.
  2. A majority shall constitute a quorum for meetings of the Executive Board.
  1. The Executive Board shall have the power to set annual dues and determine regulations regarding the payment of said dues.
  2. Membership year of NYMA shall be set by the Executive Board.
  1. The fiscal year of NYMA shall be set by the Executive Board
  2. A report shall be made annually to the membership, by a duly authorized member of the Executive Board, explaining the Chapter's fiscal status.
  3. A budget shall be approved by the Executive Board no later than the annual meeting preceding the new fiscal year.
  4. In the event that the Chapter is dissolved, all funds and property belonging to NYMA shall be transferred to National AJL.
  5. In no event shall any of the funds of NYMA inure to the benefit of any individual.



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