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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
To create a vehicle through which librarians may express their
views about national library policies as they affect Judaica
- by direct
communication with other agencies.
- by indirect
communication through the national Association of Jewish
To promote continuing education for librarians through workshops
To develop and broaden lines of communication among the
libraries in the area by maintaining personal contacts among the
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:
- Promote Jewish
library service and librarianship within the New York
professional standards in the field of Judaica;
information and technical assistance to Judaica librarians;
- Encourage the
establishment of Judaic library collections;
- 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)
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.
- The Executive
Board shall be responsible for the administration of established
policies and programs.
- 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.
- The officers
of the chapter shall be a president, a vice-president
(president-elect), a corresponding secretary, a recording
secretary, and a treasurer.
- All officers
shall be elected for a two-year term, commencing immediately
president and vice-president/president elect may serve up to
two consecutive terms.
corresponding secretary, recording secretary, and treasurer
may serve up to three consecutive terms.
- 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
- There shall be
an annual meeting of NYMA held in the Spring. Installation of
officers shall be conducted at this meeting.
membership meetings of NYMA shall be scheduled by the Executive
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.
individual shall be entitled to one vote.
- 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.
PROVISION FOR BYLAWS
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.
- Proposals for
amending the COnsistution may originate from any member who
presents a petition signed by not fewer than seven members.
- 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.
- Prior to
the annual meetings, the president shall appoint a
Nominating Committee of at least three members.
committee shall nominate candidates for the positions of
president-elect, recording secretary, corresponding
secretary, and treasurer.
nominating committee shall report its nominations to the
membership by mail no less than fifteen days before the
- 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.
standing committees of the Chapter shall be: Membership;
Workshops; Program; and Newsletter.
Chairpersons of the above mentioned committees shall be
appointed by the president
committees may be authorized by the Executive Board. Chairpesons
of such committees shall be appointed by the president with
approval of the Board.
- No committee
shall incur expense on behalf of NYMA, except as authorized, nor
shall any committee commit the Chapter by any declaration of
- The president
and/or vice-president shall be ex-officio members of all
- Twenty members
shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting of
- A majority
shall constitute a quorum for meetings of the Executive Board.
- The Executive
Board shall have the power to set annual dues and determine
regulations regarding the payment of said dues.
year of NYMA shall be set by the Executive Board.
- The fiscal
year of NYMA shall be set by the Executive Board
- A report shall
be made annually to the membership, by a duly authorized member
of the Executive Board, explaining the Chapter's fiscal status.
- A budget shall
be approved by the Executive Board no later than the annual
meeting preceding the new fiscal year.
- In the event
that the Chapter is dissolved, all funds and property belonging
to NYMA shall be transferred to National AJL.
- In no event
shall any of the funds of NYMA inure to the benefit of any