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CATS - Collection Development and Technical Services

Charter

(Approved & posted 2011 - revised 2013)

Article I: Name

The name of this organization shall be Collection Development and Technical Services Section, also known as CATS, as which it will be hereinafter referred.

Article II: Relationship

This organization is a Section of the Washington Library Association, as authorized by the Washington Library Association Bylaws. (Article XIII, Section 3.)

Article III. Purpose

The object of CATS shall be the promotion of collection development and technical services in libraries throughout the State of Washington, and to promote and expedite the interests of its membership. To that end, our goals include:

  • To facilitate networking opportunities with other individuals in our fields;
  • To promote professional growth through continuing education opportunities;
  • To help members keep current on developments and trends.

Article IV. Membership

Any member of Washington Library Association may become a member of CATS. Payment of dues is provided for according to the Washington Library Association Bylaws.

Article V. Officers and Steering Committee

Section 1. The officers of CATS shall consist of two Co-Chairs.
Section 2. The Steering Committee of CATS shall consist of the officers as named above.
Section 3. The Co-Chairs or their designee shall serve as the CATS representative to the Washington Library Association Interest Group Council.
Section 4.  Ad-hoc committees shall be appointed by the Steering Committee as needed. The Steering Committee may also appoint a program officer from within the CATS membership to serve during the term year. If the membership desires to make this position permanent, it will become an electable one-year position with service on the Steering Committee.
Section 5. Officers shall serve a one-year term, and may be re-elected, serving a total of no more than three consecutive years in one position.

Article VI. Nominations and Elections

Section 1. A call for officer nominees for the positions in Article V will go out each February. A list of the submitted nominees will be presented to members present at an Section meeting, or by electronic ballot in the month of March so that all officers will be in place by April of each year. Additional nomination(s) may be made on the electronic ballot

Section 2. Election Process: A ballot shall be sent to the membership or an election may be held at the annual business meeting. A simple majority of members voting shall be sufficient to elect the officers. If election shall take place by ballot, ballots shall be sent to all CATS members and allow 21 days to return said ballot and will include directions for members to vote by mail, facsimile, or by electronic means as directed and approved by the CATS Steering Committee. If election shall take place at the annual business meeting, notice of the slate to be voted on at the election must be sent out 30 days in advance of the election.

Article VII. Meetings

Section 1. An annual business  and membership meeting shall be held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Washington Library Association, or at an Section Meeting. Members are encouraged to attend all meetings. A simple majority of members present will be sufficient to implement decisions made at these meetings.

Section 2. Meetings of the Steering Committee shall be scheduled as needed and may include online, telephone, or face-to-face meetings. Steering Committee meetings shall be open to any CATS member who wishes to attend.

Article VIII. Vacancies

Section 1. In the event of a vacancy in a Co-Chair position, a call for a new Co-Chair will go out to members. If more than one person puts forth his or her name, a ballot will go out to members to elect an individual to fill the remainder of the term.

Section 2. Vacancies in any ad-hoc committees shall be filled by the Co-Chairs.

Article IX. Amendments

Any additions or amendments to the charter shall be submitted to the membership through a ballot or vote at the annual business meeting. Ballots will include directions for members to vote by mail, facsimile, or by electronic means as directed and approved by the CATS Steering Committee. A simple majority of the votes shall be sufficient to amend the charter.