Approved June, 2012
Article I: Name
The name of this organization shall be Washington Library Trainers, also known as WALT.
Article II: Relationship
This organization is an Interest Group of the Washington Library Association, as authorized by the Washington Library Association Bylaws. (Article XIII, Section 3.)
Article III. Purpose
The primary purposes of Washington Library Trainers shall be to share information, communication, learning, and support for those involved in or interested in:
Article IV. Membership
Any member of Washington Library Association may become a member of Washington Library Trainers. Payment of dues is provided for according to the Washington Library Association Bylaws.
Article V. Officers and Steering Committee
The officers of Washington Library Trainers shall consist of a Chair, a Vice Chair, a Secretary-Treasurer, one or two Program Chair or Co-Chairs, and a Webmaster.
The Steering Committee of Washington Library Trainers shall consist of the officers as named above.
Officers and Job Responsibilities
Section 4. Period of Office:
a) One Year Term (election allowed annually but not required)
b) Two Year Term
c) Three Year Term (rolling position)
Officers may be re-elected, but may serve a total of no more than two consecutive terms in one position.
Ad-hoc committees shall be appointed by the Steering Committee or Chair as needed.
Article VI. Nominations and Elections
A Nominating Committee, appointed by the Steering Committee, shall submit a list of nominees for the positions in Article V, to members present at a WALT meeting, or by electronic ballot in the month of March so that all officers will be in place by the end of WALT’s Annual Business Meeting. Additional nomination(s) may be made on the electronic ballot. The Chair of the Nominating Committee shall be the most recent available Past Chair of WALT.
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 WALT 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 WALT 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 & WALT Activities
An annual business meeting shall be held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Washington Library Association, or at a WALT meeting. WALT shall hold two or more membership meetings consisting of business meetings, workshops, and programs, during the elective year. Members are encouraged to attend all meetings. A simple majority of members present will be sufficient to implement decisions made at these meetings.
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 WALT member who wishes to attend.
Article VIII. Vacancies
In the event of a vacancy in the Chair position, the Vice-Chair, or an officer appointed by the WALT Steering Committee shall become the Chair. All other vacancies in Steering Committee offices shall be filled by the Chair with the approval of the WALT Steering Committee. Officers appointed to fill vacancies shall serve until the next regular election.
Vacancies in any ad-hoc committees shall be filled by the Chair with the approval of the Steering Committee.
Article IX. Amendments
Any additions or amendments to the bylaws 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 WALT Steering Committee. A simple majority of the votes shall be sufficient to amend the bylaws.