Proposed ACRL Bylaws Revisions

The ACRL Board of Directors is pleased to notify membership that the ballot for the Spring 2024 ALA/ACRL election will include a membership vote on proposed amendments to the ACRL Bylaws.

The proposed revisions seek to align the ACRL Bylaws with current ALA and ACRL policies along with defining action for special elections. After forming a Board Working Group in June 2023, the ACRL Board of Directors in December 2023 approved a recommendation for a membership vote on the following ACRL Bylaws amendments:

  • Article VII Budget and Finance Committee Chair: Revised to reflect current Board-approved term length of up to ten consecutive appointed years on the Budget and Finance Committee and five consecutive years on the Board.
  • Article IX Board of Directors, Section 5: Removed references to “Midwinter” and replaced language to reflect quarterly meetings. Revised language regarding “virtual meetings.”
  • Article XI Nominations, Section 1: Added language to reflect Leadership Recruitment and Nomination Committee (LRNC) actions for special elections.
  • Article XIII Elections, Section 2: Added language in a new sub-section regarding special election actions for Vice-President/President-Elect and Councilor positions.
  • Article XVIII Mail and Electronic Votes, Sections 1, 2, and 3: Updated language to align with ALA’s policy/protocol regarding mail ballots for membership votes.

All ACRL members are encouraged to participate in the upcoming election, which will be held March 11, 2024 to April 2, 2024. To be eligible to vote, individuals must have been members in good standing of ALA and ACRL as of January 31, 2024. Voting instructions will be mailed to eligible members by March 12, 2024. 

The Bylaws Working Group included Board Directors-at-Large Jessica Brangiel and Rebecca Miller Waltz, Past-President Erin L. Ellis, and interim ACRL Executive Director Allison Payne. The Board is grateful for their contributions in preparing these revisions.

– Beth McNeil, 2023-24 ACRL President