25:1 (2010:03) Organizational Membership Category Passed

March 1, 2010 at 2:03 am | Posted in Bylaws | Leave a comment

Organizational Membership Category Passed
Elizabeth Parang, Bylaws Committee Co-Chair

The results are in on the proposed bylaws amendment establishing the category of organizational member.  The amendment passed 152 (Yes) to 17 (No).  Currently there are 732 active members and so that means only 23% of the membership voted.   The NASIG Bylaws state, “Adoption [of a proposed amendment] shall be by two-thirds majority of those voting.”  As specified, the change will go into effect immediately.

The NASIG Bylaws will now state:

Article III. Membership.

Section 1. Membership rights and responsibilities.

Active membership shall consist of individual members or organizational members who remit dues, and shall carry with it the right to vote, to hold office, and to share in the benefits afforded by the objectives of NASIG.  Organizations receive three memberships and three registrations to the current year’s conference, to be used by individuals in the organization, as well as the right to purchase a Vendor Exhibit table at a discounted price.  Each of the three individuals within the member organization is a full member of NASIG with all rights and privileges.  The organization itself is not a member and cannot vote or otherwise function in NASIG as a collective entity.  Corresponding membership shall consist of individuals who are representatives of peer professional organizations, and shall carry with it the right to attend meetings and share in the benefits afforded by the objectives of NASIG.  Corresponding membership does not include the right to vote or hold office.

Members shall act in accordance with the stated purposes and policies of NASIG and abstain from actions tending to injure the good name of the organization, disturb its well-being, or hamper its work. In cases where infractions occur, the Executive Board may take action as necessary.

This article of the NASIG Bylaws previously stated:

Active membership shall consist of individuals who remit dues, and shall carry with it the right to vote, to hold office, and to share in the benefits afforded by the objectives of NASIG. Corresponding membership shall consist of individuals who are representatives of peer professional organizations, and shall carry with it the right to attend meetings and share in the benefits afforded by the objectives of NASIG. Corresponding membership does not include the right to vote or hold office.

The rationale presented by the Membership Development Committee was as follows:

NASIG, like other member organizations, needs to find ways to make both membership and conference attendance easier and more attractive to all of its constituents.  In the library world, individual members are generally expected to purchase memberships out of pocket, but other organizations in the serials information chain often pay for employees’ memberships.  Offering organizational memberships will make it more attractive and affordable for these kinds of organizations to remain or become involved in NASIG.

Advertisements

Leave a Comment »

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.
Entries and comments feeds.

%d bloggers like this: