Sec.1. The name of this organization shall be the Science and Engineering
Academic Librarians (SEAL).
Article II. Affiliation.
Sec. 1. SEAL shall be an Interest Group of the California Academic and
Research Libraries (CARL). SEAL shall follow the CARL Constitution and
Article III. Objectives.
Sec.1 The objectives of SEAL shall be to provide opportunities for professional
development, education, and participation for its members; to sponsor
relevant workshops and programs; to provide a forum for peer interaction
and networking; to enhance communication and services to our library
clientele; and to work with other California organizations in order
to improve library service to the science and engineering academic and
Article IV. Membership.
Sec. 1. All SEAL members must be members of CARL.
Sec. 2. Any person may become a member of SEAL by indicating each year
on the CARL application form that SEAL membership is desired and paying
the appropriate annual CARL dues.
Sec. 3. No additional dues shall be required for SEAL membership.
Article V. Sections.
Sec. 1. SEAL shall have a northern and southern Section, corresponding
to the CARL Northern Region and Southern Region.
Sec. 2. The Sections shall be called SEAL North and SEAL South.
Article VI. Officers, Terms, Responsibilities.
Sec. 1. Officers shall be members of SEAL.
Sec. 1.1 The elected officers for each Section shall be President, Vice-President/President-Elect,
Sec. 1.2. The appointed officer for each Section shall be the Membership
Chair. This Officer is appointed by a majority vote of the incoming
Sec. 2. Terms of Office. Each officer shall serve for one calendar year,
commencing January 1. The Vice- President/President-Elect shall serve
as President of the Section in the second year following election. There
shall be no limit to the number of terms an officer may serve.
Sec. 3. Vacancies. In the event that a Section presidency becomes vacant
during a term, the Vice-President/President-Elect shall become President
for the remainder of the term and for the succeeding calendar year.
Other vacancies shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining
officers of the Section.
Sec. 4. President. The President of each Section shall: a) call elections
by the Executive Board to fill vacancies in the Board; b) appoint committees
for special projects; c) convene and chair meetings of the Executive
Board; d) serve as liaison between each Section and CARL; e) oversee
all Section activities.
Sec. 5. Vice-President/President-Elect. The Vice- President/President-Elect
of each Section shall: a) act for the President in his/her absence;
b) serve as Program Committee Chair; and c) perform other duties as
Sec. 6. Secretary. The Secretary of each Section shall: a) take and
distribute minutes of Executive Board meetings; b) establish and maintain
an archive of Section activities; and c) perform other duties as required.
Sec. 7. Membership Chair. The Membership Chair of each Section shall:
a) promote new memberships; b) recruit members for committees; and c)
coordinate membership activities with the CARL Membership Chair.
Sec. 8. Program Committee Chair. The Vice- President/President-Elect
shall serve as the Program Committee Chair for each Section and shall:
a) coordinate planning and production of programs for the year in accordance
with CARL guidelines for programs; b) appoint SEAL members to the Program
Committee; and c) convene meetings of the Program Committee.
Sec. 9. Other committee chairs and project coordinators may be appointed
by the Executive Boards.
Article VII. Executive Board.
Sec. 1. There shall be separate Executive Boards for SEAL North and
Sec. 2. The voting members of each Executive Board shall consist of
the elected officers, President, Vice- President/President-Elect, and
Sec. 3. Each Section's appointed officer, the Membership Chair, shall
be a non-voting member of the Executive Boards. Other, non-voting, members
of the Executive Boards may be established by the officers of each Section
based on relevant needs. These non-voting members shall all be members
Sec. 4. Meetings.The Executive Board of each Section shall meet at least
Article VIII. Nominations and Elections
Sec. 1. Elected Officers. The Vice-President/President-Elect and the
Secretary shall be elected each year by each Section.
Sec. 2. Nominating Committee.
Sec. 2.1. The Executive Board shall act as a Nominating Committee or
the President shall appoint a Nominating Committee of SEAL members.
Sec. 2.2. Elections. Elections shall be annually in the Fall. If there
is only one candidate for each office, the Executive Board shall elect
the Officers by acclamation. If there is more than one candidate for
an office, the Section Secretary shall send out an email ballot to the
membership. All SEAL members in good standing may vote. A plurality
Article IX. Programs.
Sec. 1. Each Section shall sponsor at least one regional program each
Article X. Operating Policies and Procedures.
Sec. 1. Operating policies and procedures shall be established for the
SEAL officers, Executive Board, and committees in each Section and shall
be compiled into a manual for each Section's officers, Executive Board,
Sec. 2. Operating policies and procedures shall include statements of
responsibility, procedures, tasks, and deadlines.
Sec. 3. Operating policies and procedures for each office, Executive
Board, and committee shall be updated as needed.
Article XI. Amendments.
Sec. 1. Any member may suggest bylaws amendment(s) to the Executive
Board of either SEAL North or SEAL South. If a majority of the members
of both Executive Boards agree, amendments shall be submitted to a vote
of the membership to be decided by a majority of votes.