Dear LHRT members,
Here is your chance to get more involved with LHRT! We are seeking candidates to run for several positions on the Executive Committee. You can help make decisions about programming and future directions of the Round Table. Elections are held in Spring 2021 with newly elected officers beginning their terms after the ALA Annual Conference (around July 1, 2021).
We are soliciting people to run for the following positions:
Member-at-Large: Members-at-Large serve on the Executive Committee of the Round Table, contribute to its deliberations and discussions, and work with the Chair and Chair-Elect on the Program Committee and Research Forum as assigned. One new Member-at-Large shall be elected each year and will serve a two-year term. This position is ideal for LHRT members who wish to “get their feet wet” learning about and supporting the work of the Round Table.
Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: The Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect shall assume the duties of the Chair in the event of the Chair’s absence and serves as Chair of the Round Table the yearfollowing their term as Vice Chair. In addition, the duties of the Chair-Elect include the following:
- Work with the Chair to appoint committee members.
- Chair the Research Committee, overseeing and coordinating the Research Forum and the work of the Award committees.
Secretary-Treasurer-Elect: The Secretary-Treasurer-Elect shall assist the Secretary-Treasurer and assume the responsibilities and perform the duties of Secretary-Treasurer in the event of absence of the Secretary-Treasurer. They serve as Secretary-Treasurer in the year following their term as Secretary-Treasurer-Elect.
Positions are described in greater detail below and also online, http://www.ala.org/rt/lhrt/governance/lhrtbylaws/lhrtbylaws
The deadline to apply is *October 1, 2020** All nominees will be reviewed by the Nominations and Elections committee. Nominees must be current members of ALA and LHRT. Officers are required to attend face-to-face meetings at the annual conference – assuming those eventually resume. LHRT’s midwinter meetings are held online.
We hope that many of you will consider running for office – it is a fun way to get involved nationally. To nominate yourself, send a brief statement explaining why you wish to run for office and relevant qualifications.
Please send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to answer any and all questions about the positions and serving on the LHRT Executive Committee.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Eric Novotny- Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee
LHRT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICER DESCRIPTIONS
MEMBER-AT-LARGELHRT has two members-at-large, each serving a two-year term. This position is ideal for LHRT members who wish to “get their feet wet” learning about and supporting the Round Table. Members-at-large may be called to serve on the Membership and Outreach Committee, Program Committee, or Research Committee, or assist with other activities at the chair’s discretion. They may also help with LHRT’s conference programs. Throughout their two years of service, the members-at-large are expected to attend meetings, participate in decision-making, and contribute to other efforts of the round table.
SECRETARY-TREASURER-ELECT The Secretary-Treasurer position is a three-year commitment. In the first year, the Secretary-Treasurer-Elect heads LHRT’s Membership and Outreach Committee. The Secretary-Treasurer-Elect also attends all LHRT executive committee meetings, is ready to take notes in the Secretary-Treasurer’s absence, and attends trainings provided by ALA’s Budget Analysis and Review Committee. The second year, the Secretary-Treasurer-Elect becomes responsible for recordkeeping and monitoring the finances of the round table. The third year, as Past Secretary-Treasurer, they will ensure that copies of key round table documents are passed to new officers and archived at ALA’s headquarters. Throughout their three years of service, the candidate is expected to attend meetings, participate in decision-making, and contribute to other efforts of the round table.
VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT The Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect position is a three-year commitment. The vice-chair of LHRT leads the Research Committee and is responsible for appointing members to LHRT’s various awards committees. The Vice-Chair also organizes LHRT’s Research Forum, a scholarly program held at ALA’s annual conference. The following year, the vice-chair becomes Chair of LHRT. The Chair sets the agendas of LHRT’s executive committee meetings, facilitates decision-making processes, appoints committees, orients new officers, and delegates and monitors the work of the round table. The chair also represents LHRT at ALA’s Round Table Coordinating Assembly, Planning and Budget Assembly, and other venues. The Chair organizes LHRT’s programs for the annual meeting, including the Edward G. Holley Memorial Lecture. The third year, the chair becomes immediate past-chair. The immediate Past-Chair serves on LHRT’s Nominating and Elections committee, as well as the Membership and Outreach Committee. The Past-Chair also updates LHRT’s Officer Handbook and other important documents. Throughout their three years of service, the candidate is expected to attend meetings, participate in decision-making, and contribute to other efforts of the Round Table. The ideal vice-chair/chair-elect is a person who has successfully held office in LHRT or a similar ALA unit, and has outstanding communication and management skills.