Proposed Changes to Bylaws (2/23/20)

Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

Greetings: Active and Distinguished Service Members:

The following Proposed Bylaw amendments have been approved by the PSLA Board.  The Operations Committee is announcing these proposed amendments before the 2020 spring election so the members can review these changes before voting.  The rationale for these changes is included with each proposed amendment. Inserts are bold-faced and italicized and deletions are strikethrough.   If you have any questions, please contact, Vickie Saltzer or Bob McConnell at [email protected]

Proposed Changes to Bylaws of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

The following amendment has been approved by the Board for referral to the Membership for ratification in accordance with the PSLA Bylaws, Article II Officers, Section 4. Vacancies:

Amendment #1

c. If the office of the Vice President becomes vacant, the President shall appoint a previous board PSLA member with the approval of the Board for the remainder of the unexpired term. At the annual election, a candidate will be elected for the President-Elect. 

Bylaw Change Rationale:

  1. To provide more members a leadership role opportunity on the PSLA board.

  2. To expand the nominees from only previous board members to an active PSLA member when previous or current board members are not available.

The following amendment have been approved by the Board for referral to the Membership for ratification in accordance with the PSLA Bylaws, Article IX Amendments:

Amendment #2

Section 1.  Proposals

Amendments to the Bylaws may be initiated by:

  1. the Board 

  2. the Operations Committee. 

  3. a written suggestion to the Board or the Operations Committee by any member. 

  4. a written petition to the Board signed by 25 members who are qualified to vote.

Section 2.   Notice 

Proposed amendments to the Bylaws shall be published with a board statement of purpose to the membership at least thirty days prior to the date of voting.  

The Bylaws for the Association may be amended at any regular business meeting of the Association by a majority vote of the active members present, providing that a notice of the proposed change has been sent to each member at least thirty days in advance. 

Section 3.   Voting

The Bylaws may be amended by either of the following methods:

  1. a 2/3 majority of those active members present and voting at any regular meeting of the Association 

  2. a 2/3 majority vote of the active members voting on an electronic ballot

An amendment may be presented by the Board for a ballot vote. Such amendments must receive a 2/3 majority vote of the ballots returned.  (Section 3 amended, 4/30/2011)

Section 4. All proposed amendments to the bylaws shall include the position of the Board when presented to the membership.

Section 45. The Board shall retain the rights of refusal to present an amendment to the membership for voting if a unanimous vote of the board present by quorum deems it unwarranted.  

Bylaw Change Rationale:

  1. The bylaws amendment section has been revised to be consistent with the constitution amendments.  

  2. The revision is more clarified.

Respectfully submitted

Operations Committee

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