ARCHIVED: Special Committee Task Force to Explore the Expansion of AALL Membership Summary Report

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(January, 1995)

I. INTRODUCTION

The Task Force to Explore the Expansion of AALL Membership was appointed by President Carol Billings during the summer of 1994. Following the mandate of AALL's Strategic Challenge, Strategic Direction I, Initiative 3: Open Membership to the Wider Legal Information Community, the committee was charged with examining AALL's membership categories, and presenting to the Executive Board proposal(s) for expanding membership to include others who work with or are interested in legal information.

The rationale for Strategic Direction I, Initiative 3, Open Membership to the Wider Legal Information Community, states, "Current membership categories are both restrictive and complex. At the same time the changing legal information environment is creating new groups of legal information professionals and changing roles for paraprofessionals. Greater and meaningful involvement by these new groups and others in the legal community is vital to the future of the profession and the Association. It is in AALL's and the profession's best interests to welcome all who work with and are interested in legal information as part of the association."

The initiatives in the Strategic Plan invite a wider community to not only join AALL, but to participate in it as a full member. There are initiatives, particularly educational ones, that are designed to appeal to both professionals and paraprofessionals. There are other initiatives that strengthen the role of the legal information community.

The members of the Task Force met on Sunday, July 10, 1994, at 1:30 in the Convention Center in Seattle. At that meeting, we discussed the fact that some of the categories could be rewritten to invite additional members, but for the most part, the categories were not restrictive, however, the categories were not "membership friendly."

Rather than restrictive language, the bylaws are strangely worded so as not to actively encourage some groups, for example, paraprofessionals, computer specialists, legal researchers or law students, to become active members. The committee members, on a general basis, felt the need to invite and recruit paraprofessionals, other assistants, and students to participate in AALL. On a practical level, with scarce financial resources at institutions and firms, the participation of paraprofessionals and others interested in law librarianship may not be realized. The committee discussed the need for the wider library community to participate fully in regional chapter activities.

Additionally, the members of the legal information community (i.e. vendors) are not full active members as Associate Members. Associate Members cannot hold office, vote, or serve on committees. Associate Members can belong to Special Interest Sections and receive AALL publications. At the July, 1994, meeting of the Task Force, all members felt that members of the legal information community should be full active members. Upon further reflection of the individual categories of membership, the Task Force agreed that Associate Members should have the additional privileges of voting and serving on committees. It was divided among the members as to whether Associate Members should hold elective office. The members of Task Force realize that there is vocal opposition among AALL members granting additional privileges to Associate Members. The granting of additional privileges to Associate Members will need further discussion by a broader membership base than just the Task Force.

During recent months, the Task Force reviewed the provisions of membership categories from other library associations (see appendices). The Task Force participants reviewed the requirements of the membership categories, along with the rights and privileges. Two members of the Task Force noted the dues requirements for their categories. With the exception of Section 1, each member of the committee was assigned a section of the AALL [Proposed] Bylaws, Article IV, Membership. The assignments were as follows:

Article IV, Sections:

1. Qualifications for Membership

2. Individual Member - Nancy Johnson

3. Institutional Member - Christopher Anglim

4. Individual Associate Members - Kay Schleuter

5. Institutional Associate Members - Marillyn Soulen

6. Retired Members - Barbara Golden

7. Student Members - Virginia Kelsh

8. Honorary Membership - Barbara Golden

General Review of the Report - Geoffrey Trigger


II. SUMMARIES OF BYLAWS SECTIONS

Article IV, Section 2. Individual Member.

The language of Section 2 is overly restrictive in stating that members "currently, or within the last 7 years, employed at least 30% or full time to perform professional work" may be individual members. It is difficult to determine the importance of "7 years" and "30%". In addition to the awkward language, this section restricts membership to "professional" work. Since "professional" work is often difficult to define, it should be omitted. Also by omitting "professional," the new language would allow paraprofessionals, library assistants, and anyone who works in a law library to join AALL as an Individual Member.

The rights and privileges section remains unchanged.


Article IV, Section 3. Institutional Member.

The Institutional Member category remains unchanged.


Article IV, Section 4. Individual Associate Members.

The language of Section 4 is stated negatively, rather than suggesting the type of person who should become an associate member. The current language reads "A person not eligible under any other category shall become an associate member upon payment of annual dues." The revised language would read, "Any person who is interested in legal information and the objectives of the Association may become an associate member upon payment of annual dues." Therefore, members of the legal information industry, legal researchers, and those interested in legal materials would feel like invited members of the association, rather than persons who do not fit into other categories.

The members of the committee support full voting and participation rights and privileges for associate members. However, fearing strong support against this change from other members of AALL, this member of the Task Force recommends that individual associate members shall have the same rights and privileges as an individual member, with the exception of holding office. Therefore, an associate member would have the right to vote, to serve on committees, to belong to special interest sections, and to receive the publications.

The Special Libraries Association allows Associate Members all privileges, except the right to hold any elective office.


Article IV, Section 5. Institutional Associate Members.

The Task Force member addresses the desire to invite a broader representation of associate members by lowering the dues of associate members. Additionally, this member restates the desire to allow associate members to serve on AALL committees.

Among professional library associations, this category of membership is unique to AALL.


Article IV, Section 6. Retired Members.

This Task Force member suggests that we expand "Retired Members" to "Retired and Other Members" and encompass those who are inactive, retired, unemployed, or employed full- or part-time in law library service or related activities at a salary of less that $10,000 per annum. By expanding this category, we would automatically expand the membership pool. This task force member also suggests that all categories should have the same rights and privileges as Individual Members.

The revised language mirrors the language of the American Library Association.


Article IV, Section 7. Student Members.

This section is overly restrictive by including students who are enrolled in a degree

program related to law librarianship. By changing the language to include "students enrolled in a degree program related to librarianship, information studies, computer science, law or paralegal studies," the membership pool would be expanded. The Task Force member also warns against raising student membership dues.

Article IV, Section 8. Honorary Membership.

There is no recommendation to change the language.

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SUGGESTED CHANGES IN THE [PROPOSED] BYLAWS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES 

SUBMITTED BY THE TASK FORCE TO EXPLORE THE EXPANSION OF AALL MEMBERSHIP

Article IV. Membership.

Section 1. Qualifications for Membership.

Any person or institution interested in law libraries may become a member of the association upon payment of dues and by meeting the qualifications for one of the following classes of members: individual, institutional, individual associate, institutional associate, retired, student and honorary.

SUGGESTED CHANGES:

Section 1. Qualifications for Membership.

Any person or institution interested in law libraries may become a member of the association upon payment of dues and by meeting the qualifications for one of the following classes categories of members: individual, institutional, individual associate, institutional associate, retired and others, student and honorary.

Members in all categories shall have the right to vote, to serve on committees, to belong to special interest sections, and to receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter. Individual Members shall also have the right to hold office.

Section 2. Individual Member.

(a) Requirements. Any person interested in law librarianship and currently, or within the last 7 years, employed at least 30% of full time to perform professional work by either:

(1) a law library, a state library, or a general library having a separately maintained law section; or

(2) an individual or organization providing professional librarian services to law libraries shall become an individual member upon payment of annual dues. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Individual members shall have the right to hold office, to vote, to serve on committees, to belong to special interest sections, to receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter.

SUGGESTED CHANGES:

Section 2. Individual Member.

Requirements. Any person interested in law librarianship and currently, or within the last 7 years, employed at least 30% of full time to perform professional work by either:

who works or has worked in a law library, a state library, or a general library having a separately maintained law section; or an individual or organization providing professional who provides librarian services to law libraries shall become an individual member upon payment of annual dues. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Individual members shall have the right to hold office, to vote, to serve on committees, to belong to special interest sections, to receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter.

Section 3. Institutional Member.

(a) Requirements. Any law library, state library or institution having a separately maintained law library may become an institutional member upon payment of annual dues. The Executive Board is empowered to determine whether the institution applying for membership qualifies. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Institutional members shall have the right to:

(1) Pay for and own the membership of professional staff members. Such staff members shall have all of the rights and privileges of individual members.

The library director shall designate the library's designated institutional members. At any time, the library director may transfer the designated institutional membership to other professional staff members.

(2) Receive a subscription to the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter. If the institution has paid for a membership but has not designated to whom the membership belongs, the institution shall receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter.

NO SUGGESTED CHANGES

Section 4. Individual Associate Members.

(a) Requirements. A person not eligible under any other category shall become an associate member upon payment of annual dues. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Individual associate members shall have the right to belong to special interest sections and to receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter.

SUGGESTED CHANGES:

Section 4. Individual Associate Members.

(a) Requirements. A person not eligible under any other category shall become an associate member upon payment of annual dues. Any person who is interested in legal information and the objectives of the Association may become an associate member upon payment of annual dues. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Individual associate members shall have the right to belong to special interest sections and to receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter.

Section 5. Institutional Associate Members.

(a) Requirements. Any institution not eligible to become an institutional member shall become an institutional associate member upon payment of annual dues. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned; however, the institution may redesignate individuals.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Institutional associate members shall have the right to designate individuals as designated institutional associate members upon payment of annual dues for each individual so designated. Designated institutional associate members shall have all of the rights and privileges of individual associate members.

SUGGESTED CHANGES:

Section 5. Institutional Associate Members.

(a) Requirements. Any institution not eligible to become an institutional member shall become an institutional associate member upon payment of annual dues. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned; however, the institution may redesignate individuals.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Institutional associate members shall have the right to designate individuals as designated institutional associate members upon payment of annual dues for each individual so designated. Designated institutional associate members shall have all of the rights and privileges of individual associate members.

Section 6. Retired Members.

(a) Requirements. Any person who meets each of the following requirements:

(1) retired from library work. (2) was an individual or designated institutional member for a total of more than 10 consecutive years in the association, shall become a retired member upon payment of annual dues. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Retired members shall have the right to hold office, to vote, to serve on committees, to belong to special interest sections, to receive the Law Library Journal and AALL Newsletter.

SUGGESTED CHANGES:

Section 6. Retired and other Members.

(a) Requirements. Any person who meets each of the following requirements:

(1) retired from library work. (2) was an individual or designated institutional member for a total of more than 10 consecutive years in the association, shall become a retired member upon payment of annual dues. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned.

Requirements. Any person who is retired, inactive, or unemployed, or are employed full or part-time in law library service or related activities at a salary of less that $10,000 per annum.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Retired members shall have the right to hold office, to vote, to serve on committees, to belong to special interest sections, to receive the Law Library Journal and AALL Newsletter.

Section 7. Student Members.

(a) Requirements. Any student enrolled at least half-time in a degree program related to law librarianship and not employed more than half-time in a library position shall become a student member upon payment of annual dues provided that membership in this category is limited to 5 consecutive years. The Executive Board is empowered to adopt procedures for verifying student status.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Student members shall have the right to vote, serve on committees, to belong to special interest sections, to receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter.

SUGGESTED CHANGES:

Section 7. Student Members.

(a) Requirements. Any student enrolled at least half-time part-time in a degree program related to law librarianship, information studies, computer science, law or paralegal studies and not employed more than half-time in a library position shall become a student member upon payment of annual dues provided that membership in this category is limited to 5 consecutive years. The Executive Board is empowered to adopt procedures for verifying student status.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Student members shall have the right to vote, serve on committees, to belong to special interest sections, to receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter.

Section 8. Honorary Membership.

(a) Requirements. Any person not already a member of the association shall become an honorary member if nominated in writing to the secretary by one or more association members for presentation to the Executive Board, endorsed by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board, and elected by majority vote at the next business meeting of the association membership; provided that, as determined by the Executive Board, there are not already 15 honorary members and that two other persons have not already been elected to honorary membership that year.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Honorary members shall have the right to receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter.

SUGGESTED CHANGES:

Section 8. Honorary Membership.

(a) Requirements. Any person not already a member of the association shall become an honorary member if nominated in writing to the secretary by one or more association members for presentation to the Executive Board, endorsed by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board, and elected by majority vote at the next business meeting of the association membership; provided that, as determined by the Executive Board, there are not already 15 honorary members and that two other persons have not already been elected to honorary membership that year.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Honorary members shall have the right to receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter.


COMPARISON OF BYLAWS ON MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES
OF PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONS

I. MEMBERSHIP CLASSIFICATION

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES

Section 1. Qualifications for Membership

Any person or institution interested in law libraries may become a member of the association upon payment of dues and by meeting the qualifications for one of the following classes of members: individual, institutional, individual associate, institutional associate, retired, student and honorary.


AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Regular, student, other (inactive, retired or unemployed), foreign, and trustee and associate.


AMERICAN THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Section 1.1 Classes of Membership.

The association shall have four (4) classes of membership: institutional, individual, student, and honorary.


INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES

Regular, associate, life, and honorary.


MEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Voting: Regular, Life, Fellow, Emeritus

Nonvoting: Affiliate, International, Student, Honorary.


SPECIAL LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION

Section 1. Membership in the Association shall consist of: Members, Associate Members, Student Members, Retired Members, Sustaining Members, and Honorary Members. Eligibility for and privileges of each class shall be as stated herein.


II. INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES

Section 2. Individual Member.

(a) Requirements. Any person interested in law librarianship and currently, or within the last 7 years, employed at least 30% of full time to perform professional work by either:

(1) a law library, a state library, or a general library having a separately maintained law section; or

(2) an individual or organization providing professional librarian services to law libraries shall become an individual member upon payment of annual dues. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Individual members shall have the right to hold office, to vote, to serve on committees, to belong to special interest sections, to receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter.

(c) Dues. The Executive Board shall have the authority to increase the dues each year by an amount no greater than the percentage increase in the gross domestic product for the previous year.


AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Regular Members--librarians, other library employees, and others employed in library service or related activities.


AMERICAN THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

1.3 Individual Members. Any person who is engaged in professional library or bibliographic work in theological or religious fields, or who has an interest in the literature of religion, theological librarianship, and the purposes and work of the association shall be eligible to apply for individual membership in the association. Individual members are entitled to attend meetings of the association, to vote in association voting matters, to serve as directors or as members or chairpersons of the association's committees or interest groups, and to receive those publications of the association that are distributed to the membership.


INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES

Section 2. Regular Members. Any person or institution involved in the acquisition or servicing of legal and related materials may become a personal or institutional member respectively upon the payment of membership dues. An institutional regular member will designate a person as its representative and immediately advise the president of the Association of such person's name.


MEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Regular Members--To qualify for regular membership a person shall be working or have worked in a health or information sciences related environment, or be interested in professional library or bibliographic work or a health or information sciences profession.


SPECIAL LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION

Section 2. Member status shall be granted to an applicant who fulfills any one of the following requirements:

(a) Has a graduate degree in library or information science; or

(b) Has a bachelor's degree or higher degree and has three or more years of professional experience in a special library or information center; or

(c) Has at least seven years experience in a special library or information center. (One year of undergraduate college credit equals one year of professional experience); or

(d) Has a teaching position in a university or college and is engaged in educating students in one or more disciplines related to special librarianship or information science; or

(e) Has a bachelor's degree or higher degree and has or has had general administrative responsibility for one or more special divisions or subject areas in an academic or public library.

A member shall have the right to vote, to hold any Association, Chapter, or Division elective office or appointive position, to affiliate with one Chapter and one Division without payment of additional fee, and to receive the official journal free.

III. INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS

AALL

Section 3. Institutional Member.

(a) Requirements. Any law library, state library or institution having a separately maintained law library may become an institutional member upon payment of annual dues. The executive board is empowered to determine whether the institution applying for membership qualifies. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Institutional members have the right to:

(1) Pay for an own the membership of professional staff members. such staff members shall have all of the rights and privileges of individual members.

The library director shall designate the library's designated institutional members. At any time, the library director may transfer the designated institutional membership to other professional staff members.

(2) Receive a subscription to the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter. If the institution has paid for a membership but has not designated to whom the membership belongs, the institution shall receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter.

(c) Dues. The annual dues shall be based upon the number of persons doing work of a professional character who are employed at least 30% of full-time by the institutional member, according to the following scale:

(1) Libraries having not more than two persons in their employ doing work of a professional character shall pay twice the dues amount set for an individual member.

(2) Libraries having more than two persons in their employ, doing work of a professional character, shall pay the dues amount set for an individual member times the number of professional persons employed by the institution.


AMERICAN THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

1.2 Institutional Member. Libraries of institutions which meet one of the following criteria shall be eligible to apply for institutional membership in the association:

(a) Institutions holding membership in the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada;

(b) Accredited institutions engaged in theological education or religious studies primarily beyond the undergraduate level;

(c) Accredited universities with religious studies programs which also have a librarian or subject bibliographer in the area of religion;

(d) Organizations maintaining collections primarily of theological, religious, or ecclesiastical research material. Institutional members are entitled to attend meetings of the association, to vote in association voting matters, to participate in association programs, and to receive those publications of the association that are distributed to the membership. An institutional member may send one (1) official delegate to meetings of the association to represent its interests in the affairs of the association and to cast its vote in association voting matters, and may send other representatives as desired. An institutional member shall designate its official delegate in writing to the association as needed.


IV. ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

AALL

Section 4. Individual Associate Members.

(a) Requirements. A person not eligible under any other category shall become an associate member upon payment of annual dues. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Individual associate members shall have the right to belong to special interest sections and to receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter.

(c) Dues. The Executive Board shall have the authority to increase the dues each year by an amount no greater than the percentage increase in the gross domestic product for the previous year.


AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Trustee and Associate Member--includes those not employed in library and information services or related activities who through their personal commitment and support promote library and information services, i.e., members of governing boards, advisory groups, friends and special citizen caucuses, and/or individuals interested in participating in the work of the Association.


INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES

Section 3. Associate Members. Any person or institution not directly involved in the acquisition and servicing of legal and related materials may become an associate member subject to approval of the Board of Directors and upon the payment of membership dues.


MEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

A. Affiliate. To qualify for Affiliate membership a person shall be a paraprofessional working in a health or information sciences related environment; a representative of a company or organization interested in health sciences librarianship; or a person who does not qualify for other membership categories.


SPECIAL LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION

Section 3. Associate Member status shall be granted to an applicant who has a serious interest in the objectives of the Association. An Associate Member shall have the right to vote, to hold any appointive Association position, to hold any elective office or appointive position in a Chapter or a Division; but not to hold any elective Association office; to affiliate with one Chapter and one Division without payment of additional fee, and to receive the official journal free. Upon qualification an Associate Member shall be granted Member status.


V. INSTITUTIONAL ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

AALL

Section 5. Institutional Associate Members.

(a) Requirements. Any institution not eligible to become an institutional member shall become an institutional associate member upon payment of annual dues. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned; however, the institution may redesignate individuals.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Institutional associate members shall have the right to designate individuals as designated institutional associate members upon payment of annual dues for each individual so designated. Designated institutional associate members shall have all of the rights and privileges of individual associate members.

(c) Dues. The Executive Board shall have the authority to increase the dues each year by an amount no greater than the percentage increase in the gross domestic product for the previous year.


VI. RETIRED MEMBERS

AALL

Section 6. Retired Members.

(a) Requirements. Any person who meets each of the following requirements:

(1) retired from library work, (2) was an individual or designated institutional member for a total of more than 10 consecutive years in the association, shall become a retired member upon payment of annual dues. Such membership cannot be transferred or assigned.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Retired members shall have the right to hold office, to vote, to serve on committees, to belong to special interest sections, to receive the Law Library Journal and AALL Newsletter.

(c) Dues. The annual dues shall be $32.50.


AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Other Members--those who are inactive, retired, or unemployed, or are employed full- or part-time in library service or related activities at a salary of less than $10,000 per annum.


INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES

Section 4. Life Members. Any person who has been a regular member of the Association for more than twelve years and who has retired from active duties may be elected life member by the Board of Directors.


MEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

To qualify for Emeritus membership a person shall have been a Voting Member of the Association for at least ten years, shall have requested Emeritus membership, and shall have retired from active professional work.


SPECIAL LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION

Section 5. Retired Member status shall be granted, upon request, to a Member who has reached age 60 and who has retired. In this connection, "retirement" shall be defined by the Board with the advice of the Association committee concerned with membership. A Retired Member shall have the right to vote, to hold any appointive Association position, to hold any elective office or appointive position in a Chapter or a Division; but not to hold any elective Association office; to affiliate with one Chapter and one Division without payment of additional fee, and to receive the official journal free.


VII. STUDENT MEMBERS

AALL

Section 7. Student Members.

(a) Requirements. Any student enrolled at least half-time in a degree program related to law librarianship and not employed more than half-time in a library position shall become a student member upon payment of annual dues provided that membership in this category is limited to 5 consecutive years. The Executive Board is empowered to adopt procedures for verifying student status.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Student members shall have the right to vote, serve on committees, to belong to special interest sections, to receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter.

(c) Dues. The Executive Board shall have the authority to increase the dues each year by an amount no greater than the percentage increase in the gross domestic product for the previous year.


AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Student Members--members who are enrolled at least half-time in a program of library and information science in a four-year undergraduate or graduate school. Limited to three years.


AMERICAN THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

1.4 Student Members. Any student enrolled in a graduate library school program or a graduate theological or religious studies program who is carrying a half-time class load or greater shall be eligible to apply for student membership in the association. A person engaged in full-time employment in a library or elsewhere shall not be eligible to apply for student membership in the association. Student members are entitled to attend meetings of the association, to be members of interest groups, and to receive those publications of the association that are distributed to the membership, but are not entitled to vote.


MEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Student. To qualify for Student membership a person shall be enrolled in an accredited school of library and information sciences. Membership in this class shall be limited to two consecutive years. A member who returns to school for further education may qualify for Student membership for additional two-year periods after having held a Voting membership for at least one year.


SPECIAL LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION

Section 4. Student Member status shall be granted to an applicant enrolled I a curriculum of library or information science at least part time. This category of membership shall be available only to those joining the Association for the first time and may be held for no more than three years. A Student Member shall have the right to vote, to hold any Association, Chapter, or Division appointive position; but not to hold any elective Association, Chapter, or Division office, to affiliate with one Chapter and one Division without payment of additional fee, and to receive the official journal free.


VIII. HONORARY MEMBERSHIP

AALL

Section 8. Honorary Membership.

(a) Requirements. Any person not already a member of the association shall become an honorary member if nominated in writing to the secretary by one or more association members for presentation to the executive board, endorsed by a two-thirds vote of the executive board, and elected by majority vote at the next business meeting of the association membership; provided that, as determined by the executive board, there are not already 15 honorary members and that two other persons have not already been elected to honorary membership that year.

(b) Rights and Privileges. Honorary members shall have the right to receive the Law Library Journal and the AALL Newsletter.

(c) Dues. The Executive Board shall have the authority to increase the dues each year by an amount no greater than the percentage increase in the gross domestic product for the previous year.


AMERICAN THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

1.5 Honorary Members. Any person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the work of the association may be nominated by the board of directors and be elected an honorary member of the association by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the membership at any annual meeting of the association. Honorary membership shall be for life. Honorary members are entitled to attend meetings of the association and to receive those publications of the association that are distributed to the membership, but are not entitled to vote. Honorary Members shall be exempt from payment of dues.


INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES

Section 5. Honorary Members. Any person may be elected honorary member by the Board of Directors for outstanding and distinguished service to the Association.


MEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

D. Honorary. To qualify for Honorary membership a person who is not a Regular member shall be elected by the Board of Directors to Honorary membership for outstanding contributions to the advancement of purposes for which this Association stands. Honorary Members shall be exempt from payment of dues except as required by any other class of membership that they may elect to hold.


SPECIAL LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION

Section 7. An Honorary Member shall be an individual elected to this honor by the Association members. At the time of his election, a candidate shall not belong to the Special Libraries Association. Nominations shall be presented in writing to the Board and may be proposed by one or more Association members. Upon endorsement by a two-thirds vote of the Board, the nomination shall be submitted by the Board to the members for election at an Annual Business Meeting. The total number of Honorary Members shall not exceed 15 at any one time and not more than two may be elected in any one year. An Honorary Member shall have the right to affiliate with one Chapter and one Division, and to receive the official journal free.

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