ARCHIVED: Computing Services SIS History and Bylaws

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 The Computing Services Special Interest Section is an outgrowth of a Special AALL Committee on Automation and Scientific Development established in 1972 with Peter Nycum as the first Chair. At the 1976 AALL Annual Meeting in Boston, the Committee petitioned the Executive Board for special interest section status. The Executive Board approved creation of the SIS at its December 1976 meeting in Houston. The ASD/SIS was officially created at the Toronto meeting in 1977, when the existing Committee voted to dissolve itself in favor of the new SIS. Bernard Reams, Committee Chair, became the first Chair of the SIS. At the 1996 AALL Annual Meeting, the Section changed its name to the Computing Services SIS.

The mission of CS SIS has continually evolved in response to the increasing integration of computing in law libraries. Initially created to serve as a watchdog to the industry as it relates to law libraries, the SIS later focused on surveying the development of software designed for law libraries, and conveying information on automation developments to law librarians. In 1996 the name of Computing Services SIS was chosen to reflect the growing prominence of computing services librarians in law libraries. CS SIS has sponsored numerous programs at AALL annual meetings.

The Section newsletter, Connecting… , highlights new ideas, equipment, and programs in the fields of computing in law libraries and of electronic legal information. Connecting… is published on our webpage in PDF form and is available for all section members.

Chairs of the Section:

Bernard Reams 1977/78
Tom R. Heitz 1978/79
Robert Grundy 1979/81
Jenni Parrish 1981/82
Duncan Webb 1982/84
Thomas M. Steele 1984/86
S. Patricia Rempel 1986/87
Laurel Wendt 1987/88
S. Blair Kauffmann 1988/89
Richard Leiter 1989/90
Carol Ebbinghouse 1990/91
Nuchine Nobari 1991/92
Ruth Armstrong 1992/93
Thomas R. Fleming 1993/94
Gary Gott 1994/95
Mark Folmsbee 1995/96
James Milles 1996/97
Judith A. Kaul 1997/98
Kenneth Hirsh 1998/99
Lyonette Louis-Jacques1999/00
Sheri Lewis 2000/01
James Duggan 2001/02
Liz Glankler 2002/03



American Association of Law Libraries



(as revised June, 1989, June, 1997, and March 2000)

Article I: NAME

The name of this special interest section of the American Association of Law Libraries (hereinafter referred to as the "Association") shall be the Computing Services Special Interest Section (hereinafter referred to as the "Section"), abbreviated CS SIS.

Article II: OBJECT

The objects of the Section shall be:

  1. To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on computing services in law libraries, and to represent its members' interests and concerns within AALL;

  2. To serve the professional development needs of law librarians interested in the provision of computing services, whatever their job title or type of library;

  3. To provide leadership in the adoption, evaluation, and use of technology in law libraries;

  4. To provide technical advice and assistance to the Association in its educational programs and other activities; and

  5. 5. To promote relations with non-library computing professionals serving our parent organizations.


Membership shall be open to any member of the Association requesting affiliation with the Section, as provided in the Association's bylaws. Membership shall be renewable each year.


  • Section 1.
    There will be a general business meeting held annually at the annual convention of the Association. It shall be held at a time and place so that all business which needs to be conducted can be.

  • Section 2.
    At each annual meeting the budget will be submitted to the membership for approval.

  • Section 3.
    For purposes of tabulating votes, only members in full standing of the Section may vote; a quorum shall consist of the members present at the meeting; and majority shall be based on the number of voting members who vote (i.e. do not abstain).


  • Section 1.
    The elected officers of the Section will include a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary/Treasurer, and two (2) Members-at-Large.

  • Section 2.
    The election of officers will be conducted every year by mail ballot, to be completed prior to the annual meeting. The Secretary/Treasurer shall mail a copy of the ballot to each member of the Section. Marked ballots shall be returned to the Secretary/Treasurer by a specified deadline. The candidates receiving the largest number of votes shall be elected. The Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson shall each serve for a term of one year. The Secretary/Treasurer and Members-at-Large shall serve for two-year terms, with the terms of the Members-at-Large being staggered so that one new Member-at-Large assumes office each year. During the even-numbered years there will be an election for Vice-Chairperson and one Member-at-Large. During the odd-numbered years there will be an election for Vice-Chairperson, Secretary/Treasurer, and one Member-at-Large. Nominations for office may be submitted in advance to a Nominating Committee appointed by the Chairperson. Write-in votes will be permitted on the official ballot. All of the above procedures must be scheduled and executed so that elections are completed at least two (2) months prior to the date of the AALL annual meeting.

  • Section 3.
    If a Chairperson leaves his office, the Vice-Chairperson will assume his duties.

  • Section 4.
    If a Vice-Chairperson, Secretary/Treasurer, or a Member-at-Large leaves his office, the Chairperson will appoint a member of the Section to assume that office until the next annual convention of the Association, whereupon an election will be held to fill the office for the remainder of the term.

  • Section 5.
    If a majority of the members present at the Annual Business Meeting determine that the Vice-Chairperson has demonstrated either an inability or an unwillingness to assume the duties of the Chairperson, the newly-elected Vice-Chairperson automatically becomes the Chairperson, and a new Vice-Chairperson is to be elected by a majority of those present at the Business Meeting.


The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary/Treasurer, and Members-at-Large shall perform the duties usually pertaining to their respective offices, and such other duties as may be assigned by the membership, or temporarily by the Chairperson.


  • Section 1.
    There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the officers named above and the immediate past chair.

  • Section 2.
    There shall be such standing or special committees as the Executive Committee, or the membership of the Section, shall create.

  • Section 3.
    The Chairperson may appoint a Nominating Committee in anticipation of coming elections. The Nominating Committee shall be a special committee, whose term will end with the election. No action of such Committee shall be presumed to preclude write-in votes on the official ballot.


  • Section 1.
    These bylaws may be amended at the annual meeting of the Section by a majority of the members present and voting, or by a majority of the votes case by a mail ballot conducted by the Secretary/Treasurer. Any amendment must be presented to the AALL Committee on Constitution and Bylaws for review.

  • Section 2.
    Notice of proposed amendments shall be mailed to the Section's members, or be published in the Section's newsletter, 30 days in advance of the meeting, or of the mailing of ballots.


Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, in the latest edition, shall govern all deliberations of the Section, except as otherwise specified in these bylaws.