Bylaws Annual Reports

Bylaws & Handbook Committee Annual Reports

  • 2022 - 2023

    Bylaws and Handbook Committee
    2022-2023 Annual Report

    Charge: The Bylaws and Handbook Committee maintains the TS-SIS Bylaws and Handbook in conformance with AALL policies, makes proposals to amend the Bylaws and/or the Handbook as desired by the TS-SIS Executive Board, and maintains the official version of the Bylaws and the Handbook on the TS-SIS website.


    • Joan Stringfellow, Chair, Texas A&M University
    • Alan Keely, Wake Forest University (Retired)
    • Wendy Law, Texas A&M University
    • Kayla Reed, Louisiana State University


    The committee met in full twice this year via Zoom. We started by making introductions and reviewing the committee charge. We then discussed our plan for the year. We planned to review both the Bylaws and the Handbook before our next meeting to see if there was anything that needed to be changed or added. We agreed that our next meeting would be in January to discuss any potential edits.

    At our next Zoom meeting, we went over the changes that we all found in our reviews of the Bylaws. Most of the edits we found are minor and offered for clarity in some sections. We all agreed on one substantial addition to our Bylaws that would need approval by the membership and the AALL Board. Though the AALL Antidiscrimination Statement covers all Special Interest Sections under the umbrella of AALL, we thought it would be helpful to our members that we also include it in the TS-SIS Bylaws. We also decided to put the draft 2023 TS-SIS Bylaws on a Google Drive so we can all make our edits into one document for the ease of the committee.

    Since there weren’t very many updates this year and knowing there will be some more substantial changes in the next year that were discussed by the 2022-2023 TS-SIS Executive Board, the chair has handed the current working draft to next year’s chair. This way our recommended addition of the Antidiscrimination Statement and their upcoming changes can be sent to the membership and AALL Executive Board for their approval once instead of multiple times.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Joan Stringfellow, 2022-2023 Chair

  • 2018 - 2019

    Bylaws and Handbook Committee
    2018-2019 Annual Report

    The members of the Bylaws Committee for 2018-2019 included Lauren Seney (Chair), John Hostage, Alan Keely, Shawn King, Barbara Moreno, Sarah Yates, and Karen Scoville.

    The Committee first worked to make some updates to the Section’s Bylaws. The purpose of these updates was to incorporate the focus of the updated Standing Committees; clarify the version of the handbook that details officers’ responsibilities; allow for a TS-SIS Business Meeting format outside of the Association’s Annual Meeting; and clarify language about the process of updating the Bylaws. The Bylaws were approved by the AALL Bylaws Committee and sent to the TS-SIS Secretary/Treasurer. Due to the timing of the elections, a vote on the Bylaws by the membership was postponed until after the Annual Meeting.

    The committee also took a look at the Section’s Handbook and worked to continue the process of making necessary updates after the changes to the Section’s structure during the previous year. The most extensive changes are proposed to the Awards Committee section of the handbook in an effort to bring the handbook and the website into agreement. There are some minor changes to the Metadata Management Committee and the appendices. Updates still need to be made to the Cataloging Liaisons portion of the handbook, but those are pending the input of the SIS Council.

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Lauren Seney, Chair
    Bylaws and Handbook Committee
    Technical Services Special Interest Section
    American Association of Law Libraries

  • 2017 - 2018

    Bylaws and Handbook Committee
    2017-2018 Annual Report

    The members of the Bylaws and Handbook Committee for 2017/2018 included Suzanne Graham (serving as chair as the most recent available past-chair of TS-SIS), Judy Chalmers, John Hostage, Alan Keely, and Shawn King.

    The work of the committee focused on updating the Section’s Handbook. The committee members coordinated with various officers and committee chairs to update the Handbook appropriately. The Bylaws and Handbook Committee submitted, and the TS-SIS Executive Board approved, two iterations of the Handbook: one in November 2017 to record changes in operations and practices since 2015 and another in April 2018 to provide guidance through the committee organization.

    Committee members also worked with the committee chairs and the webmaster to update the website to reflect changes to the Handbook.

    In the spring, the committee resumed the process to amend the Bylaws initiated by the committee in 2016/2017. The TS-SIS Board again approved the proposed minor changes, and the membership voted on the amendments at the TS-SIS Annual Business Meeting on June 19.

    I would like to thank each member for his or her outstanding service. We had an ambitious agenda, wide in scope and yet very granular in detail, and the members were consistently engaged, thoughtful, and constructive. Their creativity and high-level editorial skills made our work possible.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Suzanne Graham, Chair
    Bylaws and Handbook Committee
    Technical Services Special Interest Section
    American Association of Law Libraries

  • 2016 - 2017

    Bylaws and Handbook Committee
    2016-2017 Annual Report

    The members of the Bylaws and Handbook Committee for 2016/2017 included Hollie White, immediate Technical Services Special Interest Section (TS-SIS) past-chair and Alan Keely. Due to Dr, White’s move to Australia midyear, Keely assumed the role of committee chair.

    The work of the committee focused on making a number of minor changes to the bylaws to make the language more consistent. There was also considerable discussion regarding the quorum. Ultimately, the decision was made to leave it as is. The package of changes to the bylaws were forward to the TS-SIS Executive Board for tentative approval which was given. The package of changes were then forwarded to the AALL Bylaws Committee for review and approval. The package of revisions were then forwarded to the TS-SIS Secretary to be placed on the ballot for formal adoption by the TS-SIS.

    TS-SIS Chair, Lauren Seney requested that during 2017/2018 the Committee review the handbook as it has been some years since the last revision. Keely was asked and accepted the offer to continue as Committee chair for the upcoming year.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Alan Keely, chair
    Bylaws and Handbook Committee
    Technical Services SIS

  • 2015 - 2016

    Bylaws and Handbook Committee
    2015-2016 Annual Report

    The members of the Bylaws and Handbook Committee worked diligently this year to update the bylaws to adapt to current needs, clarify the nominations process, and better incorporate communication technologies.

    The committee submitted two drafts of proposed revisions to the TS-SIS Executive Board in October 2014 and February 2016 for their review and comment and then to the AALL Bylaws and Resolutions Committee in March 2016 for synchronization with the larger organization.

    A subsequent tie in the election for Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect underscored another area in need of revision. The Committee reworked the section addressing how and when run-offs would be conducted and submitted another draft to both the TS Board and to the AALL Committee in April and May.

    This final version of the proposed bylaws was made available to the membership for review in June, and the membership will vote on their adoption during the TS-SIS business meeting at the AALL annual meeting.

    Members of the 2015/2016 committee were Miriam Childs, Deb DeGeorge, Eva Harris, John Jensen, and Wendy Law.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Suzanne Graham

  • 2010 - 2011

    Bylaws Committee
    2010-2011 Annual Report

    The members of the Bylaws Committee this year were Alan Keely, Clement Lau, Ellen McGrath, Wendy Moore, and Chris Long (chair). The committee worked diligently this year to update the handbook and make its format more user-friendly. A draft was sent to the TS-SIS Executive Board in May, 2011 for their review and comment. Suggestions from the Board were then incorporated into the document, which will be voted on during the AALL annual meeting.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Chris Long