. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Border Regional Library Association



DATE ADOPTED:  October 10, 2001


Section 1.    The name of the body shall be the Border Regional Library Association.


Section 1.    This association is organized and operated exclusively for the educational, literary and charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Section 2.    No part of the net earnings of the association shall be distributable to its members, directors, officers, or other private persons, except that the association shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in this article thereof. No substantial part of the activities of the association shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the association shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

Section 3.    Not withstanding any other provision of these articles, the association shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by an association exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law).

Section 4.    Not withstanding any other provision of these articles, this association shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of the purposes of this association.

Section 5.    Upon the dissolution of the association, the Executive Board shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the association, dispose of all of its assets exclusively for the purposes of the association and in such manner, or to such organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding provision of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or any state, or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the superior court of the county in which the principal office of the association is then located, exclusively for such purpose or to such organization or organizations, as said court shall determine, which are organized and operated for such purposes.


Section 1.    Any person, library, or organization interested in library service and librarianship, may become a member upon payment of the dues provided for in the Bylaws.


Section 1.    Holding office. All members other than institutional members shall have the right to hold office. The officers of the Association, also known as the Executive Board, shall be a president, past president, a president-elect, a recording secretary, a corresponding secretary, a treasurer, an archivist, and a membership coordinator.

Section 2.    Duties of officers.

1.    The president coordinates the BRLA meetings and activities for approval by the BRLA Executive Board. The president presides over and acts as parliamentarian at all regular meetings, may sign BRLA checks, designates Standing Committee chairpersons, and appoints ad hoc committees as needed.

2.    The past president advises the current president. This provides continuity in the organization.

3.    The president-elect assumes all duties of the president in the absence of the president, and coordinates all continuing education events.

4.    The recording secretary attends all board meetings and records the minutes. The minutes are distributed to the General Board.

5.    The corresponding secretary conducts the general correspondence of the organization, as directed by the Executive Board, that is, correspondence which is not a function proper to other offices or to committees. The corresponding secretary also checks the BRLA post office box, distributes mail, and is responsible for renewing the post office box rental.

6.    The treasurer is responsible for the accomplishment of financial transactions directed by the Executive Board, accountability of funds, maintenance of records, and preparation of reports.

7.    The archivist collects, organizes and places in permanent storage the past records of the organization and reports on the status of these activities at the beginning of each term.

8.    The membership coordinator maintains accurate records of the current membership, coordinates and mails renewal notices and membership cards to all members, and compiles the official membership list monthly.

Section 3.   Terms of office. All officers shall serve for one year except for the treasurer and the membership coordinator who serve for two years. The president-elect serves one-year as president-elect, then assumes the office of president the following year. The president serves one-year as president, and then assumes the office of past president the following year.

Section 4.    Means of election. The means of election of officers shall be specified in the Bylaws.


Section 1.    The Executive Board shall consist of the elected officers of the Association and the immediate past president.

Section 2.    A vacancy in the membership of the Executive Board shall be filled by Executive Board appointment, and the person so appointed shall serve until the following annual election.

Section 3.    Fifty-one percent of the Executive Board will constitute a quorum.


Section 1    The General Board shall consist of the Executive Board and chairs of standing committees.

Section 2.    A vacancy in the membership of the committee chairs shall be filled by presidential appointment, and the person so appointed shall serve until the following term.


Section 1.    The Executive Board shall have voting privileges.


Section 1.    Meetings shall be held as provided for in the Bylaws.


Section 1.    Committees shall be appointed as outlined in the Bylaws.


Section 1.    A proposed amendment to the Constitution or Bylaws shall become effective when it is approved (a) by a majority vote of the members present and voting at an Executive Board meeting followed by (b) ratification by a majority vote by mail of the members of the Association voting.  



Section 1.   Membership of the Association shall consist of:

1.   Personal Members.
Includes individuals interested in promoting library service and librarianship.

2.   Student Members.
Includes high school and college students interested in library service and librarianship.

3.   Institutional, Library Association, and Organizational Members.
Includes those above mentioned, having the same or similar purposes as those of the Association.

4.   Honorary Members.
Includes persons nominated by the Executive Board and elected for life by the membership, or persons from outside the BRLA area whom the Board wishes to recognize for purposes of promoting awareness and good will.

5.   Retired Members.
Includes persons retired from library service and librarianship.

6.   International Members.
Includes persons interested in promoting library service and librarianship from a country other than the United States.

7.   Special Members.
Includes patrons of the Border Regional Library Association, sustaining or supporting persons, or organizations eligible for membership.


Section 1.   Personal members in good standing shall include only those who have paid dues for the current fiscal year. All personal members shall have voting privileges. Dues for personal members shall be $20.00 per annum.

Section 2.   Each student member shall have voting privileges. Dues for student members shall be $5.00 per annum.

Section 3.   Institutional members have no voting privileges. Dues for institutional members shall be $20.00 per annum.

Section 4.   Honorary Members have no voting privileges. They are selected for life and pay no dues.

Section 5.   Retired members shall have voting privileges. Dues for retired members shall be $10.00 per annum.

Section 6.   International members shall have voting privileges. Dues for international members shall be $10.00 per annum.

Section 7.   Dues payment. Dues notices shall be mailed out annually, before the end of the fiscal year, with payment due on or before March 1 of the new fiscal year.

Section 8.   Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Association shall end December 31. The fiscal year shall govern all business and activities of the Association except as otherwise provided for in the Constitution and Bylaws.


Section 1.   Meetings shall be called as required by the Executive Board and shall be called by the president. Only business specified on the agenda may be considered at these meetings.

Section 2.   Board meetings are open to all members. Agenda items must be forwarded to the president one week in advance.


Section 1.   The Executive Board shall appoint a nominating committee for the purpose of nominating candidates for elective positions designated in the Constitution, Article IV.

Section 2.   Ballots to elect the officers of the Association shall be mailed to all voting members. Election results will be announced in the newsletter following the election, as well as at any meeting that may occur in the interim.

Section 3.   Elected officers shall assume office in the month of June.


Section 1.   The president shall designate the chairperson of each committee annually. Any committee chairperson or member of a committee desiring to establish or change policies or duties of their assigned committee must have the changes or additions approved by the Executive Board. New committee chairpersons of all standing committees, as well as special committees appointed by the president, should be selected, if possible, from prior committee members to maintain a continuity of previous and present committee activities. Committees and special interest groups may be created or dissolved without a constitutional amendment or change in Bylaws.

Section 2.   Standing committees will consist of:

1.   Constitution and Bylaws
2.   Editorial
3.   Hospitality
4.   Scholarship
5.   Intercultural
6.   Library promotion
7.   Publicity
8.   Southwest book awards
9.   Continuing education
10.  Intellectual freedom
11.  Webmaster
12.  Librarian and staff member of the year
13.  New membership
14.  Nominating

Section 3.   Special Interest Groups will consist of:

1.   Children’s Literature Study Group
2.   Sister Libraries

Section 4.   Statements of Purpose - Standing Committees:

1.    The Constitution and Bylaws Committee coordinates and prepares, in writing, all proposed changes and amendments to the constitution and/or bylaws, for consideration by the membership.

2.    The Editorial Committee is charged chiefly with the publication of the BRLA newsletter and the annual membership directory. Four issues of the newsletter are to be published each year, with the main topic of each issue being upcoming BRLA events.

3.    The Hospitality Committee coordinates all reception functions for BRLA Executive Board approved events, including making reservations for meeting locations, planning for meals and other refreshments, and coordinating with the Committee chairperson in charge of the meeting/event.

4.    The Scholarship Committee composes the scholarship announcement/application and directs it to the Editorial Committee for publication. The Committee reviews the applications of prospective candidates for the awards and selects the recipient. The recipient of the award will be chosen from students within the BRLA region or membership.

5.    The Intercultural Exchange Committee is charged with promoting an understanding and awareness of the multicultural nature of the Southwest people.  

6.    The Library Promotion Committee promotes libraries and library services within the region represented by the Border Regional Library Association. This would include coordination with the publicity chair for news releases and communication with the Executive Board about any media programs and news or journal articles relevant to libraries.

7.    The Publicity Committee works in cooperation with other BRLA committees to prepare press releases on organizational activities. The committee is responsible for the distribution of these releases to local and surrounding media and to professional journals when appropriate.

8.    The Southwest Book Awards Committee coordinates the selection of the annual Southwest Book Awards. The chair contacts publishers to solicit books for consideration and convenes the committee that examines the books submitted and selects the winners. Books received by the Committee members are the property of BRLA and will be used as door prizes at the annual BRLA Awards Banquet.

9.    The Continuing Education Committee makes arrangements for BRLA Executive Board approved seminars, including program and speakers, and coordinates with the Hospitality Committee Chairperson and president-elect, as appropriate.

10.   The Intellectual Freedom Committee seeks to develop interest in and promote awareness of intellectual freedom. The committee participates in local activities, makes presentations to local groups, collects information on current issues, and brings relevant issues to the BRLA Executive Board.

11.   The Web Committee consists of the BRLA Webmaster, who maintains the web pages, and the BRLA Listserv owner, who maintains the listserv.

12.   The Librarian-of-the-Year and-Staff-Member-of-the-Year Committee is responsible to coordinate and select recipients of these annual awards. The recipient of the Librarian-of-the-Year award serves as the chair for the following year and selects a committee that represents as many different areas of librarianship as possible. The identity of the committee members shall be anonymous. The President may appoint an alternate chair in the event that the awardee is not able to serve or fulfill this role.

13.   The New Membership Committee contacts all new members to welcome them to the organization, ask how BRLA may serve them, and if they have an interest to serve on a standing committee or special interest group.

14.   The Nominating Committee shall place names for consideration by the membership on the annual Executive Committee ballot.

Section 5.   Statements of Purpose - Special Interest Groups

1.    The Children’s Literature Study Group welcomes any person interested in the study of literature for children and young people. Participants need not be members of BRLA. The chair coordinates the programming and the location of each meeting. The Children’s Literature Study Group Chair serves a 2-year term.

2.    The Sister Libraries Committee of BRLA will seek to find libraries interested in establishing partnerships and participating in the international Sister Libraries program. The Sister Libraries Committee will facilitate cultural and educational exchanges between participating public and school libraries in Mexico and the United States.


Section 1.   The Executive Board shall meet monthly, except in December. The president and/or a majority of the Executive Board shall call meetings, and all members shall be notified.


Section 1.   An audit of all accounts shall be made annually within one month after the election of officers, before the records are transferred. Both incoming and outgoing treasurers shall be present at the audit.

Section 2.   A treasurer’s report of all accounts shall be given at each Executive Board meeting.

Section 3.   Funds designated for the Scholarship Fund shall be identified and set aside in a manner directed by the Executive Board to insure availability for each annual award.


Section 1.   Robert's Rules of Order (Revised), in the latest edition, shall govern the Association in all cases to which it can be applied and in which it is not inconsistent with the Constitution, the Bylaws, or special rules of order of the Association.


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