ACRL Washington logo with white font over green tree icons and blue horizontal lines.ACRL-Washington

A chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries

Note: These are not our current bylaws. Our new bylaws, effective December 2018, can be found here.

Established in 1980

 Adopted May 9, 1981
Revised May 1983
Revised October 1987
Revised October 1988
Revised July 1989
Revised October 2001
Revised October 2009
Revised November 2010
Revised September 2012
Revised February 2016



The name of this organization shall be Washington State Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, also known as ACRL Washington, or ACRL WA.



The goals of the Chapter shall be to provide opportunities for the professional growth of and communication among academic and research librarians; to encourage the exchange of ideas and information relating to library development; and to enhance library service to all users of the academic and research libraries in the state.


Affiliation, Incorporation and Dissolution

Sec. 1

Affiliation. This organization is an affiliate of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association (ALA/ACRL). It is subject to Article XV of the ALA/ACRL Bylaws and Chapter Two of the ALA/ACRL Guide to Policies and Procedures.

Sec. 2

Incorporation. This organization was incorporated on August 18, 2000 under the laws of the State of Washington. Incorporation number: 602 064 155. ACRL Washington is registered as a non-profit under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Dissolution. Upon the dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed to the  ALA/ACRL so long as they remain exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code at time of dissolution. Failing that, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. 



Sec. 1 

Members. Any person interested in academic and research libraries and librarianship may become a member by paying Chapter dues.

Sec. 2  

Chapter membership is limited to individuals.

Sec. 3 

Rights. Every Chapter member has the right to vote, to hold office, and/or to serve on committees.

Sec. 4 

Dues and any changes in them shall be proposed by the Board of Directors, and voted on by members, either via electronic ballot, or by members present and voting at a Chapter meeting.  Proposed changes shall be available for review by members for at least 21 days prior to an in-person vote or before the tally of electronic ballots. The dues of ALA/ACRL members shall be less than those of non-members.


Meetings and Communication

Sec. 1

Regular business meetings shall be held in the fall of each year. Additional business meetings may be called by the Board of Directors or by petition of ten Chapter members to the President.

Sec. 2

Notification of all business meetings shall be sent to all Chapter members at least one month prior to the meeting.

Sec. 3

Quorum. Ten members shall constitute a quorum for any business meeting of the Chapter.

Sec. 4

Communication. Official written Chapter communication may take place electronically, utilizing the Chapter web site and the Chapter email list, or utilizing standard mail.



Sec. 1

Officers. The officers of the Chapter shall be a President, a Vice-President/President-Elect, Immediate Past President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.

Sec. 2

Terms. The officers shall serve for one year or until the successors are elected. Except that the Secretary and the Treasurer shall serve for two years. They shall take office on July 1.

Sec. 3

Duties. The duties of the officers shall be those which normally pertain to those offices; except that the President shall serve as the ALA/ACRL Chapters’ Representative and the Vice-President/President-elect shall serve as Chapter program chair.

Sec. 4  

Vacancies. In the event of resignation or inability to serve out the term of President, the Vice President will be appointed to the Presidency, assuming the office early, and completing the partial term as well as his/her own term as President. The resulting vacancy in the office of Vice-President/President-Elect shall be filled by election. A vacancy in the office of Secretary or Treasurer shall be filled by an appointment made by the Board of Directors.


Board of Directors

Sec. 1

Composition. The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected officers (President, Vice President/President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past President); the two elected Members-at-Large; and the appointed positions of Newsletter Editor and Webmaster. All members are voting members.

Sec. 2

Terms. The two Members-at-Large shall serve for two years and shall be elected in alternate years. The Treasurer and Secretary positions will also be elected in alternate years. To initiate the staggered term cycle, at the first election one Member-at-Large shall be elected for a one-year term. The Webmaster shall serve three years and shall be appointed by the President.

Sec. 3

Powers and Duties. The Board of Directors shall have responsibility for the direction of the affairs of the Chapter. It shall conduct all business pertaining to the Chapter, and shall have authority to make decisions for the Chapter during the periods between meetings. 

Sec. 4

Meetings. The Board of Directors shall hold at least two meetings a year. One is to be held in conjunction with the Chapter’s fall meeting and the other is to be held in the spring at a time and venue determined by the President. Other meetings may be called as necessary. A quorum for the Board shall be five members.

Sec. 5

Vacancies. If a Member-at-Large cannot complete his/her term on the Board, the position shall be filled by an appointment made by the remaining members of the Board. A vacancy in the Past President position on the Board will not be filled. A vacancy in the Webmaster position will be filled by an appointment by the Board.  



Standing and ad hoc committees may be authorized by the Board of Directors. The name and purpose of the committee shall be specified at the time of its authorization. The chair and other members of each committee will be named by the President of the Chapter. Any committee may be discontinued or declared inactive by the Board.


Nominations and Elections

Sec. 1 

Appointment. The Elections Committee will be chaired by the Past President. Two current Chapter members may be appointed to the Committee by the Chair at the Chair’s discretion. If any are appointed, committee members will be announced on the Chapter email list and posted on the Chapter web site before the call for nominations goes out to the Chapter membership.

Sec. 2

Composition. Elections Committee members must be ALA/ACRL members and members of the Washington State Chapter of ACRL.

Sec. 3

Nominees. All nominees for President-Elect must be ALA/ACRL members; all nominees must be members of the Washington State Chapter of ACRL and give written consent of their willingness to serve if elected. The Past President should send out a call for nominations to chapter members in February.

Sec. 4

Slate of candidates. The Elections Committee shall solicit one or more candidates for each of the offices to be filled. In making its selections the Committee shall keep in mind the following objectives: that the nominees should be as representative as possible of the types of libraries represented within the Chapter and the geographical distribution of its members. The Elections Committee should present the slate of candidates to the Board for their approval in February.

Sec. 5

The Election. The election shall be conducted online. Candidates should be announced and ballots sent to Chapter members in February or March. Ballots will be due 21 days from the opening date and returned to the Chair of the Elections Committee. Candidates receiving a plurality of votes cast shall be elected. In case of a tie, the winner will be determined by lot. Election results will be announced on the Chapter email list and posted on the Chapter web site after all candidates have been notified of the results.


Ratification and Amendments

Sec. 1  

Adoption of these Bylaws requires a two-thirds affirmative vote by ALA/ACRL members present and voting at a meeting at which they are to be considered. The quorum required for adoption shall be twenty ALA/ACRL members.

Sec. 2

Ratification of amendments. The Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds affirmative vote by members present and voting at a Chapter meeting, or via an electronic vote by the membership, provided such amendments are consistent with the ACRL Constitution and Bylaws. Notification of changes which are substantive must be sent to all members for review 21 days prior to an in-person vote or before the tally of electronic ballots.



Sec. 1

Membership year. The membership year shall be the calendar year.

Sec. 2

Administrative year. The administrative year shall begin July 1.


Rules of Order

The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the Chapter in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Bylaws.


Temporary Provisions

These Bylaws shall take effect upon the adjournment of the meeting at which they are adopted.


Last updated  20 March 2019

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