Constitution & By-Laws

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Article I. Name

The name of this organization shall be the College Librarians and Media Specialists (CLAMS) of Washington State.
    Amended 5/7/95, changed from CCLAMS.

Article II. Objectives

  1. The objectives of this organization shall be:
  2. To promote the professions of Librarianship and Education Media
  3. To raise the quality of community college library services
  4. To investigate library and media developments and practices in order to meet the needs of the instructional program
  5. To promote interlibrary cooperation
  6. To provide a means of idea sharing
  7. To promote fellowship and harmony among librarians and media specialists
  8. To encourage systematic recruitment into all phases of both professions
  9. To work cooperatively with the Library and Media Directors’ Council (LMDC) in matters of system-wide concern
  10. To promote integration and cooperation of library and media services into the college programs

Article III. Membership

Membership shall be of three classes: active, associate, and honorary.

Article IV. Officers

The officers of this organization shall consist of a President, a President Elect, Past-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Communication Officer and Webmaster. No officer shall be eligible to more than two consecutive terms in the same office.
Amended 10/96 to separate Secretary and Treasurer positions.
Amended 2015 Spring Business Meeting to include Communication Officer and Webmaster & Past President.

Article V. Elections

Section 1-

A committee on nominations consisting of three members shall be appointed by the Executive Board in January. The President shall designate one of the appointees to serve as committee chair. The committee shall be responsible for securing nominations for President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer, when appropriate, and President, if the incumbent President-Elect will not serve as president the following year.

Section 2

Elections shall be held at the general meeting in Spring.
Each institutional member of CLAMS shall have a representational vote in all business of the organization. The representative for each institutional member is the Campus Liaison as selected by the member institution. Campus liaisons are responsible for conferring with the professional colleagues that they represent before casting votes. At least two weeks prior to an election  web-based descriptions of issues and candidates on the ballot will be made available for all CLAMS members. Electronic ballots will be sent directly to campus liaisons in the event of virtual voting. A quorum will consist of ⅔ of total liaisons.
The President and Executive Board will appoint an at-large liaison for individual members. The At-Large Liaison will cast a vote on behalf of all individual and lifetime members.
Terms of office are one year for President, President-Elect and Secretary and two years for Treasurer.
Amended 5/1/98, term of secretary changed to 1 yr.
Amended 10/25/01, election procedures modified to reflect current practice.
Amended 05/20/16 to reflect changes in membership descriptions.

Section 3

A slate of nominees will be presented by the President electronically on the CLAMS listserv four weeks before the Spring Meeting, and a call for further nominations will be made at the Spring Meeting so that the assembly may nominate other people for office besides the nominees presented by the election committee. In the case of a contested race, a ballot may be prepared at the Spring Meeting. A vote shall be taken. Members unable to attend the Spring Meeting may obtain an absentee ballot by contacting the election committee chair. Absentee ballots shall contain provision for write-in candidates, not only the names of nominees submitted by the election committee. Absentee ballots must be received by the election committee chair before the Spring meeting so that they can be counted. Only active members are eligible to vote. The election committee chair shall inform the President of the election results. Results of the election will be announced by the President.
Amended 10/25/01, election procedures modified to reflect current practice.

Section 4

If any elected position becomes vacant, with the exception of that of President, the remaining members of the Board shall choose a member to fill the vacancy for the unexpired part of the term.

Section 5

If the office of President is vacated, the President-Elect shall automatically become President.

Article VI. Meetings

Meetings of this organization shall be in the Fall and Spring unless otherwise ordered by the organization or the Executive Board. Meetings shall be held in various geographical locations of the state with an effort made to balance travel of members.

Article VII. Amendment

This constitution and its bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting. It may also be amended in a special meeting called for that purpose, with one month’s notice in writing and a two-thirds vote. It may also be amended by telephone or mailed vote if two-thirds of the total membership concur with the proposed amendment.


Article I. Membership

Section 1

All persons serving in a professional capacity as librarians, media specialists or Library Media directors in community colleges in the state shall be considered active members upon payment of annual dues.

Section 2

Any person wishing to affiliate with this organization may do so, and will be considered an associate member upon payment of annual dues.

Section 3

This organization may elect into honorary membership by majority vote a person from outside the organization.

Section 4

Associate and honorary members shall not be voting members.

Section 5

All active members will become eligible for lifetime membership upon retirement from the community college system.

Amendment passed 5/18/90 to add section 5.


Article I-A. Dues

Section 1

Two categories of dues shall be assessed. Institutional dues shall entitle all qualified professional staff to activate membership status without payment of any additional personal dues. Personal dues shall be accepted when individual community college libraries do not pay institutional dues.

Section 2

Dues shall be based on the academic year and the amount shall be determined by the Executive Board prior to the preceding spring meeting. The rate of dues shall be determined based on a budget approved by the Executive Board. Libraries with separate library budgets shall be considered separate institutions, while a library branch which comes under the budget of its main library shall be included under the dues of the main institution.

Amended 10/25/01, institutions defined; removed $50 limit on institutional dues.

Section 3

Community college libraries shall be billed for institutional dues after July 1 each year.

 Article II. Meetings

Section 1

Regular meetings shall be as stated in Article VI of the Constitution.

Section 2

Special meetings may be called by the President, the Executive Board, or by a call of 25 percent of the active membership.

Section 3

Active membership present shall constitute a quorum at the regular business meeting. One-third of the total active membership shall constitute a quorum at a special meeting.

Article III. Duties of Officers

Section 1. President

The President shall preside at meetings, appoint committees, be responsible for the ongoing business of the organization, serve as a member of the Executive Board and shall be ex-officio member of all committees. The President or his or her designee shall serve as the representative to the Library and Media Directors’ Council.

Amended section 1 on 5/7/93.


Section 2. President-Elect

  • Serves as President in the absence of the President, and shall immediately become President upon vacancy in the office of President;
  • Serves as a member of the Executive Board;
  • Serves as ex-officio member of those committees as designated by the President
  • Represents CLAMS at LCC meetings if President unable to attend; submits report;

Amended Section 2 2015 Spring Business Meeting

Section 3. Secretary

        • Serves as a member of the Executive Board
        • Together with the President, prepares the agenda for business meetings;
        • Takes minutes of business meetings;
        • Archives business meeting agendas, minutes and other