The Los Angeles Archivists Collective Bylaws
Presented to the membership for approval in May 2017 and approved in June 2017.
Article I: Name
This organization’s name shall be the Los Angeles Archivists Collective (LAAC).
Article II: Objectives
The Los Angeles Archivists Collective aims to bring the Los Angeles-area archives community together to discuss, collaborate, connect, and support each other. LAAC will build a local community that encourages professional development and skill-sharing, with a particular emphasis on supporting students and new professionals in the field; facilitate a forum for collaboration, education, participation, and professional growth; and provide archival outreach to local communities by offering educational workshops, facilitating connections to local resources, and promoting general archival awareness.
Article III: Membership
Membership is open to all those in the metropolitan area of Los Angeles who are working or training in the archival professions or are interested in archives.
The organization charges no annual dues. A dues adjustment may be passed by a 2/3rd majority of members present at the first business meeting of the new year.
Article IV: Meetings
The organization shall meet a minimum of two times a year, with at least a three-week advance notice of date and place.
Meetings will be held at various archival repositories on a rotating basis. The host repository may share or supplement the cost of refreshments.
New business may be introduced at any meeting. The meetings are open to the general public.
Article V: Organization
Elected officers of the organization shall be the Steering Committee made up of 3 members; Secretary; Treasurer; and the Subcommittee Chairs made up of 5 members representing the Diversity, Press & Publications, Social Activities, Advocacy & Outreach, and Education Subcommittees.
Terms of Office
Each Steering Committee member serves a staggered 3 year term of office. Each Subcommittee Chair serves a 1 year term of office. The Secretary and the Treasurer serves 2 years.
Should an officer be unable to complete their term, a special election will be held at the next meeting to replace the officer for the duration of the term.
The Steering Committee coordinates the organization’s meetings; presides at all meetings and seeks members to serve on subcommittees.
Secretary takes minutes of all meetings of the organization, sends report of all meeting minutes to be posted on the website, maintains a copy of the current by-laws, maintains an accurate membership roster, and keeps records of organization documents. Secretary may serve concurrently in Steering Committee or Subcommittee chair position.
Treasurer is custodian of all funds; maintains financial records, requests and tracks all receipts and expenses, monitors the organization’s bank and PayPal accounts, provides reimbursements as needed, receives all proceeds from fundraising efforts, and presents financial reports to the organization at meetings. Treasurer may serve concurrently in Steering Committee or Subcommittee chair position.
Subcommittee Chairs organize subcommittee meetings, ensure subcommittee activities are scheduled and executed, and report to the membership on their progress at each meeting.
Article VI: Elections
Elections for Subcommittee Chairs are held every year at the last meeting of the calendar year with the terms commencing at the start of the new year. Elections for the Secretary and Treasurer are held every 2 years. Elections for Steering Committee are held every year, with one member rotating off each year.
A nomination committee consisting of the acting Steering Committee and at least two members of the organization will nominate members for office. Only active members are eligible for nomination. An active member is someone who currently serves on a committee or who has participated in at least one LAAC event in the past calendar year.
Nominations can be made and seconded from the floor prior to the election of each officer. No person shall be elected to any office or named to any position of responsibility who is not present at the said election and who has not freely offered his or her name for the purpose.
Voting shall be by secret ballot when there is more than one candidate for a particular office. Election shall be by a simple majority.
Current students may not be elected to Steering Committee or Subcommittee Chair positions.
Article VII: Advisory Board
The LAAC Advisory Board will help guide the direction and development of LAAC and promote and advocate for the importance of a community-based organization for Los Angeles area archivists. Advisory Board members will assist LAAC in addressing its goals, primarily refining its mission statement, seeking grant funding opportunities, identifying community needs, and collaborating with other community organizations. LAAC Advisory Board Guidelines can be accessed here.
Article VIII: Amendments
These bylaws may be amended or expanded at any business meeting of the calendar year by a 2/3rd vote of those members present, provided that the membership is notified of the proposed amendment(s) at least three weeks prior to the meeting.