Realigning Our Structure: An Inside Look at the Proposed Bylaw Changes
As you have probably heard by now, the ALA Board of Directors has been examining our governance structure over the last several months to ensure it is meeting our current and future needs. And in keeping with this column, it’s a pretty Big Idea!
Given the accelerated change in the industry, the increasing expectations of our members and the critical role of chapters in ALA, we need the best Board and chapter support structure possible. Our current governance structure — a Board composed of regional and at-large directors and regional teams supporting chapters — has been in place for some time and has served us reasonably well. But we recognize that our governance structure has not been in step with the changing needs of the Association and its members.
We are excited to share that ALA’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved a proposed bylaw amendment to change the organization’s governance structure. We believe this new structure will align our Association with a stronger focus on organizational strategy, increased volunteer opportunities and dedicated chapter support.
This proposal is removing barriers and opening doors as follows:
Provide a stronger focus on organizational strategy by eliminating the regional structure of the Association. This change, if approved by the membership, will allow the Board to focus on the strategic matters of the Association rather than management and oversight of regional and chapter affairs.
Increase volunteer opportunities and better meet the needs of the Association by electing all directors at large. The Board of Directors will be composed of nine (9) directors from the membership at large, not designated by region, and three (3) Executive Committee members (President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President). The overall size of the Board will not change; this modification will open the door for volunteer opportunities to those who currently do not qualify solely because of their geographical location. This would apply to Board service, the Nominating Committee and chapter support opportunities.