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SIS Advisory Board Bylaws

School of Information Sciences Advisory Board
The University of Tennessee


In fall 2005, College of Communication and Information Interim Dean Greg Reed asked each school director to prepare a proposal to develop an advisory board.

Article 1 — Name

The name of this organization shall be the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences (SIS) Advisory Board.

Article 2 — Purpose

The purpose of the SIS Advisory Board (hereafter referred to as the Board) shall be to advise and support the programs of the School of Information Sciences. At the request of the SIS Director or the discretion of the Board officers, the Board may form ad hoc committees in order to support SIS.

Article 3 — Composition

The Board will be comprised of distinguished information professionals who exemplify the library and information science professions and who represent varied experiences and backgrounds.

Article 4 — Size

The Board will consist of at least ten members. A quorum consists of a simple majority of members.

Article 5 — Terms

In consultation with the faculty, Board members will be selected by the SIS Director and will serve three year terms, in staggered succession.

Article 6 — Meetings

The Board will meet once each year. Additional meetings may be held as deemed appropriate by the SIS director.

Article 7 — Budget

Board members are expected to cover their own travel and housing expenses for Board meetings and events, whenever possible. In rare circumstances, the School will consider supporting Board members’ travel and housing expenses for Board meetings and events, upon request.

Article 8 — Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the Modern Edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the Board in all cases where they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the Board may adopt.

Article 9 — Amendments

These Bylaws may be amended by a seventy percent vote of the membership of the Board in attendance.

Article 10 — Officers

Section 1 – The elected officers of the Board shall be the President, and Vice-president (President-elect), and Secretary.

  1. The President, in consultation with the SIS Director, shall preside at all meetings, plan the program of activity for the year, appoint committees as appropriate, and assume any other duties necessary. The immediate Past-President will serve at least one year on the Board following the year as President.
  2. The Secretary shall keep records of all the proceedings.

Section 2 – Officers shall be elected by a majority of members in attendance casting secret ballots. Section 3 – Officers will each serve a one-year term. Upon completion of the one year term, the President shall succeed to the office of immediate Past-President, and the Vice-president (President-elect) shall succeed to the office of President. The Secretary may stand for re-election. Officers will assume their duties at the end of the annual meeting. Section 4 – The School will select a member of the College of Communication and Information Board of Visitors to serve as liaison to the SIS Advisory Board.

Revised and Approved: September 28, 2007