710: American Association of School Librarians Delegate

General Duties

1. The Affiliate Assembly Delegate shall serve a term of one year or until a successor is appointed and qualified. The Delegate must be a member of the New Mexico Library Association, American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association. The Delegate represents the Association and shall be certified and have powers and duties as prescribed by the Bylaws of the AASL division. The Delegate shall take office and attend the ALA summer conference following his/her appointment.

2. The AASL Delegate attends all AASL Affiliate Assembly meetings at the ALA annual conference, and reports on AASL activities at Executive Board meetings and the annual business meeting of NMLA. The Delegate is not instructed on how to vote at the Affiliated Assembly meetings, as it is difficult to know in advance what will come before a meeting. The Delegate should consider questions which come before the Affiliate Assembly in light of the best interests of our state as a whole; and should report controversial matters to the Executive Board as soon as possible.

3. Act as a liaison between NMLA and the AASL. Hold necessary meetings to acquaint NMLA members with AASL activities and to hear views. Advise and coordinate mutual activities of NMLA and AASL.

4. The AASL Delegate should prepare news items or articles on AASL activities of special interest to NMLA members for the Newsletter and stage an annual national and state issues forum or program at the NMLA conference.

5. The AASL Delegate may request funds to attend Affiliate Assembly meetings if the library in which the Delegate is employed cannot or does not pay expenses at these meetings.

6. The AASL Delegate should maintain a file of Affiliate Assembly materials (Affiliate Assembly and Executive Board minutes, controversial reports, and pertinent committee files) from which items of special interest may be requested by interested NMLA members.

7. The AASL Delegate shall maintain the assigned copy of the Procedural Handbook in good order, consulting the chair the of Bylaws & Procedures Committee about anything in it that may seem to be insufficient, inconsistent or incorrect. The Handbook should be correct and up-to-date when passed on the succeeding AASL Delegate.