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The LMD Manual should be used in conjunction with SLA documents and websites such as:
Leadership Resources (Members only access)
- SLA Recommended Practices for Divisions
- Model Division Governing Document
- SLA Leadership Training Manual and Useful Handbooks
Leadership Training – Click U Courses for various unit positions (i.e. Treasurer, Webmaster)
LMD Policy and Procedures Manual
Last revised December 2011
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This document is intended as a guide to assist Leadership & Management Division officers and Committee and Section Chairs in fulfilling their responsibilities. The procedures outlined here are by no means exhaustive and are intended to empower, not to restrict, busy members as they conduct the business of the Division. This document reinforces the Division’s Governing Document (2004) and follows SLA’s Recommended Practices for Divisions (2007) to the extent applicable to LMD and its members.
Overview of LMD
The Leadership & Management Division (LMD), an SLA division since 1976, is run by members for members. (The 1992 revision of the Bylaws makes official a decision made at the June 1991 Board meeting to change the Division’s acronym to LMD.). Members represent a wide range of experience, from seasoned senior managers to new information professionals interested in leadership and management concepts. LMD activities and programs are oriented toward experienced and aspiring leadership of large and small libraries and information centers. Working with colleagues on an LMD project or activity is one of the best ways to be a leader in special library or information center management. The LMD elected officers plus the current chairs of LMD committees and LMD sections make up the Division’s management team/advisory council. This group meets regularly throughout the year to conduct Division business using available technology.
Annual Business Meeting
The Annual Business Meeting of the Leadership & Management Division (LMD) is held during the Association’s Annual Conference. A quorum at the Annual Business Meeting requires a minimum of 25 LMD members.
The leadership of the Leadership & Management Division is organized into an Executive Board made up of the 6 elected officers:
- Chair (1 year)
- Secretary (3 years)
- Chair-Elect (1 year)
- Treasurer (3 years)
- Immediate Past Chair (1 year)
- Director (3 years)
The office of Chair, Chair-Elect, and Past Chair is held by the same person over a three year period. The term of office is usually one year for each position. The term of office for the Secretary, Treasurer, and Director is three years for each position. Each term of office begins on January 1st. These terms are staggered so each year members elect a chair-elect and either the secretary, treasurer or director.
Each member of the Executive Board must be a member of the Leadership & Management Division as well as a member of the Special Libraries Association. All members of the LMD Executive Board serve until their successors are elected and have assumed their duties. [more]
LMD’s Executive Board meets throughout the year utilizing appropriate and available technology that allows sufficient participation of members for the conduct of Division business. The Executive Board usually meets in conjunction with the Division’s Advisory Council. The Executive Board currently meets at least once each year in-person and members of the Advisory Council, as well as other LMD members, are welcome to attend if they are in the vicinity.
This policy should be reviewed on a regular basis as time, financial resources and technology warrant a re-examination of the benefits of in-person meetings.
Four members of the Executive Board constitute a quorum.
The Secretary records and distributes minutes of meetings of the Executive Board.
NOTE: Download the PDF file for more details on the roles and responsibility for the following LMD positions:
- Past Chair
- Section Chair
- Archives Committee
- Awards – additional information also available on the LMD Wiki
- Conference Program
- Discussion List
- Professional Development
- Strategic Planning
- Vendor Relations – additional information available on LMD Wiki