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University Libraries Section (ULS): About Our Committees

Whether you are a chair, committee member, or prospective member, this is your go-to resource for information about ULS committees.

Charge

The Nominating Committee's charge is to choose, in accordance with the deadlines prescribed by the executive director of ACRL, a slate of nominees for the section positions vacant as of the close of the next ALA Conference.

Committee members

The immediate past-chair of ULS is the chair of the Nominating Committee. Three additional ULS members serve on the Nominating Committee. Each member serves through one election cycle, which extends across two years. 

Unlike other committees, the Nominating Committee begins its work in the spring, before ALA Annual, so the Nominating Committee is appointed earlier than most other ULS Committees. See the current committee roster

ALA Connect

The Nominating Committee on ALA Connect: Post and find agendas, minutes, and committee happenings.

Please note that you will need to sign in to ALA Connect using your regular ALA web site username and password to access ACRL ULS committee content.

Committee responsibilities

The chair can decide to hold meetings virtually or face to face. Common practice is to conduct business outside the conference structure, usually virtually.

An ACRL staff liaison will contact the committee chair to confirm the list of vacancies and provide a document outlining procedures and the key deadlines. The committee chair then distributes the information provided by the ACRL staff liaison, schedules meetings of the group, and assures that deadlines are met.

Procedures for developing the slate include the following:
  • Only two candidates should run for each vacant position. 
  • If the office requires two candidates to be elected, only three candidates should run for the vacant positions. 
  • The committee should confirm nominees and prepare and distribute consent forms. 
  • The position of the candidates on the ballot is determined by lots drawn by the Nominating Committee.
  • As a courtesy, the committee should share the slate with the ULS Executive Committee before sending it to ACRL. The ULS Executive Committee does not approve slates.
  • The slate and signed letters of consent for each candidate are submitted to ACRL.
  • The Nominating Committee proofs the ballot and sends any needed revisions or corrections to ACRL.
Committee members should follow these guidelines:
  • Learn the roles and responsibilities of the vacant positions.
  • Actively recruit candidates for office, including lists of qualified candidates not elected in recent balloting.
  • Respond promptly to calls for meetings and offer feedback as requested.