Annual Report (2004)
Submitted by: Betsy Peck Learned
2004 Nominating Committee
Betsy Peck Learned, Chair
Jeanne Brown, Executive Board
The 2004 Nominating Committee was charged with identifying a slate of officers for the 2005 ARLIS/NA Executive Board including the following positions: Vice President/President-Elect, Secretary, Northeast Regional Representative, South Regional Representative, and Midwest Regional Representative. The process was completed over a six-month period following Article IX of the Society’s bylaws, section C-26 of the Policy Manual, and the timeline devised by the previous Nominating Committee Chair, Eumie Imm Stroukoff. Following no nominations forthcoming from the membership, the Board approved the following slate of candidates who were announced to the membership via ARLIS-L on September 16, 2004.
Secretary…………………………………………………………..Eumie Imm Stroukoff
Representative………………….Carole Ann Fabian
The committee identified a list of
possible candidates prior to the New York conference. At the conference each
candidate was approached and invited to submit applications for a specific
office. The committee met later in
the conference to exchange information regarding the candidates’ responses and
to narrow down the list. It was
problematic when several candidates expressed their desire to run for a
different office than the one the committee had considered for them. The result
was that by the end of the conference there was an unbalanced (and large) number
of candidates for each Executive Board position. The committee concluded that for this
year an election might have yielded an Executive Board more reflective of the
views of the ARLIS/NA membership than the selection by a Nominating
The committee was concerned that the identification of potential candidates was overly subjective, based largely on committee members’ past experience with the candidates and remarks from Board members. The committee was concerned that members unknown to the committee wishing to serve may not have been identified. This was later compounded by the fact that the past practice of the Nominating Committee was to announce the slate at the same time that it solicited nominations by petition from the membership via ARLIS-L. The committee felt that those members wishing to nominate by petition would be deterred from competing with a known slate. However, the bylaws indicated that nominations by petition should precede the announcement of the slate. After discussion with Jeanne Brown, and former Nominating Committee Chairs, Roger Lawson and Eumie Imm Stroukoff, the committee decided to follow the bylaws and announce the slate after the deadline for nominations and following approval by the Executive Board.
The committee evaluated the
candidates using criteria devised by the former Nominating Committees. The criteria heavily weighted the
candidate’s relevant job experience and leadership experience within ARLIS/NA.
The committee members found the evaluation process difficult as the candidates
were generally equally qualified. Also, for some positions, such as the Regional
Representatives, ARLIS leadership experience may not be necessary, and newer
members would be welcome. After
discussion with Jeanne Brown, it was determined that a better process would be
to establish specific criteria for each Executive Board position. For example, a Vice President/President
Elect might require management experience, whereas a Regional Representative
would need to excel at communication.
Another problem occurred when a
potential candidate assumed the process was an appointment rather than a
selection. After being asked to apply, the candidate announced to another
candidate her appointment, thereby causing the other candidate to withdraw. The
Nominating Committee needs to make the membership better aware of the change in
process from an election to a slate.
The committee suggests the following
changes to the nominating process to ensure fairness and to make the Executive
Board more reflective of the membership.
The timeline will be revised for the incoming committee based on the
Executive Board’s consideration of the following changes: