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Webinar to Discuss Recommended Bylaws Changes


SLA members are encouraged to register for a free Webinar on September 1 that will explain the rationale for making certain changes to the association’s bylaws.

When the election for the SLA Board of Directors opens next month, SLA members will be considering several bylaws changes and one change to the Certificate of Incorporation on the same ballot. The purposes of these changes are as follows:

  1. To comply with the recent amendment to the New York not-for-profit laws, enacted in the Non-Profit Revitalization Act, most of which became effective on 1 July 2014, and include—
  • allowing certain communications by expanded methods, including electronic mail;
  • clarifying a new prohibition (effective 1 January 2016) on employees serving as president; and
  • conforming the committee provisions to the new requirements of law.


  • To ensure compliance with other requirements of the existing Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“NPCL”) and SLA’s governing documents. These changes include—
    • addressing the voting requirement for elections by written ballot;
    • addressing the timing of the election of the secretary;
    • removing a non-complying provision relating to board action by written ballot; and
    • clarifying the provision for amendment of the bylaws.

    To register for the Webinar, click here. To learn more about the proposed changes, visit the Bylaws Resource Center.

    DATE: Tuesday, September 1
    TIME: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern time

    Questions? Contact Linda Broussard at or +1.703.647.4938.

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    Hone Your Leadership Skills through Board Service

    Are you a forward-thinking individual and good communicator with experience in SLA, or do you know someone who fits this description? If so, the SLA Nominating Committee is looking for you and your colleagues!

    Service on the SLA Board of Directors is an opportunity for members to take their leadership skills to the next level. Nominate yourself or a colleague to serve in one of the following leadership positions:

    • President-elect;
    • Chapter Cabinet Chair-elect;
    • Division Cabinet Chair-elect; or
    • Director (2 positions).

    The Nominating Committee is seeking 10 candidates—two for each position (a total of four for the two director positions)—to stand for election in September 2016 and begin serving in January 2017.

    Nominations must be received by 15 October 2015. Details about the responsibilities of each position can be found here.

    Being a candidate and then a board member is an important responsibility as well as a great opportunity to give back to your association while also gaining valuable skills. And it will offer you an opportunity to have a major impact on SLA’s future—our association is facing serious challenges, and strategic changes are necessary.

    Please nominate yourself or your colleagues who are able and willing to serve as members of the SLA Board. To nominate an SLA member for the board, forward the following information to any member of the Nominating Committee listed below:

    • The nominee’s name, e-mail address, physical address, and phone number;
    • The board position for which you are recommending the nominee; and
    • A few paragraphs about why you think this person would be an outstanding candidate and board member.

    The members of the SLA Nominating Committee are as follows:

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    Creating a Framework for a Digitization Strategy

    A popular battle cry among some Internet enthusiasts is “information wants to be free.” But what if information could be better than free—more valuable to people who want to find and use it?


    In January 2008, Kevin Kelly of WIRED magazine identified eight types of value that he said made information “better than free.” Starting from the premise that the Internet is essentially a gigantic copy machine, Kelly posited that people would only pay for things that can’t be copied.

    “From my study of the network economy, I see roughly eight categories of intangible value that we buy when we pay for something that could be free,” he blogged. “In a real sense, these are eight things that are better than free. Eight uncopyable values. I call them ‘generatives.’ A generative value is a quality or attribute that must be generated, grown, cultivated, nurtured. A generative thing can not be copied, cloned, faked, replicated, counterfeited, or reproduced. It is generated uniquely, in place, over time. In the digital arena, generative qualities add value to free copies, and therefore are something that can be sold.”

    Kenn Bicknell, an SLA member and digital resources librarian for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library & Archive, has found another use for these generative values. In an “Info Tech” column for Information Outlook magazine, Bicknell asserts that the values can be used to help develop a strategy for digitizing library resources.

    “Kelly’s construct explores eight key values that greatly enhance the information-seeking experience of our users,” Kenn writes. “. . . I have adapted this concept as a framework for identifying the many considerations involved in developing a digitization strategy.”

    To learn more about the eight values and how they can be used as the basis for a digitization strategy, read Kenn’s column.

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