Charge: Shall serve as the liaison between non-voting
affiliate members in accordance with Article III, the Chapters
in accordance with Article X, and the Black Caucus Executive Board;
solicit state or local organizations of Black library and information
service personnel to affiliate with the Black Caucus as Chapters;
maintain and transfer as appropriate records and files on non-voting
affiliate members and Chapters.
link: Affiliated Chapters
Affirmative Action Committee
Charge: Shall prepare the organization's Affirmative Action Position
Statement; keep abreast of affirmative action legislation, national,
state and local, as it relates to Black Caucus activities; advise
the Executive Board and membership of affirmative action activities
as appropriate; establish procedures for Executive Board review
and approval on:
- gathering and publishing affirmative action data,
- receiving and acting on affirmative action complaints,
- receiving and supporting affirmative action cases,
- monitoring ALA's affirmative action policies and practices,
- monitoring nominations and committee appointments of ALA and
ALA Relations Committee
Charge: Shall keep abreast of ALA Council and Divisional
activities, and local, state, national, and international legislation,
as they relate to Black Caucus activities; advise the Executive
Board and membership of such ALA activities and legislation that
require direct input by the Black Caucus; recommend action to
be taken by the Executive Board and membership on such ALA activities
Charge: In accordance with the awards manual and procedures
reviewed and approved by the Executive Board, shall administer
the Black Caucus awards; solicit nominations, select the recipient,
and present the Annual Distinguished Service Award; present, in
conjunction with the President, Certificates of Appreciation and
Special Recognition Plaques.
Charge: Shall monitor fiscal affairs of the Black Caucus;
audit the financial records submitted by the Treasurer, solicit
in conjunction with the Treasurer budget request from officers
and committee chairs and present a budget allocation request report
to the Executive Board for review and approval at the Midwinter
meeting; make recommendations to the Executive Board in all areas
of financial management; participate in any fund raising activities
reviewed and approved by the Executive Board.
Constitution and Bylaws Committee
Charge: Shall maintain a constant review of, and issue
to the membership the Constitution and Bylaws, recommend needed
changes to the Executive Board and membership, and attend all
Executive Board and membership meetings.
Dr. John C. Tyson Award Committee
The Dr. John C. Tyson Award Committee focuses on the accomplishments
of individuals during their first ten years as professional librarians.
The award, which will consist of a citation and a check, is planned
to be awarded in conjunction with the Dr. John C. Tyson Memorial
Lecture at future National Conference of African American Librarians.
The award will be funded by interest generated by the endowment
fund the Caucus has set up to handle the donations. The Caucus
has been receiving in Johns memory, and in recognition of
his contributions to the Caucus and to the profession.
The purpose of the award is to identify and recognize the accomplishments
of individuals early in their careers. The award will also challenge
each of us to be more aware of the activities of our colleagues
and to focus attention on their successes.
Specific guidelines and deadlines for the award will become the
work of the committee.
The Executive Board serves as the governing body of the Black
Caucus. It is responsible for acting on behalf of the membership
by setting policies. See the Constitution & Bylaws for additional
link: Executive Board
Fund Raising Committee
Charge: In accordance with Article IX. Finance, shall
coordinate and engage in fund raising activities to support the
programs and activities of the Black Caucus; coordinate fund raising
activities with the Treasurer, and in conjunction with the chair
of the Budget/Audit Committee; solicit ideas and support for,
and inform the membership of, fund raising activities, solicit
donations from funding sources.
Charge: Shall develop and coordinate membership promotion
activities; keep current records of membership status; recommend
to the Executive Board policies relating to membership and dues;
prepare a Membership Directory in cooperation with the Publications
link: Membership Information
Nominations and Elections Committee
Charge: In accordance with Article V. Elections, and procedures
for conducting elections reviewed and approved by the Executive
Board, shall solicit nominations for office; prepare, receive
and tally ballots for election; report results of elections to
the Executive Board and the membership.
link: Nomination Form (PDF format)
Charge: Shall plan and initiate programs and activities
for the membership; recommend and coordinate programs that will
enhance the growth, interest and informational needs of the membership;
schedule, in conjunction with the Secretary, Treasurer, and in
coordination with the President, meeting rooms for the Executive
Board and membership meetings.
link: Upcoming Conference & Meeting Events
Public Relations Committee
Charge: Shall engage in public relations activities to
highlight the Black Caucus; publicize the services, events, and
activities of the Black Caucus, in coordination and cooperation
with appropriate committee chairs; promote and develop media to
enhance the image of Black librarians.
Charge: Shall coordinate and assist in the production
of Black Caucus publications, including such publications as the
Annual Report, Membership Directory and Newsletter; solicit and
prepare information for inclusion in Black Caucus publications;
assist the President in preparing information for publication
on the Black Caucus.
Recruitment and Professional Development
Charge: Shall promote and develop strategies for recruiting
Blacks into the field of library and information science; conduct
an orientation session to acquaint new or interested members with
the purpose, services and programs of the Black Caucus in particular
and of ALA in general; provide information and activities to facilitate
Black librarians' professional career development.
link: Committee Activities
Technology Advisory Committee
Charge: The Technology Advisory Council (TAC) shall be
an advocate for widening the use of technology within the Black
Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA). The primary
objectives of TAC are:
- to provide forums for communication (i.e., website, electronic
discussion forum, etc.) among BCALA members;
- to be a focal point for policy and input for information technology
forums (networks, databases, etc.);
- to advise BCALA members on current and emerging technologies
that encourage development and evaluation among BCALA members;
- to provide a collective vision with advice on research directions
using technology for BCALA.