ACTION started as an interest group for library support staff and paraprofessionals. In 1991, Nevada was one of a few states with no group specifically for library support staff, although there was interest in forming such a group. In the fall of 1991, the NLA Executive Board and the membership approved the formation of an interest group dedicated to support staff issues. The interest group, referred to as ACTION, includes all classifications of library employees, because all staff working together make a library system. The desire of ACTION is to be a unifying force, not a division of classifications.
ACTION RULES OF PROCEDURE
ARTICLE I. NAME.
The name of the organization shall be All Classifications Teamed In One Network (ACTION).
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE.
The purpose of the organization shall be
a. To explore the needs and interests of non-MLS staff in Nevada libraries.
b. To encourage the maximal development and use of all library personnel, and
c. To increase participation in the Nevada Library Association throughout all levels of classifications.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP.
Any personal member of the Nevada Library Association interested in the purpose of the organization is eligible for membership upon application and payment of dues as established by NLA Bylaws.
ARTICLE IV. ORGANIZATION.
ACTION is an interest group of the Nevada Library Association, as defined by Article V, Section 2, of the NLA Bylaws.
ARTICLE V. OFFICERS.
Section 1. Any personal member of ACTION is eligible for office.
Section 2. The officers of this organization shall be a chairperson and a chairperson-elect, both elected by a majority of the ACTION members. The chairperson-elect shall succeed the chairperson and shall assist with functions designated by the chairperson. The responsibilities of the chairperson shall be:
a. Solicit and transmit information about group concerns to the editor of the Nevada Libraries.
b. Act as coordinator of all communications of the interest group.
c. Select and reserve appropriate meeting times and places at the NLA annual meeting.
d. Plan a program or appoint a program chairperson for the NLA annual meeting.
e. Initiate or respond to requests for additional training activities during the year.
f. Act as coordinator or designate a coordinator for business meetings of the interest group.
g. Schedule business meetings as needed.
h. Submit a written budget request and program justification to the finance committee by December 31st of each year preceding the year for which the budget is requested.
Section 3. The term of office for the chairperson will be for one calendar year.
ARTICLE VI. ELECTIONS/NOMINATIONS.
All members of the interest group shall be eligible for nomination to the office of chairperson. The incumbent chairperson shall submit to the membership the name of at least one candidate for the office of chairperson-elect. The election shall be conducted by mail within thirty days following the NLA annual meeting.
ARTICLE VII. MEETINGS.
Section 1. There shall be one business meeting coinciding with the NLA annual meeting.
Section 2. Special meeting may be called by the chairperson.
Section 3. Action and policy may be created by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any duly called meetings.
ARTICLE VIII. COMMITTEES.
The chairperson shall appoint committee as necessary to carry out the functions of the interest group.
ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENTS.
These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of those members present at any meeting, providing such meeting is announced at least three weeks in advance, or by mail ballot.