Nevada Library Association Handbook
Board of Trustees
Reference and Information Searchers of Nevada
Interest Group (RAISON)
- 1983, Jack Ritenhouse, University of Nevada, Reno
- 1984-1985, Susan Kendall, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- 1986, Mata-Maria Cooney, Truckee Meadows Community College
- 1987-1988, Barbara Butler, University of Nevada, Reno & Wendy Starkweather, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- 1989, Laura Lawrence, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
- 1990-1991, Shelly Collins, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
- 1992, Tom Mirkovich, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- 1993-1996, Vacant
- 1997-1998, Mary Claire Hutchinson, Washoe County Library
- 1999, Pam Zehnder, West Charleston Library
- 2001-2002, Mona Reno, Nevada State Library and Archives
- 2003-2005, Vickie Barnett, LVCCLD
- 2006-2007, Nikki Winslow, LVCCLD
- 2008-2012, Arlene Caruso, Henderson Libraries
- 2013-present, inactive
RULES OF PROCEDURE
ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of this organization shall be Reference and Information Searchers of Nevada (RAISON).
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization shall be:
a. To further the development and quality of reference services including computer searching.
b. To increase communication between reference staff and other library personnel.
c. To contribute to the development and improvement of education and training of reference librarians.
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 the NLA Bylaws.
ARTICLE IV. ORGANIZATION
RAISON 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 RAISON is eligible for office.
Section 2. The officer of this organization shall be a chairperson, elected by a majority of the RAISON members and shall:
a. Solicit and transmit information about reference activities to the editors of the Nevada Libraries and Raison Newsletter;
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 of grant proposals initiated by the interest group;
g. Schedule business meetings as needed;
h. Shall 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 (1) calendar year.
ARTICLE VI. ELECTIONS/NOMINATIONS
All members of the interest group shall be eligible for nomination to the office of chairperson. The incumbent can serve a maximum of two consecutive complete terms. The incumbent chairperson shall submit to the membership the name of at least one candidate for the office of chairperson. 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 meetings may be called by the chairperson.
Section 3. Action and policy may be created by a two-thirds of the member present at any duly called meeting.
ARTICLE VIII. COMMITTEES
The chairperson shall appoint committees as necessary to carry out the functions of the interest group.
ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENTS
These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds of those members present at any meeting, providing such meeting is announced at least three weeks in advance, or by mail ballot.