University of Rhode Island Libraries
Adopted March 14,
1975, Revised January 11, 1985, Revised May 2, 1986; Revised 6 April 2001;
Revised 5 March 2010
Article I. Membership
- The University Libraries consist of the University Library
(Kingston), the Feinstein College of Continuing Education (Providence Center), and the
Pell Marine Science Library (Narragansett Bay Campus).
- Faculty assigned to the University Libraries shall
constitute its faculty.
Article II. Officers
- The Dean of the University Libraries shall preside at the
meeting of the faculty. In case of a tie, the Dean may cast a vote.
- In the absence of the Dean, the Dean's designee shall
preside, or in the designee's absence, the highest ranking faculty member present shall
- Only full-time or part-time continuing faculty shall hold
- The secretary shall be elected in April by the faculty to
serve a term of one year. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of faculty meetings,
including the call of meetings, committee reports as adopted, and the record of all
business transacted. The Secretary shall publish the agenda and relevant documentation.
Article III. Meetings
- Attendance of faculty at meetings is expected. One-half of
the membership shall constitute a quorum.
- The faculty shall meet each month (normally the first
Friday) during the academic year. Additional meetings may be called by the Dean, or on
written request of twenty-five percent (25%) of the faculty.
- Agenda for the regularly scheduled meetings shall be
delivered to the faculty no less than seven days in advance of the meeting. Agenda shall
be accompanied by all relevant documentation.
Article IV. Committees
- Standing Committees
- Faculty Development Committee: The Faculty Development
Committee (FDC) shall be comprised of two faculty members appointed by the Dean and three
elected in April by the faculty to serve for one year. The Committee shall encourage the
development of teaching and research within the faculty, and investigate matters that
affect the faculty's professional development. The Committee shall submit a report of its
activities and recommendations at each regular meeting of the faculty.
The chairperson shall be designated by the Dean. A
vice-chairperson shall be elected by the Committee to serve in the absence of the
- Curriculum Committee: The Curriculum
Committee shall be comprised of one faculty member appointed by the Dean and two faculty
members elected in April by the faculty to serve for three year terms. The Committee shall
review and approve permanent and temporary courses, and externally offered non-credit
seminars, short courses, training programs, etc. (see Article 8.43., 8.44, and Appendix E
of the University Manual. The committee shall submit a report of its activities
and recommendations at each regular meeting of the faculty.
The chairperson shall be designated annually by the Dean.
- URI Library
Faculty Oversight Committee for HELIN: The
URI Library Faculty Oversight Committee for HELIN
will consist of five (5) members elected by the College faculty (at
least two (2) each from Public and Technical Services) to serve two-year
terms. Reelection is permitted. The committee will elect a chair from
among its members. During the first election, one (1) member from each
Department will be elected to a single year term to allow for
continuity. The Committee will monitor the operations of HELIN,
determine URIís Librariesí faculty stand on IUG enhancements, keep the
Library faculty informed about HELIN plans and activities, and advise
the Dean on URIís Librariesí faculty stand on HELIN issues.
- Special Committees
- Special Committees shall consider matters referred to them
and shall report to the next regular faculty meeting unless otherwise stipulated in the
legislation creating them.
Article V. Elections
- The Nominating Committee shall be comprised of the Dean, or
the Dean's designee and two faculty members elected in February by the faculty. The
Committee shall present at least one nominee for each elective position provided for in
these By-Laws and in the University Manual, and shall forward their
recommendations to the Secretary for inclusion in the agenda of the meeting at which an
election is to be held.
- Nominations may be made from the floor.
- Elections shall be by secret ballot.
- Balloting shall be conducted by two tellers, appointed by
the presiding officer who shall report the results at the same meeting the election is
- A nominee receiving a majority of
votes cast for the position shall be declared elected, and shall serve until the next
election for that position.
Article VI. Parliamentary Authority
- A current edition of Sturgis Standard Code of
Parliamentary Procedure governs this organization in all parliamentary situations
that are not provided for in the law or in its charter, bylaws, or adopted rules.
(Sturgis, Alice. Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, Second
Edition. NY: McGraw Hill.)
- A parliamentarian will be appointed at the April meeting by
Article VII. Amendment of By-Laws
- These By-Laws may be amended at any regular meeting
of the faculty by a two-thirds vote of the members present and eligible to vote, providing
the faculty has received a thirty-day written notice of the proposed amendment.