[Sigmed-l] SIG-MED elections and other business

Andrews, James jandrews at cas.usf.edu
Thu Nov 1 10:08:44 EDT 2007

Hi all,
It was good to see everyone at ASIST and I hope you all had a productive

It was unfortunate that we had only short periods to meet, but I am very
interested in any and all ideas for revitalizing this important SIG.
Since I have only attended the past two SIG-MED meetings (I am usually
only able to go to AMIA each fall), I have a lot to learn regarding
administrative issues related to SIGs, but I am in the process of doing
so now. At this point, we really need to take care of some pressing

1) Louisa has told me that other SIGs are interested in collaborating
with us. She will be sending her notes from the planning meeting soon
and we can discuss options for our session(s). 

2) Steve is working on the the Annual Report, which will be sent in
before long.

3) To do the above, we need to elect some officers. As noted, we are
already in non-compliance with the SIG by-laws since this was to be done
before the annual business meeting, but it needs to be done so I hope
there are no issues that will prevent this. Here are the openings and
any nominees at this point:
Chair: Me (outgoing Steve MacCall)
Cabinet Representative:
Alternative Representative:
Secretary/Treasurer: Nominee: Nancy Blase
Communications Officer: current: Leonard D'Avolio 

As I understand it, we are only required by the by-laws to elect a Chair
and Chair-elect, who also serve as the Cabinet Rep. and Alternate Rep,
Since Nancy has been kind enough to agree to be nominated for
Secretary/Treasurer, I would like to press her good nature to request
that perhaps she consider switching to Chair-elect so that we have the
two required officer positions filled this year. BUT, this may not be
allowed in our rules. If anyone has a copy of our SIG's Operating Rules,
I would appreciate these. Once we review them, I am inclined to suggest
two-year terms for at least the Chair, and am curious to know more about
any past rules the SIG has adopted. If it turns out that we must elect
the other positions, then I would like to solicit nominations (including
self-nominations) for these positions. 
For more information on the responsibilities of these officers, please
refer to the SIG Officers Manual and Bylaws on the ASIST website.

Once we have the nominees finalized, I will send out an electronic
ballot (email) and we can move on from there with the session planning
and other issues related to the future of the SIG.

Thanks for all of your help,

James E. Andrews, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of South Florida
School of Library and Information Science
4202 E. Fowler Ave., CIS 1040
Tampa, FL  33620
Fax: 813-974-6840
jandrews at cas.usf.edu

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