Ideas and Procedures for starting a School Library Association or Section
Prepared by Beatrice Anderson
If you are desirous of forming a School Library Association or School Section within your local Library Association, here are some pointers to help you along:
Identify the purpose(s) of such an Association/Section which may be:
A brief but well worded resolution should then be tabled to the parent association for permission to form a section or for intent to do so.
If a parent association exists, then you would be the school section of that body. Otherwise, choose a name that best identifies with your country or region.
A minimum of 15 persons who are already paid-up members of the parent association can form the nucleus of this new body. From this group a Steering Committee for the formation of a Section can be appointed.
Such a committee would work with representatives from the Executive Committee for the purpose of drafting proposals concerning the operating regulations and sectional matters for the section or for the new association. You could do the following:
Categories of membership could be:
Officers should include:
This should be one year and, where applicable, coincide with that of the parent association.
Regular meetings may be held once per term, but monthly for the Executive with a proviso for emergency meetings.
You will ned to document all your activities and programmes so that they can be reflected in seasonal reports as well as the Annual Report which should be prepared for the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Invite proposals for a logo from within the immediate membership. Have the design ready for the official launching.
FROM NOW ON YOU WILL BE ON YOUR OWN
LET IASL KNOW HOW YOU ARE GETTING ON
We exist to help.
This document was originally prepared as a print brochure, by Beatrice Anderson, then IASL Director for the Caribbean, in around July 1992.
IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and
Institutions), Management of Library Associations Section, has
prepared a series of brochures that provide advice about establishing
and managing a library association. The brochures are available on
the IFLA web site in English, French, Russian and Chinese:
Last Updated 12 May 2006 (KSB)