By Law No. 1 Articles 1 - 4

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Head Office

  1. The head office of the Association and its divisions shall be in the City of Toronto, in the Province of Ontario and at such place therein as the Board of Directors of the Association may from time to time determine.

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Corporate Seal

  1. The seal, an impression thereof is stamped in the margin hereof, shall be the Corporate Seal of the Association.

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  1. Membership shall consist of individuals and such corporations, associations, partnerships and other legal entities that are interested in librarianship and in library and information service.

    Members shall be classed as follows:

      (a) Personal members

      (b) Institutional members (libraries, corporations and other interested organizations, institutions or groups)

      (c) Honorary Members (as defined by Board resolution)

      (d) Associate members (individuals who do not earn their livelihood from the library field)

      (e) e. Affiliate members (individuals who belong to specifically designated library organizations whose members are not within the mandate of the Association)

    When a public library board joins the Ontario Library Boards’ Association, the trustees of that library board shall become personal members of the OLA.

    Division membership shall consist of such members of the Association who are in good standing.

    All members shall possess the following rights and privileges:
    • the right to vote,
    • the right to receive the official membership publications and communications of the Association or Division, and
    • such other benefits and services as the Association may establish.

    In addition personal members in good standing shall be eligible to hold elective office in the Association or Division and to serve on the committees, task forces and action groups of the Association or Division.

    Members may resign by submitting their resignation in writing, which shall be effective upon acceptance by the Board of Directors of the Association.

    Each member in good standing shall be entitled to one vote on each question arising at any special or general meeting of the members. Associations, partnerships and other legal entities may vote through a duly authorized proxy.

    Each member shall promptly be informed by the Executive Director of the Association of his admission as a member.

    The Board of Directors of the Association by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present at a meeting of the Board may suspend a member or reinstate a suspended member. Such suspension or reinstatement shall take place as determined by a resolution of the Board.

    A member in good standing is one who may exercise all the usual rights of membership. A member loses good standing when the member is delinquent in dues or other financial obligations by the deadline set by the Association for payment. Good standing is restored when dues and financial obligations are paid in full. The member may also lose good standing if suspended from membership in the Association for any reason.

    The association will maintain a policy defining the rights that a member may lose when placed not in good standing, but the rights lost, at a minimum, are the right to attend meetings, or to be represented by proxy at such meetings, and the right to run for office.

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Membership Fees

  1. Each member of the Association shall upon application, pay the required membership fee to the Association. The membership fee shall be fixed by the Board of Directors of the Association from time to time and shall be approved by the members of the Association at the annual general meeting of the Association.

    The Executive Director shall notify the members of the dues or fees at any time payable by them and if they are not paid within sixty (60) days of the date of such notice the members in default shall thereupon automatically cease to be members of the Association.

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