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Section Chairs’ Manual

The Section Chairs’ Manual is designed to help Section chairs navigate their way through their terms in office.

To use this manual, use the Table of Contents below or the right-hand navigation located throughout the manual.

Detailed Table of Contents

1. MLA STRUCTURE
1.1 Mission
1.2 Bylaws
2.
SECTION COUNCIL
2.1 Section Council Chair
2.2 Section Council Representatives
2.3 Proxy Vote
3. SECTIONS
3.1 Functions
3.2 Bylaws
3.3 Section Composition
3.3.1 Section Chair
3.3.2 Relationship to Headquarters Staff
3.3.3 Relationship to MLA Committees
3.4 Formation of Sections
3.5 Dissolution of Sections
4. COMMUNICATIONS
4.1 Objectives
4.2 Reports
4.3 Motions
4.4 E-mail and Voting
4.5 Section Compliance
4.6 Petitions
4.7 Candidates for MLA Nominating Committee
4.8 MLA Directory Information
4.9 Correspondence
4.10 MLA News
4.11 Official Statements
4.12 Meeting Arrangements
5. BUDGET
5.1 Funding
5.2 Seeking Outside Funding
6. ANNUAL MEETING
7. CONTINUITY
7.1 Procedure Manual
7.2 Transfer from the Outgoing to the Incoming Chair
7.3 Helping the Incoming Chair
8. SECTION WORK
Appendices
1. MLA Section List Request Form
2. Centralized Dues Information
3. Formulating Objectives/MLA Priorities
4. Guidelines for the Preparation of Chapter/Section Reports
5. MLA Motion Form
6. Section Compliance Requirements and Procedures
7. MLA Nominating Committee Election Information Form
8. MLA Directory Form
9. Fact Sheet for Submitting Articles to MLA News
10. Excerpts from Robert’s Rules of Order
11. Responsibilities of Section Officers
12. Model Bylaws
13. Section Procedures for Submitting Bylaws Revisions to the MLA Bylaws Committee
14. Chapter and MLA Guidelines for Seeking Outside Funding
15. E-mail and Voting
16. Document Retention Guidelines
17. MLA Special Interest Groups
18. Symposia Guidelines
19. Forming New Sections
20. Section Chairs’ Listserv
21. Section Rotation Schedule (out of date)
22. Fundraising Procedures
23. MLA Archives Guidelines

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