Procedures and Rules
- Identification, Establishment, and Delegation of Powers:
1. Standing Committees are Awards and Honors, Budget, Bylaws,
Communications, Conference, Legislative and Government Relations,
Membership, Nominations and Elections and Preservation.
2. The Council may establish additional Standing and Special Project
3. Additional Standing Committees are established when the Council decides
there is a long-term continuous need for a committee to function in an
area not already covered by one of the Standing Committees identified in
the Bylaws or these Procedures and Rules. These additional committees
are subsequently identified and described in the Procedures and Rules
according to the charges given to them by the Council.
4. Special Project Committees are appointed to fulfill specific objectives of
the Network. They may be of short or long-term duration, according to the
parameters of the project; their activities are subject to annual review by
the Council and they continue to function as USAIN committees only so
long as the Network continues to support the objectives they were
established to fulfill.
5. All Committees are responsible to the Council, which delegates such
powers and functions to them, as the Council finds desirable for the
conduct of business and achievement of objectives.
- Composition and Organization:
1. The Chairs and members of all Standing and Special Project Committees
must be Individual Members of the Network or the designated
representatives of Institutional Members;
2. The Chairs of all Standing and Special Project Committees should be
actively involved in USAIN activities and should have served previously on
committees they are appointed to Chair (if at all possible);
3. The Chairs of all Standing Committees except the Awards, Bylaws and
Nominations Committees are appointed by the President and serve for
one year. They may be re- appointed, but no member may chair any one
Committee for more than four consecutive years;
4. Members of all Standing Committees except the Awards, Bylaws, and
Nominations Committees may be appointed either by the President or by
the Committee Chair; appointments are for two years, and members may
be re-appointed, but may not serve continuously on any one committee for
more than six years;
5. A Chair or two co-chairs and the members of each Special Project
Committee are appointed by the President; appointments to long-term
Special Project Committees shall be made to provide continuity of
membership; the President may solicit recommendation from current or
past members of a Special Project Committee when making
6. The President shall either serve, ex officio, on all Special Project
Committees or designate another member of the Council to serve;
7. Each Director is assigned Standing and/or Special Project Committee
Liaison responsibilities as determined by the President.
- Duties and Responsibilities:
1. All committees report annually to the Council on activities, expenditures,
and future plans; they also provide additional reports at the request of the
Council or the President.
2. All committee chairs:
a) Maintain and publish on the USAIN web site an up-to-date list of the
committee's members, including their years of service and any
b) Prepare an annual estimate of committee expenses, to be included in the
budget developed by the Budget Committee;
c) Review the appropriate sections of the Procedures and Rules at the
conclusion of their terms and submit proposed corrections and revisions
as needed for inclusion in the next edition;
d) Arrange for the transfer of committee files to their successors or to the
1. The Network provides the following financial support to each Committee:
a) Funding for such expenses as postage and telephone calls, when
not covered by the Committee members' organizations.
b) Other expenses as authorized by the Council.