The Library Staff Support Committee (LSSC) exists to act as a liaison between the Library staff and the Library Administration and librarians.
The LSSC will work with administrators, librarians, and staff, to facilitate communication within the library. The LSSC will put staff concerns and ideas before the decision-making bodies that can best address and act upon them. The Committee will endeavor to identify staff members to be added to library committees where staff input will be beneficial.
The LSSC consists of twelve members, one member elected from administration services (staff not covered by other divisions), one member elected from each of the following divisions: Area Studies, Arts & Humanities, Law,Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, Social Sciences, and Special Collections; and two members each elected from Technical Services, and Central Public Services.
To be eligible to be elected a candidate must have been a staff member of the U of I Library for at least 6 months as of the 30th of May preceding the May election. A staff member may serve for two consecutive elected terms (or a maximum of five consecutive years).
Officers are elected at the first meeting of the new committee and, if necessary, offices can be shared. The election is won by a majority vote.
An executive committee consists of the Chair, Vice Chair, and Administrative Council Attendee.
A minimum of one meeting per month is required of the LSSC. Regular and special meetings can be added or canceled by majority vote. The AUL for Services meets with the Committee monthly. The Committee may request meetings with others as necessary.
At a previous meeting notice will be given of a vote to change a provision in the bylaws, and when the vote will occur. The vote must pass by a three-fourths majority of the Committee. If a member must be absent they may inform the Chair in writing of their vote in advance. Once passed by the Committee, the provision must be voted on by the Library CSEs. The vote must pass by a simple majority of those responding.
a. Committee members
Members are required to attend Divisional meetings and LSSC meetings, and are encouraged to send substitutes when they cannot attend. Members are encouraged to hold divisional staff meetings at least once a year, and correspond with divisional staff in the best way they see fit throughout the rest of the year.
The LSSC Executive Committee, on the recommendation of the LSSC, can call a meeting of divisional staff to vote on replacing that division’s liaison for due cause.
Seven of the twelve Committee members need to be present to form a quorum.
a. Elections will be held once a year, with a negative nomination procedure.
b. Special elections
If a liaison steps down within the first six months following the election, then the runner up (if willing) will assume the duties. Otherwise a special election will be held to replace the liaison.
Meetings will be held in a consensus fashion. Any LSSC member can call for a vote if they feel further discussion will be unprofitable. When a vote is called the person who called for the vote has two minutes to make a statement. Others who wish to speak may do so for one minute each. The first person may make a one minute rebuttal speech, and then a vote will be taken.
Staff members may attend Committee meetings as silent observers. However, they can request that items be added to the agenda by contacting a Committee member before the meeting. Attendance is not covered by release time.