ACADEMIC BUSINESS LIBRARY DIRECTORS
Article I. Name
Academic Business Library Directors
ABLD is a working group of library directors at the top business schools in the United States and Canada. Through annual meetings and active email list participation, the organization fosters collaboration, networks globally, and shares best practices. This group of leaders works constantly to stay ahead of the curve in the academic business field and to share its deep knowledge and experience with the premier institutions to which its members belong. ABLD is committed to its vital role in the education of the business leaders of tomorrow.
ABLD contributes to the success of its members’ business schools by:
ABLD contributes to the profession by:
Membership is open to academic business library directors, library leaders, business subject librarians, and other librarians who have substantial leadership, management, or budgetary responsibilities for business library collections, staffing, operations, or resources that support business-school research and curriculum.
ABLD has one category of membership. Individual membership is based on organization affiliation and may not be transferred to another institution or individual.
Members must be library directors or library leaders affiliated with leading graduate business programs that have appeared in the top 60 from the Poets & Quants Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs ranking or in the top 10 on Maclean’s Best University Business Programs.
Members must have job responsibilities that primarily or significantly correspond to business-school research, curriculum, and related programs. Example roles may include:
Applicants shall petition the board for membership when:
Membership is limited to library directors or library leaders at institutions that meet the membership criteria below and shall consist of library directors whose application for membership has been approved by the membership in a vote.
Membership is capped at 50 members.
Administrative oversight including:
Members lose membership status when they:
Applicants will be asked to address the membership criteria in their applications. Applications will be reviewed by the Board of Directors, which will screen and present appropriate applications to the general membership for a vote.
The Board may appoint, or an applicant may identify, an ABLD member who acts as a sponsor for the applicant.
Based on the initial screening and the board members’ assessment, the Board will forward the applications to the membership for a vote. This vote should occur within 30 days after the applications have been forwarded to the membership.
A simple majority of members in favor is required to admit a new member.
The vote is conducted by the Chair, who tallies the results and announces them to the applicant and the membership.
In the event that there are more applicants than open membership positions, the applicants receiving the highest number of votes cast shall be declared members.Article V. Board of Directors
Responsibility for governance is held by a six-member Board consisting of:
Responsibilities of Board Members
All Board Members
Chair-Elect/ Recording Secretary
Vendor Relations Liaison
Annual meetings are held at a member’s institution, which is usually determined by a voluntary invitation during the Annual Meeting. Ideally, two or three locations are identified in advance, giving the hosts and members time to plan. Meetings are generally in March, April or May.
The host and Program Chair (who is the Chair-Elect/Recording Secretary) determine the meeting agenda in consultation with the membership. The host is responsible for local arrangements. Members may volunteer to participate in the program, may be asked to present papers, serve on panels, demonstrate new technology, etc.
Registration fees are kept to a minimum, and cover mailing, food and incidental costs where possible.
The Annual Business Meeting is held each year, often on the last day of the meeting. During the Business Meeting, new board members are elected, the next meeting site(s) are selected, and the board reports on membership decisions and other business.
Members are expected to attend at least one meeting out of every three. Members may designate an appropriate alternate representative from their institutions if the are unable to attend. The host may invite guests depending on expected attendance and facilities. These guests could include librarians from the host or nearby institutions. Guests may attend program sessions but not the business meeting. At the Board’s discretion, interim directors, or directors in the applications process may be invited.Article VII. Nominations and Elections
The Board shall solicit nominations for positions to be filled from all members of the Association. Nominations should be finalized one month before the annual meeting by the Board.
The candidates are announced and the statements provided to the membership before the annual meeting.
The election is held during the Annual Business Meeting. Only members present may vote.
If there is a single candidate for a Board position, a simple show of hands indicating a majority is permissible. If there is more than one candidate for a position, a candidate slate and ballot should be circulated at the meeting.
ABLD maintains a communication list open to current members. Applicants being considered for membership may be included on the list at the Board's discretion.
Postings on the listserv are restricted to listserv members and should be kept private. The ABLD website is hosted externally, but maintained by a member institution. The URL is http://www.abld.org.
Article IX. Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review
Published by the Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD), Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review, an open access journal, is a forum for the exchange of research, best practices, and innovative thinking in business librarianship and business library management.
The governance of Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review is the Editorial Board with the advice of the ABLD Board. For details as to composition of the Ticker Editorial Board as well as its policy and procedure, see the Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review website. An annual report is submitted both to the ABLD Board and the full ABLD membership. A Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review update may be included at the annual ABLD conference.
Updated on January 4, 2021
Hope Tillman, Babson College
Pearl Alberts, Boston College
Barbara Mento, Boston College
Jill Parchuck, Columbia University
Don Schnedeker, Cornell University
Jim Fries, Dartmouth College
Meg Trauner, Duke University
Ruth Pagell, Emory University
Sue Marsh, Harvard University
Tom Michalak, Harvard University
Shari Buxbaum, Michigan State University
Alicia Estes, New York University
Charles Popovich, Ohio State University
Mel Westerman, Pennsylvania State University
Judy Nixon, Purdue University
Robert Mayer, Stanford University
Tim Wei, Stanford University
Karen Wilson, Stanford University
Michael Lavin, State University of New York at Buffalo
Lee Pike, University of Alabama
Milt Ternberg. University of California, Berkeley
Bob Bellanti, University of California, Los Angeles
Jeffry Archer, University of Chicago
Wahib Nasrallah, University of Cincinnati
Carol Krismann, University of Colorado at Boulder
Dave Martin, University of Iowa
Sharyn Ladner, University of Miami
Aline Soules, University of Michigan
Judith Bernstein, University of New Mexico
Michael Halperin, University of Pennsylvania
Littelton Maxwell, University of Richmond
Deborah Holmes-Wong, University of Southern California
Gordon Aamot, University of Washington
Michael Enyart, University of Wisconsin
Carol Dickerson, Vanderbilt University
Bob Hebert, Wake Forest University
Ron Allen, Washington University
David McKee, Western Michigan University