The election is underway for the officers of the next Coordinating Committee. Their term will start on 18 October 2021 and conclude on 30 September 2023. The current Vice-Chair/Chair Elect – Maha Bali (American University in Cairo) – will be taking over as Chair. The three remaining officers (Vice-Chair, Secretary, Member-at-Large) will be elected by members of the consortium. More details about these roles and the overall work of the committee were provided in the call for nominations.
AMICAL Representatives of Full Member institutions may cast a vote in the elections. They have already received detailed instructions by email, including a link that allows them to cast one ballot on behalf of their institution.
As the consortium’s Operational Guidelines state:
“The Local AMICAL Representative plays a pivotal role in advancing AMICAL’s mission, and promoting the consortium and its spirit of collaboration as a group, by representing the member institution’s stakeholders, be they librarians, technologists, faculty, or administrators.”
Before casting their votes for up to three candidates, the representatives will discuss the merits of all candidates with local colleagues, especially those that have a stake in AMICAL’s activities.
If you’re involved in AMICAL’s activities and belong to a Full Member institution, we encourage you to review the list of candidates and discuss them with your Representative. That list includes a link to each candidate’s AMICAL profile, as well as a statement by each candidate addressing their qualifications for joining the committee and potential contributions to its work.
In considering the candidates, keep in mind that Coordinating Committee members should be capable of fulfilling the role, and match the desired characteristics, for officers described in the Call for nominations. In particular, they should:
- Have experience relevant to AMICAL’s mission and current grant goals
- Be able to evaluate and discuss issues from a consortial perspective, representing interests that go beyond their own institution and beyond their own professional roles and interests.
- As a group (including Maha Bali, a faculty developer from AUC, who will be taking over as committee chair) offer broad representation across the following areas, to the extent possible:
- professional roles (librarian, faculty, technologist, administrator)
- institution size
- geographic region
Thanks to the Election Committee (Jeff Gima, Maha Bali and Evi Tramantza) for overseeing this process, and to all of the candidates for agreeing to stand.
Representatives of Full Member institutions: start reaching out to your colleagues and make sure to submit your votes before the deadline of 13 October!