[globaloutlookDH-l] Proposed bylaws published

Dagmar Riedel islamicbookcensus at gmail.com
Mon Dec 9 13:49:33 MST 2013

Hi Dan,

one quick comment on the proposed window for discussion on the list: Today
is Dec. 9 and in two week we will have Dec. 23. In North America a lot of
people are busy with wrapping up their Fall term, and there is for some
people Christmas ad New Year.  Perhaps Jan. 1would be a bit more humane

-- dagmar

Dagmar A. Riedel
Center for Iranian Studies
Columbia University
New York

On Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 3:37 PM, Daniel O'Donnell
<daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca>wrote:

>  Hi all,
> I've been overdue in publishing proposed bylaws for GO::DH. You can now
> see them here: http://www.globaloutlookdh.org/proposed-bylaws/
> Because GO::DH is an experiment in global community building (and ADHO SIG
> development) we began the year without bylaws and set establishing some as
> a main task for the founding executive. Over the course of the last six
> months or so, the executive and the smaller steering group of officers has
> been developing a set of bylaws to establish governance, elections, and all
> the other things a community needs if it is to thrive.
> The initial work was led by Barbara Bordalejo, who did some research on
> the bylaws and comparable scholarly societies and communities. She wrote a
> first draft based on those at digitalmedievalist.org. These were then
> heavily revised by the steering group, the bylaws committee, and
> subsequently the larger executive. The results of that process is available
> at the website.
> Since we currently don't have any bylaws, the approval process is not
> clear. In the absence of any other rules, my proposal is that we open these
> bylaws up for discussion on the general list for the next two weeks. If
> they prove uncontroversial and it appears that there is a consensus in
> favour of their adoption, then, at the end of the two weeks, we as a
> community will delegate the Executive to make any final editorial changes
> and approve them on our behalf. If, on the other hand, it appears they are
> unsatisfactory in some way or that we are not developing a consensus in
> their favour, we will ask the executive to begin a consultation process
> with a goal of resolving such differences as quickly as possible and
> proposing a compromise set of bylaws for a vote by the entire mailing list
> membership.
> If the bylaws pass over the next two weeks, then the next step will be
> soliciting nominations for the new Executive as described in the bylaws.
> The elections to the Executive are required to be finished by Feb. 1, 2014.
> Please do not be shy about discussing this proposal. Feel free also to
> distribute information about it widely and to offer translations and/or
> paraphrases.
> -dan
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> Daniel Paul O'Donnell
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> University of Lethbridge
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