ABLD Academic Business Library Directors


Article I Name

Academic Business Library Directors

The name of this organization is the Academic Business Library Directors, hereinafter called

Article II Mission

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:

• delivering strategic initiatives that produce excellence
• developing our facilities to reflect new trends in learning styles, information services
   and management education
• influencing product and service development
• leveraging the power of its member institutions for the benefit of management

ABLD contributes to the profession by:

• inspiring qualified librarians to pursue careers as business information professionals
• mentoring the next generation of directors to assume their rightful role in the wake of
organizational change
• promoting library services and professionals at our institutions
• networking with other international groups of academic business library directors

Article III Membership

Academic business library directors and those who have substantial management responsibilities for associated collections, information services and resources, and staff comprise ABLD membership.

ABLD has one category of membership. Individual membership is based on organization
affiliation and may not be transferred to another institution or individual.

Applicants shall petition the board for membership when:

a) their business school is not represented in ABLD and they wish to join
b) they wish to succeed a former ABLD member as library director
c) they move to another business school

Membership is limited to library directors 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.
  1. Membership is open to directors of business school libraries in the United States or Canada that serve accredited and ranked MBA programs.
  2. The library director/manager must be a permanent employee of the library's parent institution.
  3. Each member is required to actively participate in the work of the group, and attend at least one annual meeting every three years. Participation includes completing the annual member survey and providing an annual Year in Review report.
Admission will also be based on a combination of the following criteria:
  1. Rankings of business programs by the Financial Times, Business Week, US News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, etc.
  2. Administrative oversight including

    a. Collections
    b. Budget
    c. Personnel
    d. Facility Programs served

  3. History of the institution with ABLD
  4. Value that membership will bring the new director
  5. Value that the new member will bring to ABLD
Members lose membership status when they:
  1. Move to another institution
  2. Fail to attend the annual domestic meeting for three consecutive years. (In this case, extenuating or special circumstances may be taken into consideration by the Board.)
  3. Fail to participate in the annual survey and year in review report.
Article IV Membership Applications and Vote

Applicants will be asked to address the membership criteria in their applications. Applications
will be reviewed by the 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 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 is required to admit a new director.

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.

The Board may invite applicants who are in the process of applying for membership to attend
the Annual Meeting.

Article V Board of Directors

Responsibility for governance is held by a six-member Board consisting of:
  1. Chair (one-year term; elected by members)
  2. Chair Elect/Recording Secretary (one-year term; elected by members)
  3. Past Chair (one-year term)
  4. Vendor Relations Liaison (three-year term; elected by members)
  5. Host for upcoming meeting (appointed by Board)
  6. Host for most recent meeting (appointed by Board)
The Chair, Chair Elect/Recording Secretary and Vendor Relations Liaison are elected at the
Annual Business Meeting.

Responsibilities of Board Members

All Board Members
  1. Assess membership applications and indicate assessment to Chair and Board
  2. Assist host with annual meeting planning
  3. Constitute nominating committee for board positions
  4. Propose changes to ABLD Charter as needed
  1. Guide and direct the association in its policy-making and management functions
  2. Conduct annual business meeting
  3. Liaise with other groups such as European Business Schools Librarians' Group, Asia Pacific Business School Librarians' Group, etc.
  4. Co-ordinate Board review of membership applications
  5. Manage membership applications vote – present applications to membership, manage voting process, and communicate results to membership and applicants
Chair-Elect/ Recording Secretary
  1. Serve as Chair in the absence of the Chair
  2. Record minutes of Annual Business Meeting
  3. Serve as program chair for annual meeting in coordination with the meeting host
Past Chair
  1. Liase with Ticker Editorial Board.
Vendor Relations Liaison
  1. Represent issues and concerns of membership to vendors
  2. Co-ordinate vendor participation at annual meetings in co-operation with meeting host and Chair-Elect
  3.  Participate in planning vendor-related programs at annual meeting in co-operationwith meeting host and program chair

Article VI Meetings

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

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

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 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.

The candidates receiving the highest majority of the votes cast shall be declared elected.

Article VIII Listserv

The ABLD listserv currently resides on a server at Stanford University. Listserv membership is
open to current members and applicants being considered for membership (at the Board’s

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

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 web site. 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.


Academic Business Library Directors: Charter Members(38)

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