Except that to amend the Royal Charter (necessary to change the name)
requires a General Meeting called for that purpose and a two-thirds
On 09/07/2013 16:32, Charles Oppenheim wrote:
> Interestingly a change of name seems advisory at AGM. This means if the AGM rejects a proposed name change, Council can still impose it.
> Sent from my iPhone
> On 9 Jul 2013, at 10:11, John Briggs <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Well, as you say, all power is vested in the Council with specified exceptions. For example (from the bye-laws):
>> "The Institute in General Meeting shall have power to determine the amount of all subscriptions, entrance, registration, admission and other fees (except for examination
>> fees) payable by the Members."
>> Also a General Meeting has the power to remove a Member of Council from office (two-thirds majority required).
>> Certain business is specified for an Annual General Meeting.
>> John Briggs
>> On 09/07/2013 09:24, Chris Armstrong wrote:
>>> As far as I can see, the Royal Charter simply vests the power of the
>>> institute in the Council... "which may in respect of the affairs of the
>>> Institute exercise all such powers and do all such things as may lead to
>>> the furtherance of the objects of the Institute including all such
>>> powers and things as may be exercised or done by the Institute and are
>>> not by this Our Charter or the Byelaws expressly directed or
>>> There are a number of objectives given including e.g. "to provide
>>> appropriate member services" "to promote the improvement of knowledge,
>>> skills, position and qualifications of librarians and information
>>> The only reference to general meetings in the Charter is that they may
>>> be convened and that proceedings are regulated by the Byelaws. I have no
>>> idea what the "prescribed areas" that you cite might refer to. Another
>>> quick look at the Byelaws and I can see nothing about prescribed areas
>>> or Council discretion.
>>> Interestingly, one of the objectives is "to unite all persons engaged or
>>> interested in information science and libraries by holding conferences
>>> and meetings..."!