Lately, there has been a rumor circulating that the chair of the UTFA librarians committee had stepped down to be replaced by another colleague. We think the confusion has arisen over a general lack of understanding about how UTFA works on behalf of its membership.
The affairs of UTFA are managed by a Council of about 60 people, who are elected by the membership on a constituency basis for three-year-terms, approximately one-third being elected to take office on July 1st of each year. Detailed policy development is undertaken by standing committees and an Executive Committee and submitted to Council through the Executive Committee. The Association has a small staff responsible for the implementation of policy and the day-to-day operations of the Association.
UTFA is guided by the decisions of UTFA Council, which consists of these individuals representing various departments and groups at the University of Toronto: http://www.utfa.org/content/council-members-2011-2012
Of these seats, four (constituent 801) belong to the librarians. The following four librarians have been elected to represent librarians across the three campuses:
Sarah Fedko (until June 30, 2014)
Bonnie Horne (until June 30, 2012)
Jeffrey Newman (until June 30, 2012)
Victoria Skelton (until June 30, 2013)
The UTFA Librarians Committee is chaired by a nominated individual, who is then approved by the Nominating Committee at UTFA (Constitution, Article IX). The Chair of the Librarians committee has voting rights at Council, is a participating member of the UTFA Executive (By-Law 2.1). As of June 2011, the new term of office for all standing committee chairs is two years. H. Sonne de Torrens, Librarian at UTM, is the Chair of the UTFA Librarians Committee until June 30, 2013.