TEI Consortium procedures, customs and practices
- Mailing List
- Teleconference space
- Executive Director: role and responsibilities
- Members' Meetings
- Host reports
- Period of Membership
- Special Interest Groups
- Reimbursement Policies and Procedures
- In other matters
Appendix A: Information on standard meeting requirements
- Appendix A.1: Sample Requirements for Typical 2-day Meeting
- The board runs a confidential mailing list: .firstname.lastname@example.org.Virginia.EDU
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- The TEI uses teleconference space on hidefconferencing.com donated by Daniel O'Donnell. You can access this space using a telephone (toll applies) or skype (free).
- The conference room number and telephone numbers can be found in this email to tei-board: # [tei-board] Conference Space information (Daniel O'Donnell).
Executive Director: role and responsibilities
- sending out invoices and reminders
- sending voting materials such as ballots and proxy slips
- maintaining the TEI's member database and ensuring that member records are up to date
- helping to plan, coordinate, and manage the TEI members' meeting
- working with the TEI Treasurer to coordinate the invoicing process and track payments as they come in
The ED also plays a central role in the TEI's fundraising and recruiting activities.
Planning and Venue
- low travel costs for members
- a balance of locations in North America, Europe, and other locations where the TEI has members
- local support from the organizer
- recruiting opportunities
- Program organizer
- leads the development of the meeting program, including choice of speakers, schedule, reviewing process if any
- invites speakers
- coordinates with local organizer about necessary space and schedule
- works with Chair and local organizer to recruit sponsorship for the meeting
- sends public notices and registration reminders
- Executive director
- manages information about members, attendance, conduct of the elections
- coordinates the provision of name tags, printed programs, membership lists for registration, and other necessary paper generated from membership records (either providing these things him/herself or ensuring that the local organizer provides these things)
- Local organizer
- takes care of all local arrangements, room reservations, catering, equipment
- works with Chair and program organizer to recruit sponsorship
- provides some facility for registration (ideally the TEI would have a permanent registration system as part of the TEI web site)
- provides information on available budget
- pays invoices for local arrangements as necessary
- works with local and program organizers to recruit sponsorship
- signs paperwork if necessary (e.g. hotel contracts)
The committee as a whole reviews and approves the conference program, and reviews the poster/demonstration proposals.
Information is available here in Appendix A: Information on standard meeting requirements on standard meeting requirements (rooms, catering, etc.)
Preparation for Members' Meetings
The Chair prepares an annual Consortium report which is checked with the Executive Director and approved by the Board before it is presented at the members' business meeting and discussed. After that the report may be revised and finally approved by the Executive Director and the Board.
Papers presented at members meetings should as much as possible be available on the Web well in advance and in different languages.
Nomination of Candidates for Election
Each year the Board appoints two Board members as members of the Nominating committee and suggests one or more additional members from outside the Board to add breadth. The Chair contacts those additional candidates and invites them to become members of the Nominating Committee.
The Nominating Committee acts not as a gatekeeper for the elections slate, but as a recruiting group to encourage desirable candidates to consider running for election, and as an organizational group to receive nominations from the TEI community, ensure that candidates are willing to stand, and manage the process of getting information from the candidates. The nominations process begins no later than June prior to the fall election. At that time a public announcement should be sent by the chair of the Nominating Committee to TEI-L mentioning the election and requesting nominations (including self-nominations). All external nominations are accepted, in addition to which the Nominating Committee should nominate candidates whom they feel will bring valuable skills or perspective to the Board or Council.
Before assembling the final slate, the Nominating Committee must confirm that all candidates are willing to stand for election, and must get from each candidate a brief biographical statement and statement of purpose which will be posted on the TEI web page describing the current election. This information should be assembled and made public on the TEI web site at least one month before the election.
All nominees, regardless of their origin, should be reminded very strongly that members of the Board and Council are expected to participate actively in all discussions and TEI recruiting efforts.
Conduct of Members' Meetings
Speakers from the audience should ideally stand up and speak up. The chair of the session is asked to have an eye not only on the principal speaker's good behavior, but also on his/her audibility and visibility (and of course, the time).
Participation in Members' Meetings
- Invited speakers
- Board members (if there is a Board meeting held in connection with the Members' Meeting)
- Council members (if there is a Council meeting held in connection with the Members' Meeting)
Elections of Board of Directors and Council
- notification (via TEI-L is sufficient) to the membership of the time and place of the elections, and procedures for casting absentee and proxy votes
- preparation of the ballots themselves (both regular and absentee)
- casting and counting of votes
The slate of candidates should be made public at the TEI web site (on the page for the members' meeting) at least one month before the election.
Proxy forms and the slate of candidates should be made available on the TEI web site at least one month before the meeting, and members should be notified of the election, the slate, and the proxy forms via the TEI-MEMBERS discussion list. Note that although official notice of the meeting must be given no more than 60 days before the meeting, information about the venue and travel arrangements should be made public much sooner. Official notice of the meeting should be distinguished from the ordinary notice required for planning purposes.
The election is conducted using printed voting slips which list the names of the candidates in alphabetical order by surname. The voting slip should also include space to fill in the name of the voting institution and the name and signature of the person casting the vote. The voting slip should also include specific instructions for casting the vote.
At the start of the election, the ballot papers are handed out to the electors and the persons holding proxies. Clear oral and written (and signed if needed) instructions should be given in as many significant languages as is practical, after which the election takes place.
TEI elections use instant run-off voting (IRV). Each elector may cast votes for as many candidates as there are vacant places to be filled, and places the chosen candidates in rank order. If any member or subscriber has cast a vote by mail in advance, and is present to cast a vote at the meeting itself, the vote cast at the meeting supersedes the vote cast in advance.
The Executive Director, the Vice-chair, and one volunteer (chosen from those attending the election) do the actual counting in a separate room. The Executive Director should have a list of the electors and proxies.
First each vote is checked to see if it is valid (that the voting institution has the right to vote, that the person is an elector or has a proxy, that there are no more candidates voted for than requested, that it is readable). Then the valid votes are counted twice.
All first choices are counted, and the top candidates (however many are to be elected) are identified. In the case of a tie, the last place candidate (the candidate with the fewest first-choice votes) is eliminated. Ballots of voters who ranked the eliminated candidate first are then redistributed to their next-choice candidates, as indicated on each voter's ballot. This process is repeated until all open seats are filled and all ties are broken.
Incorrectly marked ballots are discarded as invalid.
The election is not secret, but it is private: that is, the persons counting the votes may see who votes for whom, but this information should be kept strictly confidential and the ballot papers should be destroyed after the meeting is over.
Immediately following the completion of the election, the Chair informs the members about newly elected members of the Board and Council.
The Executive Director and the Chair inform the newly elected Board and Council members of their election. The Executive Director supplies them with information (in email) about where to find the necessary materials for conducting their positions.
Newly elected Board and Council members take office on January 1 following the election. They are added to e-mail lists immediately following the election, and are permitted to participate in conference calls at TEI expense between their election and January 1. They are also permitted to attend face-to-face meetings during that time but will not be reimbursed for expenses.
Host representatives must prepare a summary report for presentation to the membership at the members meeting, covering the current fiscal year (i.e. from January through the date of the meeting). Hosts also prepare an official report covering the entire fiscal year (January to December) to be submitted to the Executive Director no later than February 1 of the following year.
Period of Membership
Membership and subscription in the TEI Consortium is for the calendar year. Members and subscribers who join at any point during the calendar year are entitled to membership and subscription benefits until December 31 of that year. No prorated membership and subscription is currently offered. Members who join, and pay, by the annual meeting are entitled to vote in the election for that year.
Special Interest Groups
In order to at least keep on top of what is going on, if not actually help keep things moving, a single ‘SIG Coordinator’ should be appointed by the Council (from among Council members, since SIG progress and topics may be pertinent to Council discussions). This person maintains a minimal level of contact with each SIG, to confirm that they still exist and to ask if they need help or advice, a few times a year. This person is also responsible for compiling a SIG summary report each year to be distributed at Board, Council, and Members' Meetings. In the event that the SIGs become too numerous for a single person to maintain useful contact, the coordinator may identify additional people to assist with this task.
SIGs may be proposed by any TEI member. To propose a SIG, the proposer should send a brief description to the SIG Coordinator, who will forward it to TEI Council for approval. The description needs to include some statement of the SIG's mission and must name a contact person responsible for the SIG. Approval should normally be granted unless the SIG is considered unrelated to the TEI or actively harmful to its mission. If a SIG is proposed which overlaps significantly with an existing SIG, the Council may propose that the two be merged or work together.
Each SIG must have a designated contact person, so that the editors, Council, and others concerned can ascertain whether a SIG is still active or not and what it is doing.
- its activities are considered harmful to the TEI
- it shows no sign of existence for one year (e.g. contact person cannot be reached or reports no activity)
SIG Activities and Restrictions
- Mailing lists: The TEI will provide an electronic mailing list for any approved SIG. To request a mailing list SIGs should send mail to email@example.com.
- Web space: The TEI provides web space for each SIG, linked from the main TEI SIG page.
- Meeting venue: The TEI provides SIGs with the opportunity to meet at the annual Members' Meeting, space and resources permitting.
SIGs are open to those who are not TEI members. However, anyone attending a SIG meeting that is held in conjunction with a TEI members' meeting is expected to be either a TEI member or an attendee of the public portion of the members' meeting. SIGs are free to meet at other times and places.
SIGs that wish to create documents that will eventually become TEI papers or working material should author these documents in TEI, preferably TEI Lite (P4 XML).
Reimbursement Policies and Procedures
The TEI reimburses individuals for reasonable expenses occurred on its behalf by prior arrangement with a projected cap of $1,500 for members attending conferences outside their continent and $1,000 for members traveling within their continent. Reasonable expenses incurred above the projected caps will be evaluated for additional compensation on a case by case basis. The TEI reimburses members of the Board for travel to the Annual Board meeting (typically held immediately after the annual conference and members' meeting) and members of Council for travel to Council Meetings. It may also reimburse others travelling or incurring other expenses on TEI business by prior arrangement.
In broad terms, its reimbursement policies are in keeping with those common practice in the U.S. University and Public Sector. Some more specific policies follow. Questions about these policies or concerning expenses not covered here should be directed to the Treasurer. While exceptions and clarifications are possible, these should normally be requested before the expense is incurred.
Transportation to events and activities
- Airfare should be by the cheapest direct route and economy class or equivalent.
- Ground transportation should be by cheapest direct route and economy/second class (if applicable) or equivalent.
Meals and Incidental Expenses (Per Diem)
- Travel outside the U.S. For travel outside continental U.S., the Meals and Incidentals per diem is equal to 70% of the relevant U.S. State Department rate.
- Travel within the U.S. For travel withing the continental U.S., the Meals and Incidentals per diem is equal to the relevant U.S. General Service Administration rate rounded up to the nearest $10.
Eligible Per Diem Expenses
The per diem rates are intended to cover actual meals and incidental daily living expenses (excluding lodging) for eligible individuals while they are travelling on TEI business. Per diems should not be claimed for expenses that are paid for by somebody else, eligible for reimbursement from other sources, or that occur before or after the travel takes place. No receipts are required for expenses claimed as part of a per diem.
- Meals The per diem is intended to cover all meals paid for by individuals on their own behalf. No receipts are required in such cases. Reimbursement for group meals organised in advance by the TEI or local hosts or for costs incurred in paying for meals of guests of the TEI should be requested separately and require receipts. Individuals participating (but not paying for) such meals should not also claim the equivalent meal allowance. Informal groups dining together should ask for separate checks or otherwise settle the bill amongst themselves before claiming their per diems as individuals. Individuals will not normally be reimbursed for group meals not arranged in advance.
- Incidental Expenses The per diem is also intended to cover incidental and minor expenses such as tips, in-town taxi and public transit fares (under $20), and the like. Reimbursement for ground transportation above $20 should be requested separately (with receipts).
Calculating your reimbursement
- Incidental per diem Claim an allowance for every morning, afternoon, and/or evening you were away from home while engaged on TEI business. No receipts are required to claim this allowance. If only part of the day was spent away from home on TEI business please do not claim for those parts when you were at home. For example, if you arrive home from a meeting in time for dinner, you should claim an incidentals per diem that day for only the morning and afternoon.
- Meals per diem Claim an allowance for every morning, afternoon, and evening meal that was not paid for by somebody else. No receipts are required to claim this allowance. If you attended banquet or similarly formal meal arranged and paid for somebody else, you should not also request a per diem allowance for the same meal. If you share a restaurant meal with some colleagues more informally, you should settle the bill amongst yourselves (or ask for separate cheques) and request your individual per diem allowance. The TEI no longer reimburses individuals for group meals without prior notice.
|Part of day||Number of eligible periods||Rate||Total allowance|
|Morning||__||⨉ [5% of total TEI per diem] =||__|
|Afternoon||__||⨉ [7% of total TEI per diem] =||__|
|Evening||__||⨉ [8% of total TEI per diem] =||__|
|Total Incidental Allowance||__|
|Meal Period||Number of eligible meals||Rate||Total allowance|
|Breakfast (morning)||__||⨉ [20% of total TEI per diem] =||__|
|Lunch (afternoon)||__||⨉ [28% of total TEI per diem] =||__|
|Dinner (evening)||__||⨉ [32% of total TEI per diem] =||__|
|Total Meals Allowance||__|
A Council member attends a three day Council meeting in Singapore from April 1-3. She leaves home on March 31st in the afternoon and returns home from the meeting just before midnight on April 4. While at the conference she attends a previously arranged dinner with the entire council on April 3 and banquest hosted by the meeting's local hosts on April 1.
|Period of Day||Incidental Allowance||Meals Allowance|
|Part of day||Number of eligible periods||Rate||Total allowance|
|Morning||4||⨉ $3.85 =||$15.40|
|Afternoon||5||⨉ $5.39 =||$26.95|
|Evening||5||⨉ $6.16 =||$30.80|
|Total Incidental Allowance:||$73.15|
|Meal Period||Number of eligible meals||Rate||Total allowance|
|Breakfast (morning)||4||⨉ $15.40 =||$61.60|
|Lunch (afternoon)||5||⨉ $21.56 =||$107.80|
|Dinner (evening)||3||⨉ $26.95 =||$80.85|
|Total Meals Allowance:||$250.25|
The TEI will reimburse eligible individuals for reasonable actual hotel and lodging costs for stays necessitated by TEI meetings. In addition to board for a single individual, these costs may include internet access but not entertainment, newspapers, the use of a mini-bar, or meals (meals are reimbursed on a per diem basis). No other charges are permitted without prior arrangement. Such claims must be accompanied by receipts.
In reimbursing for such costs the TEI will pay for a maximum of one additional night before and/or after the event or activity. Individuals may exceed this maximum of the additional night(s) can be justified as a way of reducing the overall cost of the trip (e.g., when a Saturday overnight reduces the airfare more than the cost of the added hotel stay). Individuals considering such an arrangement should contact the Treasurer before booking their stay whenever possible.
Individuals sharing a room with friends or family not paticipating in TEI business should make separate arrangements with the Treasurer if the additional occupant results in extra costs being levied by the hotel. There is no need to make separate arrangements if the hotel in question charges by the room rather than number of occupants.
In order to be reimbursed a traveler should fill out a TEI Travel Reimbursement Form and send it to the treasurer at the address indicated on the form within 1 month of travel. Hotel, airfare, and other significant transportation related receipts should be sent with the form. Receipts for meals and incidentals should not be included.
In other matters
Every board meeting concludes with a list of action items which identifies a person responsible and a time schedule for single actions.
TEI-C Charter: The phrase ‘Participation in TEI-C activities...’ is interpreted to mean: ‘Participation in TEI-C offices...’
It is not required that the Executive Director be present at the Council meetings.
Appendix A: Information on standard meeting requirements[Note: This information, currently an appendix to the operating procedures, should be merged with Hosting a TEI Conference and Members Meeting and the Conference Protocol!]
Members' Meeting attendance
- 2001 Pisa = 45
- 2002 Chicago = 63
- 2003 Nancy = 78
- 2004 Baltimore = 66
- 2005 Sofia ≅ 65
- 2006 Victoria = 88
- 2007 Maryland = 120
- 2008 London = 125
- 2009 Ann Arbor ≅ 85
- 2010 Zadar = ≅ 70
- 2011 Würzburg = 155
- 2012 College Station = 55
- 2013 Rome = well over 200
- 2014 Evanston = 99
Appendix A.1: Sample Requirements for Typical 2-day Meeting
In the mid-2000s the Members' Meeting was held in a 2-day format (Friday & Saturday), with an additional day afterward for the Board meeting (Sunday). The following are sample requirements for a Members' Meeting of this format.
- Day 1
- 1 plenary room holding 50-100 people
- Day 2
- 6 rooms for special interest groups (roughly 10-15 people each) in the morning, and 1 plenary room holding 50-100 people for the afternoon. For the poster/demonstration session (in the morning), one room accommodating approximately 12-20 posters, with one table per presenter plus space to mount the posters. Power extension cords and Ethernet or wireless to each station are also needed. Ideally, refreshments can also be offered in this same space.
- Day 3
- 1 room holding 12-15 people for the TEI board meeting
- data projector and screen all three days
- internet access (preferably wireless) all three days
- Day 1, evening reception
- Days 1 and 2, morning and afternoon coffee breaks with some kind of snack (10:30 and 15:30) plus coffee available at the start of each day if unavailable easily from the surrounding environment
Since 2008 we have met for three days (Thursday through Saturday), with the Board still meeting on Sunday. Pre-conference workshops are held on one or more days before the first conference day (Thursday).