IDPF Board Nominations Open Through October 26, 2012

October 5, 2012

A self-nomination period is now open for an election to fill seven positions on the IDPF Board of Directors. Every primary representative of an IDPF member is eligible to be a candidate to serve on the board. Four incumbent directors have expressed an intention to run for re-election, so it is anticipated that the organization will elect at least three new directors during this cycle. The nomination period will be from October 5 through October 26, 2012. After the nomination period has closed, all nominations will be posted on the IDPF website. It is anticipated that a remote vote (email election) will be held from November 1, 2012 through November 20, 2012..

The IDPF Board presently comprises fourteen members, with half elected each year for staggered two-year terms. The elected President serves as one of the fourteen board members and is elected in even years. The current IDPF President, George Kerscher, has expressed an intention to run for re-election, but any eligible member may designate that they will be a candidate for President as well as, or instead of, a candidate for a regular director seat. Members will vote for President and up to six Directors. The votes for President will be tabulated first, and the candidate who receives the most votes shall be elected. Then the votes for the other director seats will be tablulated, and the top six vote getters (excluding the successful candidate for President, if they were also a candidate for a regular director seat) shall be elected.  
The IDPF Board's core responsibilities include representing member interests in developing the vision and strategic plan for the organization and providing oversight and guidance to staff and volunteers carrying out the work of the organization. Additionally, IDPF Board members frequently become involved in hands-on activities of our volunteer-based organization, such as in representing the organization at events. The President leads the Board, serves as the formal head of the organization, and has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that all orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect.
Being a Board member of the IDPF requires a commitment in terms of responsibility and time. The Board and executive staff currently meet monthly via teleconference, and usually once a year in a face-to-face meeting. Board time and expenses are not reimbursed. Prospective members should be leaders in their organizations and  have a clear understanding of the digital publishing/eBook industry. Board oversight responsibility extends to the specification approval process so knowledge of adopted technologies is helpful. As with other activities of the IDPF, board meetings are generally conducted in English but with an expectation that as a global organization not all participants will necessarily be native English speakers, and meeting times are scheduled to accomodate participation across multiple time zones, as the IDPF presently has staff and board members in Asia, Europe, and North America.
Primary Representatives of any IDPF member organization may self-nominate by emailing a nomination statement to Typically, a nomination statement would include reasons for running for the position, a brief biography, and/or general vision or ideas for the IDPF. Please also indicate whether you will also, or only, be a candidate for board President. Candidates who do not specify that will be assumed to be running only for a regular director seat.

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