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Personnel Administrative Section | The American Library Association Archives

Name: Personnel Administrative Section

Historical Note:

The Executive Board of the ALA created the Board on Personnel Administration on July 17, 1936 (1).  In June 1937, Council changed its name to the Board on Salaries, Staff and Tenure.  In October, 1940, Council changed its name to the Board on Personnel Administration.  This section is responsible for general personnel administration in all types of libraries.  Illustrative of the fields of interest are the recruitment and promotion of able people to positions of all levels of library service, certification of librarians, fair employment practices, equal employment opportunities, classification and pay plans, inservice training of all professional and non-professional workers, principles of tenure and intellectual freedom, personnel administration, relations between libraries and pertinent municipal and educational agencies, staff management, ethics, personnel measurement, and guidance, and staff welfare programs (2).

Executive Committee

Economic Status, Welfare, and Fringe Benefits


Staff Development


1.  ALA Handbook, 1937.

2.  ALA Handbook/Directory, 1988/1989, p. 94.

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