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Type of Library or InstitutionType of ResponsibilityPrincipal/Specific Area of Work

In an effort to better correlate membership information to national statistics about libraries and the profession, the American Library Association membership committee has expanded our classifications for “Organizational Type,” “Position,” and “Work Specialty.” Please assist us by changing or amending your membership record to include these points of information.


Type of Library or Institution

Libraries and institutions are defined broadly by type. Please choose the code that most closely describes the type of organization at which you work. There are codes for students, retirees, and the self-employed as well.

Public Libraries

00  Public Library-District

82  Public Library-Municipal

01  County/Parish Library

83  City Library

84  Association Library

85  Consortia / Multi-type Library

College and University

10  Community College Library

11  College (4-year) Library

12  University Library

13  Research Institution Library

14  Bibliographic Service Center

15  ARL Library

Schools K-12

49  Head Start/Pre-K

50  Elementary School Library Media Center (SLMC)

51  Middle and Junior high SLMC

52  Senior high SLMC

53  Combined SLMC

54  School District Office

55  Private or Charter School

56  Catholic School

57  Other Religious School

58  Reading Room

Library Schools

71  ALA Accredited Program

72  NCATE Accredited Program

73  LTA Program

Consultants and Individuals

91  Self-employed

92  Library Consultant

95  Not Currently Employed

90  Student

Federal and Armed Forces

04  Armed Forces Library

05  Military Base School Library

06  Federal Library

07  Government Depository Library

08  Copyright Library

09  DOD School Library

International Organizations

75  International Library

76  Non-US Governmental Library or Embassy

77  UN Depository Library

78  Non-US University Library

Special Libraries

20  Special Library

21  Medical Library

22  Art Library

23  Historical Library

24  Museum Library

25  Law Library

26  Religious Institution Library

27  Map or Geography Library

32  Correctional Institution Library

30  Hospital Library

29  Tribal Library

31  Corporate Library

Friends, Boards and Associations

40  State, Regional or National Library Association

46  Non-Profit Literacy Agency

42  Friends of the Library

43  Library Foundation

44  Library Board - Governing

45  Library Board - Advisory

80  Other Non-Profit Organization or Agency

State Libraries and Agencies

03  State Library Agency

33  State or Regional System Office

34  Special Assistance Library

35  Center for the Book

Vendors and Retailers

63  Library Equipment and Furniture

68  Library Supplies and Promotions

64  Retail Bookstore

62  Online Bookstore

66  College or University Bookstore

65  Wholesaler or Distributor of Library Goods

61 Publisher of Books and Media

69 Software Publisher

70  Architect or Building Consultant Firm

67  Distributor

60  Other For Profit Corporation

Other Administrative

94  ALA Unit

93  ALA Chapter or Affiliate

96  Moving Organization to Come

97  No Organization Given

98  Retired

99  Other

XX  Unknown



Type of Responsibility

Please help us understand the levels of responsibility that our members have at their work by selecting a code that is most closely identified with the “position” you hold. Please note codes for students, governance, faculty, and retirees are available.

Administration

01  Director

11  Dean

12  Chief Officer

13  University Librarian

14  Deputy Director

02  Associate Director

16  Assistant Director

17  Associate Dean

18  Assistant Dean

19  Facilities Management

Department and Supervisory

03  Department Head

31  Branch Manager

32  Branch Director

33  Coordinator

34  Department Manager

04  Department Supervisor

05  Librarian (Supervisor of Staff)

35  Librarian (Non-Supervisory)

36  Document Delivery / ILL

Support and Front Line Staff

06  Support Staff

61  Paraprofessional

62  Paralibrarian

63  Library Associate

64  Library Technical Assistant

65  Clerk

66  Webmaster

67  Technical Support

School Library Specific

51  School Librarian

52  School Library Media Specialist

53  Teacher Librarian

54  Teacher / k-12 Faculty

Faculty and Students

71  Full-Time Faculty

72  Adjunct Faculty

73  Associate Faculty

74  Part-Time Faculty

21   Library School Student

07  Other: Non-Library

Personal—Other

98  Retired

91  Consultant

92  Library Friend

93  Trustee

94  President / Board Chair

95  Author



Principal/Specific Area of Work

Please select a descriptive code most closely associated with your primary day-to-day activity, or if you are retired, a student, or self-employed, select an appropriate choice. If no descriptor is correct for you, consult the codes under “other.”

Library Management

01  Administration

02  Adult Services

07  Advancement

06  Development

10  Grants and Fundraising

56  Licensing

55  Marketing and PR

54  Promotions and Publicity

Digital Services

25  Audio/Visual

24  Digital Library Services

26  Digital Program Management

23  Media Services

27  Multimedia

22  Video

Technical

05  Automation/Systems

28  IT Services

17  Technical Services

29  Web Services

Collections Management

32  Acquisitions

30  Cataloging and Classification

33  Collection Department

31  Metadata Management

Literacy

52  Extension Services

03  Literacy

53  Outreach

Services in Libraries

60  Archives

93  Government Documents

89  Preservation

59  Programming Librarian

94  Rare Books/Manuscripts

13  Readers Advisory

15  Reference Services

16  Serials

65  Special Collections

Youth Services in Libraries

19  Youth Services

20  Teen Services

21  Children’s Services

School Specific

69  School Librarian

88  Library Media Specialist

70  Teacher Librarian

84  Teacher, Other K-12

14  Instruction K-12

Vendors

67  Architect

68  Author

62  Bookseller

85  Consultant

97  Editorial or Publishing

99  Other Non-Library Work

66  Vendor

Governance and Friends

90  Trustee / Board Member

61  Friend or Foundation Member

Library School

91  Library School Faculty

92  Library School Student

63  Other College or University Faculty

64  Instructional Services

Other

86  No area of work given

87  Moving

95  Not currently employed

96  Other Library Work

98  Retired

99  Training Coordinator