LIBRARY Association Council elections move on the principle common to those of municipalities: there is a three‐year service for each member and a rota by which one‐third of the members submit themselves yearly to the electors. It used to be the custom of the Council to retire wholly and to renominate its retiring members, which meant all of themselves, and so recommend themselves to the suffrages of the members of the Association. That has been abandoned and has been replaced by a certain amount of electioneering. It is natural for any section of the Association to want to choose and to instruct its own candidates but it can be an unfair thing for, say, the A.A.L. to ask its members to support in body its own particular men. The A.A.L. does not recruit its members. They are mainly students who have to join the Library Association in order to sit its examinations and by doing so are automatically allocated to A.A.L. membership. The whole position needs revision and, as a part of the L.A., it should be ordained that when a man becomes a chief librarian his A.A.L. activities should be transferred entirely to the senior body.
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