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The responsibility of the Employment Liaison Office (ELO) is to carry AA's message to employers within their local area supported by intergroup and region and a PI/Service Committee if one exists.
An established period of sobriety (ideally not less than three years) and a thorough knowledge of the AA service handbook for Great Britain are necessary before accepting this role. Willingness to commit to three years service and the ability to deal with a wide range of professional people and talk about AA when invited to do so, are also qualities which have proven to be desirable.
The Archivist is the person responsible for the collection, its documents and artefactual items. He or she takes care of, and maintains, the physical integrity of the collection and is instrumental in its further development. The Archivist is also responsible for ensuring the protection of the anonymity of its members and the confidentiality of the AA records.
The function of the Archivist can be considered therefore to be twofold: primarily a custodial responsibility for assuring the physical integrity of the collection and its availability to persons with a valid reason for study; and also the parallel and critical role of data gatherer. It is in this latter capacity that service can be rendered to Bill W's urging that archives are needed "so that myth doesn't prevail over fact". In a real sense then, AA Archivists are "keepers of the past".
The YPLO will be someone who came into AA at the age of 30 or younger, and so will have experience of getting sober at a young age, the better to relate to the particular problems faced by young people seeking to live sober. They should have a good working knowledge of the 12 Steps, 12 Traditions and the AA Service and Structure Handbooks GB. It is recommended that Young People's Liaison Officers should have ideally at least two years' continuous sobriety when elected, and should serve for a maximum of three years. YPLOs will work closely with other service officers, in particular those in Public Information. The main tasks of YPLOs will include: