NGAC Take Home Messages

Hi New Grads! I’m Naomi, and I’m currently the Chair of the ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC). You might also recognise my name from the elist, as I often ask for contributors to the new grads column in ALIA’s member’s magazine inCite, Energise>Enthuse>Inspire.

NGAC is an ALIA Board Advisory Committee, which means that most of what we do is pretty behind-the-scenes, cloak and dagger stuff (not really!) but a lot of it is confidential. However, we are essentially the representatives of new graduates who the Board liaises with – and therefore we want to make sure we liaise with you, the membership (or potential members!) so we can make sure we get it as “right” as possible. So to that end, I’d like to provide monthly “take home messages” from our meetings.

They can be found on our website too, but here’s what’s happened over the last couple of months:

On 22 April 2010 NGAC discussed the following:

Conference attendance:

A new sub-committee led by Katie Hannan will be investigating ways to help new graduates attend ALIA conferences. This will include scoping out budget accommodation, investigating sharing of registration, and attempting to source budget for a free registration at each major conference. Email Katie@lost.net.au or contact her on twitter with your ideas and suggestions @KatieLHannan

Conference mentoring:

Naomi Doessel has initiated a research project that will trial conference mentoring at a large ALIA conference. It will be based on the American Library Association’s New Member’s Roundtable’s Conference Mentoring

1. Conference Mentoring: a program designed to help first time attendees of ALA Annual conference feel at ease at a conference (whose size can often be overwhelming and intimidating!) by pairing them with seasoned conference attendees. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/mentor/mentoringcommittee.cfm

ALIA Member demographics:

The ALIA Board of Directors has asked NGAC for input on the results of the ALIA Member Survey that show that the lowest concentration of ALIA members is in the 18-29 and 30-39 age group. NGAC will be discussing the demographics issue over the next few months and making recommendations to the ALIA Board of Directors on how we can increase new generation membership and involvement.

On 5 May 2010 NGAC farewelled two long-serving members and welcomed five new members.

Alyson Dalby resigned after three and a half years on the committee, and much service to new graduates within ALIA. Alyson will be sorely missed within the committee, but she is on to a professional role in ALIA as the NSW Local Liaison Officer.

Kristen Blinco has also resigned after two years on the committee. Another great loss to the committee, Kristen leaves us as she has taken up a permanent team leader role at her workplace, and does not have the time for volunteering with ALIA at the moment.

We wish both of them all the best and look forward to seeing them in LibraryLand in the coming years 🙂

In their place we welcome five new members from around the country, all new grads with a variety of committee and work experience. A big welcome to our new members! Bios will be up on the website soon.

Bruce Klopsteins comes to us from the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

Clare McKenzie is a recent graduate who works in Sydney as an OPAL in higher education.

Susanne Newton just returned from a year in Samoa as a Youth Ambassador for Development and is based in Melbourne.

Hoi Ng works in Perth as a public librarian and is on the NLS5 committee.

Vanessa Warren works in Hobart in higher education and has presented at local and international conferences.

They join existing members Jo Beazley, Naomi Doessel (Chair), Andrew Finegan, Katie Hannan and Andrew Spencer.

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