November Newsletter

ALIA Students and New GraduatesNovember 2017

Welcome to another ALIA Students and New Graduates’ monthly update! 

We’re getting into the swing of our monthly blog newsletters now and we hope you’re enjoying this one-stop-shop for all the events and updates from the world of ALIA SNGG. We will be updating this post throughout the month with any new events that pop up so keep checking in!

November is going to be a great month – enjoy!

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ALIA NGAC members share their story: apply now!

The ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee is currently recruiting new members! Over the last couple of weeks, our current members have been sharing what they’ve learned and gained in their professional development by contributing to NGAC and the broader, student and new graduates LIS community here in Australia.

We’ve collected the tweets and videos into a Storify….so don’t take just my word for it and hear what NGAC members have to say….

If you’re passionate about understanding the issues, trends and concerns of the student and new graduate LIS community, and driven to provide a voice directly to the ALIA Board, being an NGAC member is for you.

Applications close on Friday 10 November 2017.

If you have any questions or would like further information about our role or the recruitment process, please email aliangac [at]

Alisa Howlett
Chair, ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee

NLS8 Member Feedback – What Matters to YOU?

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Strong values + DIY work ethic = getting good stuff done


Over the coming months NGAC and SNGG will be sharing NLS8 attendees feedback via images on social media. Read on to learn more!


The theme of June’s New Librarians’ Symposium – DIY Library career – took on a number of meanings throughout the course of the symposium, and we were inspired by the encouragement speakers and attendees gave each other to go out and do something, to experiment and try, and to make things happen. Many also reflected on the ‘Y’ in ‘DIY’ – that collaboration and knowledge sharing makes us all stronger, and that working towards change is something we must do together.


The symposium was also an exciting opportunity for us to talk with students and new graduates in between sessions about their hopes and ideas for the future. From our table at the NLS8 breakout space we invited attendees to write down their answer to the question: “What matters to you?”.

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Their responses covered a range of subjects, but some common themes emerged very quickly: diversity, social justice, open access, community engagement, innovation, literacy and learning, employment and professional development.


The feedback we received is a reflection of students’ and new grads’ values – we want a profession with a greater diversity of voices, experiences and skills. We want challenging, reflective discourse about the nature of our work, and the ways in which we can do it better. We want quality, accessible information to be freely available for everyone who seeks it. We want to be advocates, both for ourselves and in collaboration with our communities. We want to find new ways of working, and to support the ongoing development of a broad range of literacies. We want meaningful, fairly paid and reliable jobs which give us the opportunity to broaden our skills and experience, and to make a positive impact on others.

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Seeing these values expressed in the context of a symposium which encouraged initiative and collaboration was all the more exciting – we asked new librarians what matters to them, and their answers describe a vision of this profession which is open, just, vibrant and powerful. We believe that moving closer towards that vision is something we can all achieve, by taking action, and by working together.


Remember to check the ALIA SNGG Instagram account to read the responses.

ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee – We’re Looking for YOU!


We are looking for new members who are enthusiastic to make a contribution to the LIS
profession in Australia.

NGAC currently has four membership vacancies. These will be split into two intakes, two
members at the start of 2018 and two more at the end of the first third of 2018.

Please take a minute to read the position description and criteria via the link below.

NGAC Recruitment 2017

If you have any questions please contact us via

Applications close Friday 10 November 2017.

ALIA Board Letter to NGAC Response on Marriage Equality Postal Survey

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On 16 August 2017, the ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee submitted our response to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey to the ALIA Board, with recommendations for actions we would like to see from ALIA. On 23 August 2017 we received a brief response to this submission, which we did not make public at the time. Later, when ALIA received further correspondence regarding the postal survey from Members of the association, they offered to provide us with a letter giving further detail and context to their initial response that we could then make publicly available.


This letter was received on 11 September 2017. We thank the ALIA CEO and Board for their time and willingness to continue dialogue around this important issue. We also thank them for their actions so far.


As stated in our original submission, we believe marriage equality is a human rights issue, and neutrality from the library industry at this time would only provide implicit support to those who would seek to vilify and discriminate against LGBTQIA+ people in Australia.


Let’s be clear. We feel the postal survey is a divisive and hurtful political process, and we cannot endorse people or institutions who would deny people’s civil rights on the basis of their sexuality or gender.


We agree that ALIA Members are “engaged, intelligent thinkers”. We see the pressure from these Members on social media as a sign not of the industry turning in on itself, but as a sign of our profession doing what it does best: advocating for our communities. And we urge everyone reading this to continue to advocate and take any action they are able to, to support the LGBTQIA+ community.


Read the letter here:

ALIA Marriage equality response to NGAC