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

NGAC Response to the Australia Marriage Law Postal Survey

The New Generation Advisory Committee exists to help strengthen the participation of students and recently graduated library and information professionals in the Association. The Committee provides advice to the ALIA Board of Directors on issues of relevance to students and new professionals. NGAC works to inform the Board with the aim of ensuring the Association’s relevance to these groups.

At the end of last week NGAC started a dialogue with the ALIA Board on the issue of the impending postal vote on the issue of marriage equality. This has resulted in a formal response and submission from NGAC to the Board, which was submitted on the 16th August. In the interest of transparency for the varied group of individuals that we represent for ALIA, please find attached below our full response to the Australia Marriage Law Postal Vote of November 2017.

The official ALIA response generated on the 15th is a good start, and NGAC thank the Board for taking that step, but NGAC feel that further action is needed. We have included a list of recommended actions that we feel ALIA, and other GLAMR organisations, can and should implement.

Our recommendations are as follows:

  • Provide a strong voice advocating this as not a political issue, rather a human rights issue.
  • Highlight the need to critically evaluate information quality and bias in public discourse.
  • Provide guidance on how to register to vote.
  • Circulate organisational, community and individual stories from clients and staff in the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Share and/or develop resources for creating safe spaces in libraries.
  • Promote resources for educating library patrons about LGBTQIA+ themes and issues.
  • Challenge the idea that Library services and professionals are inherently neutral, and that silence on the matter is an endorsement of existing inequality.
  • Develop a poster/resource/toolkit that can be used by all libraries in the lead up to the vote, to inform public, staff, and clients and include how libraries can help those affected.

We invite you all, either as individuals or organisations to endorse this response and share it widely.

2017 ALIA NGAC Response to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

Thank you,

The ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee



Review of NGAC Twitter

About the review

During 2014 to 2016, we undertook a review of our Twitter account @aliangac.

We did this review to:

  • better understand our usage of Twitter
  • determine if our tweets engage with library and information services (LIS) new professional and student members and reflect their concerns and interests
  • identify opportunities where the committee could improve our online engagement in terms of both content and work processes.

We collected information about our tweets and followers by using social media analysis tools and conducting an online survey. Many thanks to everyone who assisted us by completing the survey!

Then we produced a report on the review and our findings which were presented to the ALIA Board in early 2017.

Read the full report:









Through the review it was discovered that our Twitter audience is not looking for fun kitschy posts, instead they prefer original and personal content that engages and also aligns with the voice of ALIA.

The review also revealed that our followers are seeking in-depth professional discussion and information that explores Australian library and GLAMR news, current events and employment issues.

Next steps

Using the information and insights gained from the review, NGAC has prepared a number of recommended actions including the following (see the report for the full list of recommended actions):

  • foster an appealing and accessible LIS online professional discourse by continuing to lead and promote #auslibchat
  • improve content scope and follower engagement by starting discussions, improving the quality of Twitter replies, addressing follower concerns and tweeting on a more personal level.

We hope the insights we gained by conducting the review will help us to better engage with our Twitter audience as well as forge a valuable online presence for LIS new professionals and students.

We are committed to continuous improvement in our online engagement and always welcome feedback from our followers. Please direct message your suggestions to @aliangac.