Calling all Expressions of Interest for new ALIA NGAC members


Who are we?

The New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC) exists to support and represent new library and information services (LIS) professionals and students and strengthen their participation and engagement with the Association. NGAC provides advice to the ALIA Board of Directors on important topics relevant to students and new professionals and aims to provide a welcoming forum of knowledge sharing and engagement by providing bursaries, networking and publication opportunities. The Committee also strives to establish an inclusive online professional discourse for new information professionals through our #auslibchat events which explore emerging issues and concerns for the profession, such as critical librarianship.

Who is NGAC looking for?

NGAC currently has three membership vacancies.

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

NGAC members can be located anywhere in Australia and don’t need to live in a metropolitan area.

NGAC actively supports an inclusive and diverse profession. Potential members of any cultural, racial or gender identity, sexual orientation, or physical ability are encouraged to apply.

NGAC members need not work in a library. We are also keen to hear from potential members working (or looking to work) in sectors related to LIS (eg. Archives, Museums, Galleries, Records Management, etc.)

What are benefits of being a member of NGAC?

NGAC membership provides exciting opportunities to:

  • Learn what an advisory committee does
  • Actively participate in a professional development activity
  • Grow your personal learning network
  • Engage in leadership and collaboration to enact change
  • Further develop teamwork skills with like-minded peers
  • Develop skills in project management, leadership, research, social media and online community development including design, and writing for the Board, publications and the web.

Expected time commitment

  • NGAC committee members typically spend at least 5 hours per month working on NGAC activities.
  • NGAC committee members are appointed for a three year term.

Essential Criteria:

The successful candidate/s will:

  • Be (or be prepared to become) an Associate member of ALIA
  • Have qualified in the last 7 years or is still studying
  • Possess knowledge of the needs and experience of new generation professionals
  • Actively use social media, or show a willingness to learn more about using social media in a professional environment
  • Have awareness of or experience with surveys/data collection
  • Be self motivated and committed

Desirable Criteria

The successful candidate/s will also have:

  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams
  • Excellent communication skills (such as written communication, presentation or visual design skills)
  • Demonstrated skills or the desire to develop skills in the areas of research and data analysis, marketing and/or graphic design

Position expectations

Successful candidate/s must be able to commit to:

  • Meet monthly via teleconference
  • Chair meetings and take minutes on a roster
  • Tweeting from the NGAC Twitter account on a roster
  • Contribute to the projects, planning and events of the committee (including monthly #auslibchat events)
  • Contribute to fulfilling actions and reporting responsibilities in a timely manner
  • Act ethically, professionally, and positively when representing ALIA in events and communication, especially in regard to confidentiality

How to apply to become an NGAC member

To submit an expression of interest in becoming a member of NGAC, please email a cover letter addressing these criteria as well as a brief resume to by Friday 31 May 2019.

If you have any questions about being an NGAC member please contact either of NGAC’s Co-Chairs, Samantha Hay ( or Claire Murphy ( with the subject line NGAC Inquiry.

For questions about ALIA membership and involvement, please contact ALIA Chief Executive Officer Sue McKerracher ( with the subject line NGAC Inquiry.

New Generation Advisory Committee Update

Thanks for all your support in 2018

2018 was another busy year for ALIA’s New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC) and we’re looking forward to an exciting 2019.

NGAC’s role is to advise the ALIA Board of Directors on issues of relevance to students and new professionals as well as working with the Students and New Graduates Group to engage and involve students and new graduates with the profession and the wider ALIA community.

We’ve continued to do this in 2018 through:


Our most popular topics in 2018 were Critical Librarianship; Innovative Library Marketing; and Time & Stress management. We also learned a lot this year from some more specialised chats on different sectors, such as Schools, Archives, & Health Libraries. All our #auslibchats are archived here.

Submissions to ALIA Board

We provided advice during the development of the Truth Integrity Knowledge campaign, endorsed ALIA’s support of the Uluru Statement From The Heart, and in collaboration with SNGG, submitted feedback on the 2018 Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference from students and new graduates.

Collaboration & Communication

As always, we could not have had such a great year without our counterparts in the Students and New Graduates group. A great highlight was our co authored article on Ten ideas for PD on Twitter in the September/October InCite.

In 2018, we also took the opportunity to review how we communicate, drawing on the 2017 communication survey to consider what communication methods, styles, and frequency is the most useful for students and new grads to interact with us. We hope this helps us to reach out more in 2019.

New members

In 2018, we welcomed

  • Matthew Burgess, @matthewpburgess, NSW
  • Samantha Hay, @sambrarian, WA

Looking forward to 2019

2019 is shaping up as an exciting year for the ALIA students and new grads community with NLS9 in Adelaide, as well as ALIA advocacy issues on Indigenous matters (including celebrating the International Year of Indigenous languages) and  The Truth, Integrity, Knowledge (TIK) campaign.

NGAC will be kicking off 2019 with:

Choose your own #auslibchat adventure

As part of NGAC support of The Truth, Integrity, Knowledge (TIK) campaign we’ll be hosting some themed #auslibchats on key #TIK issues. We’ve also asked  which #TIK themes are the most crucial to students and new graduates. 

New chair and vice chair… and maybe you?

Elizabeth Smith and Elizabeth Alvey will conclude their terms as co-chairs in March. In 2019, NGAC will appoint a new chair and vice chair and recruit new members. So if you are in the first 7 years of your career and passionate about issues affecting the LIS industry – look out for this opportunity in 2019.

Contact us

In 2019 we continue to be committed to ensuring that the voices of students and new graduates are a part of ALIA and that there are opportunities to engage with the wider profession. As always, if there’s a particular issue that you feel is affecting this group – reach out to us at or at @aliangac. 

Can you hear us? Results of an ALIA NGAC communication survey


The ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee (ALIA NGAC) exists to help strengthen the participation of 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; we maintain our commitment to transparency and this post gives us the opportunity to list some of the things we submitted to the Board in 2018.

ALIA NGAC is run by a group of busy but dedicated volunteers, whose range of other commitments sometimes keep us from completing things as soon as we’d like! With this in mind, we would like to share some results from 2017.

2017 Communication Survey

In late 2017, ALIA NGAC conducted a survey to explore students and new graduates’ experiences and preferences for communicating with ALIA and ALIA Groups. We received over 100 responses, from a range of different locations with experience skewed towards new graduate and early career practitioners.
The results of this survey are intended to help ALIA and ALIA Groups (particularly our friends in the ALIA Students & New Graduates Group) plan their communications with members. We submitted the results to the ALIA Board in early 2019. Below are some of the highlights.

Key takeaways 

• While eLists are increasingly seen as clunky, they are still used for sharing information, particularly in specialised sectors of the Library and Information Community. It is also an effective way to reach people via email, which was overwhelmingly the preferred method of contact.
• Overall, there was positive feedback for ALIA’s communication. Preferences for social media and a mix of formal & informal communication styles emerged as trends.
• Events and professional development remain key concerns of the student and new graduate community. There are still concerns around cost as well as accessibility for rural/remote members.

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