New Generation Advisory Committee

what is ngac?

The New Generation Advisory Committee 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. The Committee works to provide information to the Board and ALIA House staff to inform development and delivery of services for new professional and student members, with the aim of ensuring the Association's relevance to these groups.

NGAC works closely with the National Students and New Graduates Group while NGAC has an advisory role within the Association. Often, the Committee and the Students and New Graduates Group work together to achieve the common objective of increasing new graduate participation in the Association and engagement with the profession.


NGAC was formed during the first New Librarians’ Symposium (NLS) in Brisbane in 2002. Initially called the New Generation Advisory and Policy Group (NGAPG), it was established with the aim of providing a forum for new graduates to discuss and advocate for graduate issues and policy development. The name was subsequently changed to the ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC) and it operates under the ALIA Advisory Committee and External Committee Representatives Guidelines 2015. Today, NGAC remains an important advisory group consisting of graduate ALIA members who volunteer their time advising on issues relevant to graduates and students.

NGAC's priority projects

The Committee works on priority projects and provides recommendations to the Board for decision and action. Recent projects include:

Review of NGAC Twitter use and engagement 2014-2016

NGAC response to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey 2017

Monthly Twitter discussions at #auslibchat 

Committee Annual reports




Do you have comments or questions for NGAC?

Contact the current co-chairs of NGAC, Elizabeth Alvey or Elizabeth Smith, who will forward your comments to the committee. 

Follow NGAC at @aliangac

NGAC Committee members: 

Elizabeth Alvey (Co-Chair) | Matthew Burgess | Samantha Hay | Claire Murphy Holly Radunz |  Elizabeth Smith (Co-Chair) | Paige Wright 

Elizabeth is currently the manager of digitisation at the University of Queensland Library. She previously worked in special collections at Fryer Library and across various roles at the Queensland University of Technology Library, including reference librarian, liaison librarian, and academic skills advisor.

She has a strong interest in academic libraries and equipping students to effectively access both physical and digital collections. In her current role, Elizabeth is exploring how digital collections and technologies can support research.

Her library qualification is an ALIA recognised Masters of Information Technology (Library and Information Science) from QUT. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours (Classical Language) from UQ. 

Matthew Burgess

Matthew is currently a Digital Collections Analyst at the State Library of New South Wales and is a specialist in digital preservation, digital collecting and digitisation. With a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) from RMIT University, he made the transition from digitisation to digital preservation after graduating from the University of Technology Sydney in 2017 with a Graduate Diploma in Information Management with Distinction. 

Inspired by his work in digitising physical collections, he is now applying his knowledge and expertise to develop standards and educate others to enable the acquisition and long-term digital preservation of born-digital collections. He is passionate about professional development opportunities, communities of practice and sharing knowledge within the cultural sector.

Find him tweeting about all things digital preservation on Twitter @matthewpburgess.

Samantha Hay

Samantha is a public librarian in Western Australia. A lifelong lover of libraries, her library career began as a high school student shelver almost 10 years ago. In the years since then she has been involved in many aspects of public librarianship, from designing children's programs to assisting seniors with accessing online resources, and everything in-between. She is passionate about the ways public libraries can improve the digital literacy of communities.

Childhood dreams of directing movies and an interest in pop culture resulted in Samantha studying a Bachelor of Arts (Gender & Cultural Studies and Screen Production) at Murdoch University. After a bit of soul-searching she realised libraries are where she belongs, and completed a Graduate Diploma of Library and Information Studies at Curtin University in 2015. She plans to complete further studies in librarianship in the future.

Samantha enjoys reading great books, playing fun games, and watching so-bad-they're-good movies, especially in the company of friends.

Claire Murphy

Claire is currently one of the coordinators of the Learning Success team at Curtin University Library, overseeing the library’s online and face-to-face information literacy programs. Previously, she has worked as a reference librarian and library assistant, as a representative for Knowledge Unlatched (promoting an open access model for monographs), as well as customer service roles in community nursing organisations and retail. 

Claire graduated from Curtin University in 2017 with a Masters of Information Management with Distinction. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations) also from Curtin. She is passionate about the ways in which libraries can help develop and support lifelong learning. 

Outside of the library environment, Claire is an avid traveller and cat and dog enthusiast. She loves quiz nights, escape room games and adventure. As of the beginning of 2018, she hasn’t been much of a Tweeter, though that’s bound to change. Check out her progress on Twitter: @clairicles.    

Holly Radunz

Currently working as a Liaison Librarian in an academic library, Holly is building her experience in university libraries. Previously she has worked in a variety of roles for both private college and public libraries, starting her career as a Library Customer Service Officer in Melbourne's West.

After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Holly pursued her interest in research and information management, gaining a Diploma of Library and Information Services from Sydney Institute TAFE in 2015, followed by a Graduate Diploma of Information Studies from Charles Sturt University in 2017. The opportunity to work in a design library allowed her to combine her interests and qualifications; supporting students, researchers and practitioners to access and utilise art and design resources.

Looking forward to where her career in the GLAMR sector will take her in the coming years, Holly continues to learn as much as she can from the many inspiring and knowledgeable people she encounters in her personal and professional life.

Looking forward to where her career in the GLAMR sector will take her in the coming years, Holly continues to learn as much as she can from the many inspiring and knowledgeable people she encounters in her personal and professional life.

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth is a librarian working in Sydney. She has worked in library and records management roles for the University of Technology Sydney, National Institute of Dramatic Art, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand, Sydney Opera House and the University of Sydney.  She also has extensive experience working in box offices across the arts and entertainment industry.

Elizabeth graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2014 with a Master of Information Studies (Records & Archives Management), and holds a Diploma of Library/Information Services from Sydney Institute TAFE and a Bachelor of Arts (English & History) with Distinction from the University of New South Wales.   Her professional interests lie in community-based, inclusive library practice and in the history of Australian libraries & librarianship.

Find her tweeting about all of these things on Twitter: @jinglefrisbee 

Paige Wright

Paige is the Senior Library Technician at the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections where she focuses on community engagement and manages volunteers and digitisation projects. She has experience in digital curation, institutional repositories and digital special collections. Her interests include digital humanities, library carpentry and data mining.

Paige graduated with a Master of Information Studies (Information Architecture) from Charles Sturt University in late 2012. She also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design). 

An avid reader, Paige loves SciFi/Fantasy and Young Adult books. Her guilty pleasures are Dr. Who and Eurovision. Find her on Twitter: @WrightPaige.