New Generation Advisory Committee

what is ngac?

The New Generation Advisory Committee (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. 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 2018. 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 Chair of NGAC, Sara Altmann, who will forward your comments to the committee. 

Follow NGAC at @aliangac

NGAC Committee members: 

Sara Altmann (Chair) | Michelle Coxsen | Liz HarrisSamantha Hay | Jade Koekoe | Lorraine Rose (Vice Chair) |  Paige Wright 

Sara Altmann

Sara is the Acquisitions and Liaison Librarian for an academic library. This role has her working with the library director and academic staff to select and source resources that will enhance and develop the library’s collection. Prior to this role Sara’s experience included the implementation of document and knowledge management systems within corporate sectors. 

She graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Library and Information Management) in 2015 and is currently working towards a Diploma of Languages (French).

When Sara is not studying, reading or contributing her share of unpaid domestic labour, she spends an above average amount time negotiating for more bookshelves in the house and pondering whether the tea collection should be organised alphabetically, by type or by usage. 

Michelle Coxsen

Michelle is a qualified Library Technician and Librarian with 20 years experience working in academic libraries. She is now working at TAFE as a Teacher of Library Services and is excited about sharing her enthusiasm with students.  She loves contributing to our industry as a speaker at conferences and in 
writing for Incite.
She is halfway through her Masters of Library Leadership and is a new student in the Associate Degree of Vocational Education and Training. 
In her spare time, Michelle loves to read and go to the opera, ballet and theatre in Sydney.  She is mother to two cats and many house plants. 

Liz Harris


Liz is a librarian and academic researcher. Her background is in academic health research, with expertise in the fields of psychology, brain and cognition, nutrition, ageing, and cardiovascular health. She completed her PhD in 2014, subsequently working as a postdoctoral researcher. Liz has authored 11 peer-reviewed journal articles.  

In 2019 Liz completed the Masters of Information Management at RMIT while working as a Senior Research Advisor at La Trobe University Library, providing research advisory services to academics and postgraduate students in the College of Science, Health and Engineering. Her teaching experience includes undergraduate health science, research methods, and psychophysiology. 

Outside of work, Liz enjoys travel adventures with the family, reading fiction and kids books, and renovating a vintage caravan (which will be put to good use when we get out of lockdown!). Always curious, Liz enjoys learning new things and finds the library environment an endless source of interest. 

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.

Jade Koekoe

Jade is an Online Presence Specialist and Career Coach with her business Misskoko the Librarian. In this role she focuses on helping Libraries and Librarians create a rocking online presence that brings them to the attention of all the right people. She also works for Melbourne Museum and various Libraries doing digital outreach and helping these organisations reach new (and existing) target audiences online. As well as social media, video and library marketing her interests include digital humanities, library carpentry and data mining.

Jade graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Library and Information Management) from Curtin University in 2018. She also has an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Graphic Design), 2007 and Certificate II in Design Visualisation for Interior Decoration, 2005. 
A lifelong learner you will frequently find Jade learning something new, at the moment she is honing her skills in the art of video production using DaVinci Resolve. Her guilty pleasures are rereading any book published by Traci Harding or Matthew Reiliy and rewatching Stargate, X-Files or Charmed. Find her on YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @misskokolib.

Lorraine Rose

Lorraine is a Client Services Librarian at Charles Sturt University. She graduated from Monash University in 2017 where she completed a Master of Business Information Systems, specialising in Library and Information Science.  She also holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Certificate IV in Practice Management and has been a vet and business owner in a past life before her quest for new knowledge started. 

Hooked on lifelong learning and being a digital scholar, Lorraine likes using new technology particularly to help problem solve. She is focused on information literacy instruction and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

In that rare thing called spare time, Lorraine loves spending time with her family (both the two-legged and four-legged kind), reading, indulging in her love of seeing new places and dabbling in duck breeding.  Long time lurker on twitter but determined to participate more, find her @RoseyRain.

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.