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 chair of NGAC, Alisa Howlett, who will forward your comments to the committee. 

Follow NGAC at @aliangac

NGAC Committee members: 

Alisa Howlett (Chair) | Elizabeth Alvey | Claire Murphy Holly Radunz | Carl Smith | Elizabeth Smith | Paige Wright 

Alisa Howlett

Alisa Howlett is an information professional with experience in a variety of information settings, including special libraries, government information management, archives and recordkeeping and academic libraries. Alisa is currently a project officer in the higher education sector, facilitating and supporting projects related to improving library services and student learning experiences.

Alisa has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Public Relations) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and received her Master of Information Technology (Library and Information Science) in 2013. Her professional interests include community engagement in cultural heritage institutions; learning support in higher education; information and knowledge management, and how information is accessed and used for knowledge generation and innovation. You can find Alisa on Twitter @acrystelle or on her blog at

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.  

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.

Carl Smith 

Carl is currently working as a client services assistant at Federation University Library in regional Victoria, providing frontline services and advice to the university’s students and staff. He has experience in many areas of the GLAMR sector, both working and volunteering at organisations such as Sovereign Hill, Museums Victoria, and the Art Gallery of Ballarat. 

Carl graduated in 2017 with a Graduate Diploma in Information Management from RMIT University and holds a Bachelor of Arts (History & English) from Monash University. Having lived his entire life in rural South Australia and Victoria, Carl has a particular interest in in promoting digital literacy and further education opportunities among regional Australians. 

Beyond the library setting he is an avid sports fanatic and can be seen down at Kardinia Park in the winter, and at Rod Laver Arena over the summer. You can find Carl on Twitter: @carl_smith13.

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth is currently the Assistant Librarian at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.  Previously, she has worked in records management and cataloguing roles at Sydney Opera House and the University of Sydney.  Outside the LIS field, she spent years sharpening her customer service skills by working in box offices across the arts and entertainment sectors.

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 currently lie in the ways arts & industry practitioners interact with academic resources and services.  She is passionate about inclusive, community-based practice in librarianship and hopes to encourage collaboration amongst new professionals across the GLAMR sectors.

While she could talk your ear off about libraries, you'll probably also find her hanging around the bars and theatres of Sydney, drinking rum and looking up cat memes to show you on her phone.  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.