New Generation Advisory Committee


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.


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 






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) |  Sarah Doecke | Jade Koekoe | Olivia Larobina | Rochelle Nicholls | Lorraine Rose (Vice Chair) | Clare Thorpe (ALIA Board Representative)

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. 

Sarah Doecke

Sarah works in programs and lifelong learning at City of Darwin Libraries, and has held a love of reading and learning as long as she can remember. Prior to this role, Sarah spent several years in civil engineering design, where she discovered her interests in accessibility, information management, customer service, problem solving and connecting people with information. She followed the natural progression into career change and a Master of Information Studies, specialising in Librarianship, through Charles Sturt University and graduated early 2021.

Sarah has a particular interest in community and bringing people together. She is passionate about library programming and digital literacy, especially for seniors.

If Sarah isn’t reading for study or pleasure, she loves to bake, play board games and explore her fascination with pincurling and the world of vintage fashion.

Olivia Larobina

Olivia is currently working as a Library Cadet at Deakin University, her first role in the world of librarianship. She works across a variety of teams in the Client Services area of the library – Olivia helps co-ordinate in-house professional development sessions and she regularly posts on the library’s social media channels.

After graduating with Bachelor of Arts (Strategic Communication), Olivia spent time travelling Europe and a couple of countries in Asia before deciding which direction she would take her career. She eventually realised that her love for books and learning, and her enthusiasm for customer service were the perfect combination for a career as a librarian. Olivia promptly enrolled herself in a Graduate Certificate of Information Management and is currently completing her Masters. 

In her downtime, Olivia enjoys propagating succulents, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her partner and their cats, Luna and Marlo. 

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.

Rochelle Nicholls

Rochelle is Librarian – Education and Outreach at Cootamundra Library in the NSW Riverina. She holds a PhD from The University of Western Australia and a Diploma in Library and Information Management. She is also the author of 3 commercially published biographies on Australian historical figures. Rochelle is passionate about community engagement and is leading a new cross-platform social media strategy for her library team in 2022. She also works in community education, with a particular focus on digital literacy for seniors.

Rochelle has represented Australia in the sport of fencing and is now ensuring the total demise of her knee joints as an ultramarathon runner. She also loves Arabian horses, Harry Potter, and growing flowers on her farm.

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.