The Gen X / Gen Y Caucus's mission is to provide a forum for younger AALL members and those AALL members who are young at heart to connect with one another and foster an environment of lifetime learners within the profession. The intentions of the caucus are to be an important additional voice in the AALL organization, increase the knowledge and ability of our members, and to assist them in their continued growth toward a rewarding career.
The Gen X / Gen Y caucus was founded in December 2005 by Jennifer Marshall. Jennifer saw a need for younger members of our profession to connect with one another and to have an additional voice in the organization.
Jennifer's early thinking was partly inspired by the AALL Task Force on Generation X and Generation Y in 2004. This group produced a report which can be found here.
Our first meeting was at the AALL conference in July of 2006 in St. Louis. Over 100 excited young people attended this first meeting. At that meeting, we formed various groups to work on various issues of importance to us. In 2009, the caucus elected its first panel of officers.
Going forward, we hope to continue to work on issues of importance to us and prepare ourselves to become leaders and innovators in our profession.
Anyone can be involved in the Gen X / Gen Y Caucus if they are concerned about the future of law librarianship and want to give younger members of our profession a voice.
What Defines Generation X and Generation Y?
Generation X and Generation Y are terms used to describe demographic cohorts of people born after the baby boom. Precise definitions for these terms vary. For example, the US Census defines Generation X to mean those people born between the years 1968 and 1979. Other dates for Generation X, such as 1965 to 1976, or 1965 to 1981 have been used. Likewise, the precise boundaries of Generation Y are variable -- dates ranging as widely as 1979 through 1994 and 1982 though 2000 have been used. Colloqually speaking, 'Generation X' is a term used to refer to the group of people born in the late 1960s and 1970s, and 'Generation Y' refers to those born between the late 1970s and early 1990s.