The Professional Engagement, Growth, and Advancement SIS was formed in January 2014 when the Executive Board approved the Gen X/Gen Y Caucus’s petition to form a Special Interest Section to help newer members of AALL become active participants in the organization and profession. It is our goal to facilitate the engagement of members by providing a forum for newer librarians from different organization types and departments to learn, contribute, innovate, and network.
This Special Interest Section is not limited to those members who are new in the profession. What made the Gen X/Gen Y Caucus so successful was the combined voice of our community- new and established, young and young at heart- working together to have a positive impact on our profession. In order to accomplish this goal, this Special Interest Section will focus its energy on:
- Providing opportunities to increase the professional knowledge and abilities of our members through educational and leadership training and programs;
- Encouraging collaboration and exploration of new methods, resources, and technologies with other members, caucuses, and SISs;
- Providing networking and mentoring opportunities for newer and established members; and,
- Promoting and highlighting the contributions and innovations of our membership to the broader organization and profession.
Since its inception, the Gen X/ Gen Y Caucus has been committed to providing an environment for newer and/or younger AALL members to connect with one another, and to more established librarians, in order to develop into lifetime learners and innovators in the profession. The intention of this Special Interest Section is to build upon the work of the Caucus by providing an important additional voice in the AALL organization, increasing the knowledge and abilities of our members, and assisting them in their growth as they build rewarding careers.