Greetings from USAIN! Whether you are a member or just visiting, we are glad you’re here.
I am honored to be President during the coming year, which will have a number of exciting events and opportunities. July 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of USAIN and we will honor the occasion with a number of events throughout this year. We have a new anniversary logo which will be featured on our website, our conference materials, and on a new pin for our current members. (Not a member? Join now and you’ll get a pin!)
Our anniversary year celebrations will culminate at the 14th Biennial Conference hosted by the University of Vermont on May 4-7, 2014. The theme of the conference is “Sustainable Agriculture: Stewardship of Our Information Ecosystem.” Our conferences are always exciting and stimulating events where we have the opportunity to hear from our colleagues and from other experts on topics of current interest, in addition to plenty of time to network with other professionals. The conference planners are well on the way to providing yet another unparalleled experience. At USAIN conferences, we work hard and we play hard, so it’s time to start honing your cornhole skills.
We are very proud to be a partner with AgNIC and the Center for Research Libraries on the Ceres project. The goal of the project is to “support small projects that preserve print materials essential to study the history and economics of agriculture and make those materials accessible electronically through digitization.” Sixteen projects led by USAIN members were selected in the first round of funding. The Ceres project continues USAIN’s long-standing leadership with projects that preserve and make accessible our important agricultural content.
The website will undergo a major overhaul in the coming months. We hope to make it a dynamic platform that will facilitate the work of USAIN, our committees and interest groups, and share the successes of our members.
Stop back often. I hope you will find ways to become involved and make USAIN your professional organization. Please contact me with any questions.
USAIN President, 2013-2014