The mission of USAIN is to
provide a forum for discussion of food and agricultural issues; to take a
leadership role in the formation of a national information policy as
related to food and agriculture; to support the National Agricultural
Library (NAL) on food and agricultural information matters; to promote
cooperation and communication among its members, and with other
organizations and individuals.
USAIN Action Plan 2017-2020 (pdf)
Action Plan Goals:
Goal 1: Strengthen membership and increase participation in USAIN by
members and other food and agricultural information professionals.
Objective 1. Retain present members and broaden membership base.
- Review the USAIN mission for accurate reflection of the breadth and depth of the field of agriculture
- Develop membership recruitment and retention strategies
- Continue recognition programs for outstanding individuals in, or supporting the field of, food and agricultural information
- Encourage new librarians or information professionals and graduate students with conference scholarships
Objective 2. Increase participation of membership and improve communication within USAIN.
- Provide a website with informative content about USAIN and a platform for member participation
- Review communication tools and develop a social media communications plan
- Facilitate electronic/virtual participation through a variety of communications media (e.g. Piloting streaming or recorded access to selected biennial conference sessions)
- Conduct membership surveys
- Coordinate with other organizations of similar interests to plan/participate in programs on timely subjects
- Review and distribute the Action Plan to members and solicit feedback
- Review the role and activities of Interest Groups
- Plan an oral history initiative to capture USAIN history
Goal 2: Advocate for public policy, legislation, and institutions which
support agricultural research and information communities.
Objective 1. Advocate for the National Agricultural Library as the leading U.S. resource for agricultural information.
- Act as an authoritative and influential advocate for NAL
- Promote member activism in regard to legislative and executive actions that impact NAL
- Encourage two-way communication between NAL and USAIN regarding programs, services and avenues of cooperation
Objective 2. Foster collaboration between member institutions and with other strategic organizations.
- Promote liaisons and reciprocal memberships with other food and agricultural information organizations
- Create and strengthen partnerships with other library or food and agricultural information-related organizations
3. Enhance the visibility, credibility and favorable resolution of
issues affecting food and agricultural information at federal, state,
and local levels.
- Promote initiatives that provide equal and open access to publicly funded research, including data, and born and reborn digital land-grant publications, especially extension and experiment station publications
Goal 3: Provide educational and professional development opportunities for members and others.
Objective 1. Promote biennial USAIN conference.
- Ensure opportunities for members to present at conference
- Archive conference presentations in Cornell’s repository
Objective 2. Encourage exchanges and internships.
- Announce internship opportunities at NAL to membership
Objective 3. Co-sponsor preservation and digitization programs.
- Promote and support collaborative print preservation programs
- Promote and support participation by USAIN institutions in efforts to digitize the agricultural and food-related information produced by their institutions
4. Develop members’ skills so they continue as leaders in the creation,
dissemination, and organization of food and agricultural information.
- Develop and utilize the USAIN web site as a platform for content delivery, communication, and skill sharing
- Demonstrate innovation and motivate members to adopt/adapt new and improved practices
- Encourage USAIN committees and interest groups to host conversations in order to discuss current trends and/or follow-up on conference themes
- Promote external professional development opportunities to USAIN members
Objective 5. Develop programming to meet the research and teaching needs of food and agricultural faculty and researchers.
- Communicate with USAIN membership the results of the Ithaka S+R study.
- Develop instructional programs in food and agricultural information literacy and data literacy for extension and experiment station personnel informed by the Ithaka S+R study