Committees do the business of USAIN
USAIN members are active in a variety of committees.
The Awards and Honors Committee, chaired by the President-Elect, administers all special recognition programs, including conference scholarship, Honorary Membership, and the Service to the Profession Award. This committee is active only in conference years.
The Budget Committee, chaired by the Treasurer, prepares the annual budget of USAIN. The committee may assist in overseeing the review of income and expenditures against the budget, reviewing and recommending investment options for USAIN funds, and provide guidance on expenditures for unbudgeted items.
The Bylaws Committee drafts proposed Bylaws revisions, reviews revisions proposed by the EC or USAIN members, and conducts an annual review of the Procedures and Rules to ensure that they do not conflict with the Bylaws and reflect current operating practices. The Past President chairs the Bylaws Committee and may serve as the sole committee member.
The Communications Committee is charged with developing and facilitating means of communicating with the membership and with external audiences. The Committee is involved with the maintaining the USAIN website and the listserv, USAIN-L, as well as investigating social media and others communication methods.
The Legislative and Government Relations Committee monitors issues affecting agricultural information policy and keeps the membership informed of opportunities for action. The Committee may coordinate any responses by USAIN as deemed necessary and appropriate.
The Membership Committee maintains accurate and timely records of membership and develops and implements effective membership recruitment and retention activities.
Chaired by the Past President, the Nominations/Elections Committee secures candidates for all USAIN offices and conducts the annual election.
The Preservation and Digital Library Committee coordinates information about activities relating to the preservation of agricultural information and serves as a focal point for coordination of Network preservation and digitization activities.
The Professional Development Committee develops and delivers continuing education programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of the USAIN membership.