Welcome! I am honored to serve USAIN as President this year. I look forward to the year ahead, eager to share our expertise and support each other in critical areas where we work and live.
We are an active organization of information professionals working in the fields of agriculture, food, and natural resources information. Our agriculture and information-sharing have been significantly disrupted by the pandemic these last two years. The impact of climate change on our natural resources, food systems, and communities are increasingly evident. As we move forward, we face opportunities and challenges to “build back better,” using perspectives gained through the pandemic, especially mindful of disparate impacts on various communities. I believe effective responses to these challenges rely upon discernment and access to credible information, along with civil discussion. This is where our professional skills are needed. Among the lessons learned during these times, is how important community engagement is to our individual and collective well-being. This is where USAIN shines.
I encourage you to participate in USAIN activities – by joining discussions and webinars, participating in professional development, contributing to the work of our Committees and Interest Groups, and sharing your voice as we contribute to recommendations for national information policy.
USAIN is richer and our impact greater from working together. I look forward to working with you and learning from your unique perspectives to enrich and expand our community. Feel free to reach out to me with questions, comments, and ideas about USAIN and our work.
suzanne stapleton, USAIN President, 2022-2023