A New Era of Service
Hi, my name is Cindy Romaine. I’m an information professional in Portland, Oregon. I’ve got some opinions that I’d like to share concerning the issues and opportunities facing information professionals.
I am intrigued by President Obama’s call for service and the need for personal responsibility in making public institutions work effectively.
President Obama talks about public service, such as volunteering for hospice or Habitat for Humanity, but the way I look at it, there is room for us to contribute through our professional organizations to make a positive impact on the social fabric. Through our professional organization we can mentor students to help them gain the experience they need to make tough decisions. We can encourage our peers when they are hit hard by the economy. And we can advocate for fair and transparent information policies.
Service to the goals of my professional organization, Special Libraries Association (SLA), is one of the reasons that I am running for president-elect.
Pay it Forward
I have benefited from some great mentors throughout my career. They helped me develop my skills and stay active in the profession — more active than I ever thought I’d be. Now it’s my turn to give back to those mentors by passing along and paying it forward.
What about You?
I’d like to kick-start a conversation here. How do you contribute to uplifting others through your profession? What motivates you to participate? To give back?
cindy dot romaine at gmail dot com