A bit of full disclosure might be in order: I am a member of the Association for Intelligent Information Management (AIIM) International. I am also on AIIM’s Board of Directors, and I have a strong, albeit non-vested interest in the organization’s success. I volunteered to serve on the Board of AIIM, because I have long been impressed with the work that they do on behalf of information professionals around the world and I appreciate the huge amount of help and education they provided to me during my career.
Although my first term began on January 1, 2013, I was invited to attend the December 2012 meeting in Dallas, TX, to meet the people I would be working with and get a feel for the process. During that meeting, we did a team-building exercise where small groups of directors and staff members assembled bicycles. The completed bikes were donated to a local charity that gave them to children. I was impressed by the fact that the organization included a way of giving back to the community hosting our small event.
I was impressed, but I wasn’t surprised. One of the things I love about AIIM is the collective concern they have for people. The AIIM New England Chapter, where I first came in contact with the organization, had held a golf tournament to benefit the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for over 20 years.
One of the things that AIIM began during my service on the Board, was to establish, Women in Information Management (WIIM), a group whose mission is:
“to engage and empower women worldwide in information management.”
Given how hard it is for women to establish themselves in the various disciplines of information management, I was proud to see this group be established and supported by AIIM. I would encourage women working in this field to check out the program and resources at WIIM, and I am encouraged by the Association’s commitment to the success of this group.
In recent years, when the community has met at its annual conference, they have added a social outreach event. From the AIIM website:
“Social responsibility at The AIIM Conference began three years ago. A popular element of the event where everyone is encouraged to participate as a community.
At previous events we’ve donated 200 pairs of decorated TOMS shoes to a local children’s and family charity in New Orleans, last year we created S.T.E.M puzzles and Morse Code bracelets for local underprivileged children in the Orlando area. We also donated $1,200 to Hands On Orlando as a result of conference attendee check-in activities.”
This month (April 2018), when the AIIM tribe gathered in San Antonio, the recipient of that outreach was Girls Inc. of San Antonio, TX. During our festive social event on Thursday evening, we were invited to help build 500 welcome kits that will be given to girls who join Girls Inc’s program.
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