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Today's ALA will-we-or-won't-we statement concerning the Toronto conference comes from Executive Director Michael Fiels, who has announced the Executive Board will meet next Tuesday, April 29 to decide whether to convene as planned, move the venue, or cancel.
SomeOne spotted This National Post Story The threat of SARS is causing the American Library Association to "seriously consider" cancelling its conference of 25,000 people scheduled to be held in Toronto in June.
This after the American Association of Vascular Surgery's decision to move its June conference to Chicago. The American Society of Echocardiography is also reconsidering holding its Toronto conference.
"We've now had just two events cancelled out of a total of 600 that we hold in a year," said John Houghton, vice-president of sales and marketing at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
ALA posted a link on their main page today (April 23), to a statement from President Mitch Freedman about the ALA/CLA conference scheduled for June in newly travel-advisoried Toronto. Someone commented in an earlier post that wimpy librarians will keep attendance down this year, but Freedman's statement and comments made by ALA Press Officer Larra Clark to the Toronto Sun indicate that there is serious discussion about last-minute options for this year's conference.
A check of last week\'s ALA Conference Services page said that there were NO plans to cancel this year\'s ALA/CLA joint conference in Tornoto due to SARS concerns. This week, in place of an ALA-generated statement, there is a link to the WHO (World Health Organization) SARS page, which now includes a travel advisory to Toronto.
An article in the April 23 Toronto Star about the effect of SARS on tourism, mentions the ALA/CLA conference specifically and quotes ALA spokesperson Larra Clark, who says that ALA is keeping close track of the situation.
Rochelle Hartman writes "In case you were wondering, everything is under control and there are no plans to cancel ALA's Annual meeting in Toronto in June, according to this blurb on the ALA Conference Services information page. (For those keeping score, the URL for the Conference Services home page is a measly 169 characters.)
For more info on SARS and Toronto, have a gander here."
Someone writes \"The deadline for submissions to DRH2003 (Digital Resources for the Humanities) has been extended to 30 April. DRH2003 is annual international conference for digital librarians, scholars, curators and others developing or supporting access to new technologies in the arts and humanities.More Information \"
Humanities Computing User writes \"The call for proposals for this year\'s international Digital Resources for the Humanities has been announced. The conference themes include \'digital libraries, archives and museums\'. Deadline for proposals is 31 March 2003 and the conference takes place in Cheltenham, UK from 31 August to 3 September.
Deatail at The Web Site \"
Gary Price and I spoke at Internet Librarian 2002: Navigating in Turbulent Waters, and I brought my trusted digital camera along for the ride. I got to spend a few days, not only with Gary, but with Jenny, and Aaron. I also said “Hi” to Marylaine, got to see Both Peters, and enjoyed the warm desert sun before returning to the cold and dark Midwest. I don\'t have time for a long write up, but below are my pictures and comments. Thanks to everyone for making this the best conference yet. -- Read More
Thanapun Kulachan writes: \"Please annouce the following information:
International Conference (Asia -- Pacific)\"Challenges and Opportunities for Library and Information Professionals in Knowledge Management and the Digital Age\"
20-22 March 2003At Lotus Hotel Pang Suan KaewChiang Mai, Thailand
See more detail at the conference website.\"
A. Mystery Contributor tells us \"The International Programme Committee of the 2nd International Evidence Based Librarianship Conference 2003 invites you to submit contributed papers or posters for the conference in Edmonton, Alberta, June 4 - June 6, 2003.\"
Further conference information and the abstract submission form can be found here.