Jury still out on Toronto Conference

Don\'t pack those bags yet! The latest scoop from ALA is that the Executive Board needs more time to review the available data before making a final decision about the joint ALA/CLA conference. Further discussion is scheduled for FRIDAY.


WHO lifts travel warning on Toronto

Fred D. writes "The WHO lifted its warning against non-essential travel to Toronto today, though it still considers the city an "affected area". The NYT has the story (free registration required) at The NYTimes "


CLA Posts Position on SARS, Conference

Gary Deane noticed Canadian Library Association Brief to the Executive Board, American Library Association, regarding the Toronto 2003 Joint Annual Conference.
They say CLA's position is that Toronto continues to be a safe and attractive venue to host the joint Annual Conference June 19-25, 2003. I agree with them, not that anyone asked.


ALA will meet April 29 to discuss conference

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.


Plug pulled on big conferences in Toronto after WHO warning

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 Pres on SARS and Toronto Conference

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.


New SARS info on ALA site

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.


SARs will not rain on ALA Annual Parade

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."


Digital Resources for the Humanities Deadline Soon

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 \"


Digital Resources for the Humanities 2003

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 \"



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