Submitted by mcbride on December 1, 2003 - 4:57pm
Check out this weblog from Online Information 2003 in London brought to us by Information Today with contributions from ONLINE editor Marydee Ojala and Dick Kaser (V.P. Content - Information Today). Includes news, photos, even an assignment for Dick to find the best trade-show give-away item.
Submitted by Bill Drew on October 29, 2003 - 10:18pm
This conference sounds really interesting if you have the time and money to attend.
Submitted by Blake on September 11, 2003 - 7:41pm
Mock Turtle writes "Urban Libraries Council invites you to gather around the speakerphone for the Fall 2003 audio conference, "Financial Strategies for Turbulent Times: Stories from the Field," September 26 at 12 noon EDT. Mary Kay Conwell of New York Public Library, Herb Elish of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Deborah Jacobs of the Seattle Public Library, and Molly Raphael of the District of Columbia Public Library will share what has worked for them."
Submitted by Blake on September 3, 2003 - 12:26pm
Submitted by Blake on August 15, 2003 - 7:29am
Hope Kandel writes: "I wanted to remind you that there is still time to
submit a proposal to present at the "LearningTimes Library Online
Conference: Innovations by Information Professionals" [libraryconference.org].
This entirely Online Conference will take place over five days in
October, and is the first completely online forum to address in-depth
current issues relating to information service professionals in today's
libraries, universities, museums, and archives.
The LearningTimes Library Online Conference (LTLOC) will feature dozens
of industry leaders facilitating interactive webcasts, voice and text
based chat sessions, discussion boards, and online "poster sessions".
Submitted by John on August 13, 2003 - 6:56pm
Allen Ellis writes "The Popular Culture Association will be holding its annual joint meeting with the American Culture Association on April 7-10, 2004 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in Texas. Scholars from numerous disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests." Read on for details and a request for papers.
Submitted by John on July 22, 2003 - 11:26am
Someone sent in an article from The San Diego Union-Tribune about Manga (the Japanese graphic novel genre) and its market impact in the United States, as evidenced by the showing at this year\'s Comic-Con in San Diego. Some recent
stories have mentioned Manga.
Submitted by Blake on June 22, 2003 - 3:43pm
A little correction to Rochelle\'s report from T.O., that was Steven Bell, not Steven M. Cohen who joined us at the hectic dinner last night.
I took a few pictures, and had a wonderful time. Toronto is a world class city, if you chickened out you really missed a wonderful gathering ground. I wish I could\'ve stayed longer, but alas, duties home require a quick drive back to the states.
I\'m also happy to report I ran into \"Charles Groatcluster,\" someone who has started no small number of flame wars around here. He\'s much nicer in person!
Check out My ALA Photo Gallery to see how things went.
Submitted by rochelle on June 22, 2003 - 10:10am
Forget SARS. The biggest risk to our lives thusfar in Toronto has been to raise the ire of a Waiter and Concierge in a high-end restaurant. Hoo boy! If looks could kill, the library blogging world would be in deep mourning today. An informal summit of library bloggers gathered at an unnamed hotel restaurant last night to meet face-to-face and blow a couple days\' per diem on very pretty meals. The waiter was plagued by the tardy and unwieldy group, who caused a change from two round tables to one long table, which was added to twice.
The shindig was arranged by lisnews good guy, Blake. Others at the table were Jessamyn West of librarian.net and several lisnews contributors, including the prolific story suggester Jen Young, a funny gal who took no guff from the waiter, and a bona fide Canadian gent who did a great job of figuring tax and tip. (Names have not been omitted to protect the innocent, but owing to a mocha creme brulee hangover. So much saturated fat!) Other blogging luminaries included Walt Crawford and Steven Cohen who claimed \"other obligations\" after a look at the menu and one too many withering glances from the waiter. C\'mon fellas, the keyboard is mightier than the corkscrew! We will forgive this time, but expect tougher stuff at midwinter. We managed to tame the waiter eventually, and a good time was had by all, including Blake\'s lovely fiancee and a handful of others.
Toronto is perfectly lovely and friendly (waitstaff who\'ve had a bad summer aside) and we\'ve yet to see one SARS mask. Biggest dangers thusfar have been finding an ATM that takes VISA, being run down by sk8ter bois near the Sky Dome after the big ass Concert for Toronto, featuring Avril Lavigne, and being acosted by forlorn vendors who won\'t take no-eye- contact for an answer.
We are thankful for our employers who allowed us to come, thankful to the vendors who decided to stay, and especially thankful to the people of Toronto who have been gracious and welcoming beyond belief.
Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here.
Submitted by Blake on June 20, 2003 - 7:37pm
Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Pro-Castro librarians accused of shushing rivals
The National Post Says A cold war has broken out at a librarians\' conference in downtown Toronto
as accusations fly that pro-Castro elements within the American Library
Association are trying to silence debate over Cuba\'s crackdown on
The battle has laid the groundwork for the improbable scenario of a
shouting match among librarians at a meeting tomorrow.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 17, 2003 - 10:16am
I\'m not sure how old this announcement actually is, but I just received the tip via email this morning that the LOC has announced that it will not be at the ALA convention in Toronto. They have established an \"LC at ALA\" website, for information on meetings and other activities of staff who will be attending ALA. The following is from their web site...
LC Exhibit Booth Cancelled
The Library of Congress regrets that it will not have an exhibit booth at the 2003 ALA Annual Conference in Toronto. We look forward eagerly to full participation in the Midwinter 2004 exhibition in San Diego. To the members of the American Library Association and the Canadian Library Associations, and to all our fellow exhibitors, we wish you an enjoyable and productive conference.
The Library of Congress regrets that it will not be represented at the Placement Center at the ALA annual 2003 conference in Toronto. We look forward eagerly to full participation in the midwinter 2004 exhibition in San Diego.
Visit the [email protected] web site Here.
Submitted by rochelle on June 13, 2003 - 6:57pm
This Publishers Weekly article deals with the author/exhibitor side of ALA, giving highlights and cancellations of the still-on Annual conference.
Submitted by rochelle on June 13, 2003 - 12:29pm
Found this on the Conference Services page, after being tipped off by a colleague. Apparently, not because of SARS, but due to bad business mojo, the Spectrum Initiative Scholarship Bash, featuring 3 Mo' Tenors, has been cancelled. The management company is in receivership (I don't know what that means, except that it's not good) and cannot guarantee the appearance of its clients. The purchase price can be donated or ticket holders will be able to receive a refund. The following companies have dug into their pockets to help guarantee awards for the upcoming year: ProQuest, Highsmith Inc. and Chelsea House Publishers.
Submitted by Blake on June 13, 2003 - 12:23pm
Canadian Press Says The World Health Organization did not return Toronto to its no-go list on Friday.
There had been rumblings all week the global health body was on the verge of issuing a second travel advisory against the city. But a spokeswoman for the Geneva-based organization said Friday that there would be no new travel advisory at this time.
\"No change,\" Maria Cheng said.
Submitted by Blake on June 11, 2003 - 12:41pm
This One Says The spectre of a new WHO travel advisory loomed larger in Toronto yesterday as U.S. authorities confirmed that a North Carolina man caught SARS in the city and a hospital with a cluster of possible cases investigated two suspicious deaths.
Experts also examined evidence the American man might have contracted the virus from a symptom-free transmitter, an unsettling challenge to conventional wisdom about how SARS is spread.
Submitted by rochelle on June 10, 2003 - 12:49pm
Just found this paragraph buried in the LJ Conference Picks & Pans:
'Among the celebrities expected is Madonna to flog her new book, now fully clothed in her postwar dignity. But we couldn't get a final date for her appearance, so you can settle for Ralph Nader, Clyde Edgerton, or any of many others.'
It sounds pretty iffy to me, but you can't beat a sentence that's got both 'Madonna' and 'flog.' Pretty funny, those folks over at LJ. Would it be her new children's book, or is there something else she's got coming out?
Submitted by Blake on June 10, 2003 - 11:45am
Jen Young noticed Toronto may have new SARS cluster, CNN Says Health authorities closed a hospital outside Toronto to new patients because of a possible fresh cluster of SARS cases, while Taiwan on Tuesday reported a half-dozen more cases of the disease. [The Globe And Mail Story]
While The CBC Reports North Carolina is reporting its first case of SARS, and state health officials say the man contracted the disease in Toronto.
Meanwhile, Robin noted Today\'s PW Newsline says ALA is watching with
what they say is \"some groaning as exhibitors continue to back out
of its show. Brodart has already confirmed it won\'t be attending, Baker
& Taylor announced late Friday it would also not be sending anyone, and
other firms continue to send minimal delegations.\"
inmybook.com still plans on attending!
Submitted by rochelle on June 7, 2003 - 12:27pm
In 1995, millions of American women lost a fairly reliable, easy-to-use, and affordable (depending on how active you are) form of birth control when Robbins Healthcare stopped selling the Today Sponge. The demise of the sponge was even memorialized in a Seinfeld episode in which Elaine stockpiles boxes and boxes of the contraceptive.
A collective hurrah went up when Allendale Pharmaceuticals started up production of the sponge again in early 2003. While the U.S. awaits FDA reapproval, the sponge is available, over-the-counter, to our Canadian sisters. It is also available online to non-Canadian consumers, but with vendors cancelling and cutting back, you'll have to fill your carry-on with something for the colleagues besides bubble pens and notepads. This year, tell the colleagues to expect drug-store themed goodies, featuring SARS masks, disposable thermometers, and the sponge.
Submitted by rochelle on June 4, 2003 - 8:56pm
Library Journal reports here that despite fairly good Toronto/SARS news today, two major vendors, Baker & Taylor and Brodart, announced their decisions to pull out of the conference. Overall registrations are also down, with about 9,800 as of last Friday, compared to 10,200 for last year at the same time. Approximately 12% of this year's registrants are Canadian.
Submitted by Blake on June 4, 2003 - 8:35am
The Toronto Sun says Toronto will remain under the World Health Organization's microscope but will not be hit with another SARS travel advisory for now, the agency decided yesterday. "It was determined the Toronto situation wasn't a threat to international health," WHO spokesman Maria Cheng said.
Toronto escaped an advisory despite surpassing the number of active SARS cases that could trigger the warning, she said.