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Toronto Triples Its SARS Tally to 33 Probable Victims

Jen Young shares Bad News From The NYTimes that says the number of people they considered infected by a second outbreak of SARS in Toronto had tripled in the last 24 hours, although some officials expressed optimism that the new cluster of cases had reached its peak.
The Ontario Ministry of Health has daily updates. The Globe And Mail reports Toronto may have managed to put a lid on the newest outbreak of SARS, stopping the disease before it was able to spread its tentacles far into the community.

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Hay Festival

Someone writes "It's Time For The Hay Festival The Festival was started in 1988 by a small group of local people led by Norman and Peter Florence. Their theatre company had toured the world for the British Council and played lots of Festivals, and they thought - Festivals are wonderful, let's have one at home. The idea of focussing on literature and ideas evolved out of the desire to make the Festival as much about participation as possible. Lots of good stuff This Year.
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WHO wants more SARS information from Toronto

Gary Price writes "A link from the ALA homepage
states, " Travel Alert Removed: Toronto, Ontario, Canada"

however, in the past hour or so the CDC has "Reinstated" the travel alert.
Details here
Here.

As of today, The Globe & Mail reports , Officials of the World Health Organization and Health Canada held a hastily called teleconference on Saturday after the Geneva-based organization demanded additional information about a new cluster of at least 33 possible SARS cases in the city.
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ALA to stay in Toronto

Here's the good word, folks. Get yer passport and make those reservations.

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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.

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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 "

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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 \"

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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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Internet Librarian 2002: Navigating in Turbulent Waters

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.

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Upcoming Asia-Pacific Library Conference

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.\"

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Call for Papers - Evidence Based Librarianship Conference

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.

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Come See Us @ Computers in Libraries 2002

Steven and I will be presenting at Computers in Libraries 2002, on Thursday, March 14.

Weblogs: Their Impact on Delivering Information will be our topic, and if we are lucky, I\'ll convince Ryan & Gary to stop by as well.

\"The advent of Weblogs has created another way for information to be delivered to our users. Subject-specific, hand-picked news items as well as relevant Web sites can be updated quickly into a Weblog, bringing all current information to one place for all to see. Presenters discuss how Weblogs have changed the way information is delivered, how Weblogs operate and how they enhance creativity and productivity, then talk about current Weblogs in library and information science, as well as the technologies involved.\"

If you\'re going to be in DC, be sure to track us down.

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IKOMAT 2002 Call For Papers

maumita bhattacharya writes \"
This is an invitation to I-KOMAT’2002: International Workshop on
Intelligent Knowledge Management Techniques (I-KOMAT’2002) to
be held in conjunction with: KES\'2002 (Sixth International Conference on
Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems,
16, 17 & 18 September 2002, Podere d\'Ombriano, Crema, Italy)

For detailed information, please :

visit our web site

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NISO/BISG Program on Archiving Electronic Publications

Marilyn Geller writes: \"Please join us for this meeting which will take place on Sunday, January 20
from 4:30-6:00 @ ALA Midwinter in the Hotel Monteleone, Iberville Room.

Dale Flecker, Associate Director for Planning and Systems, Harvard
University Library will present an overview of work done on Harvard
University\'s planning grant sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to
study archiving electronic journals.\"

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