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I’m off to New Orleans for the American Lib. Assoc. conference


Well, tonight I head to New Orleans. This is the annual ALA conference, which features a multitude of programs, committee meetings, and opportunities to speak with vendors about new products. It is with a sense of trepidation that I go, as a friend of mine told me that the trip from the airport to New Orleans itself shows the incredible devastation – cars are still in trees, whole neighborhoods look no different than they did a few days after the terrible hurricane. Many of us are volunteering to help rebuild/reorganize New Orleans' public library branches. I am expecting this to be a very sobering conference experience. We are actually the first conference to be held in New Orleans since the storm; every other scheduled conference organization cancelled. Apparently one can hear the refrain "the librarians are coming" from the people left in New Orleans who so desperately need tourists and conference attendees to bring much-needed money to the city.

Author: jjdirector

B. Allison Gray is the Director of the John Jermaim Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, NY.

2 thoughts on “I’m off to New Orleans for the American Lib. Assoc. conference

  1. I just finished watching a report on WWL TV New Orleans about the ALA volunteerism. Thank you so much! You can’t imagine how ANYTHING normal can lift your spirits. I hope you have a wonderful time in the city. We can never thank you enough.

  2. Hi Doctor J,
    I am back now from New Orleans. I was truly shocked and
    upset by the lack of progress or any significant help the people affected by Katrina have received. Anderson Cooper spoke at the conference and asked us all to go home, tell everyone we know
    about just how bad the situation still is, 10 months after the
    storm. I admire all of you for your amazing courage, fortitude,
    and optimism. I am going to encourage everyone I know to take
    a vacation to New Orleans this year (although possibly not during
    the summer, boy was it hot and humid!).
    In any case, thank you for persevering. I wish that we could have done more while we were there.


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