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.