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Come to New Orleans for the ALA Annual meeting June 22 to 28! As Michael Gorman, the ALA President, was quoted as saying in the October 22, 2005 issue of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, ALA hopes to "help provide jobs and tax revenues needed if residents are to re-establish their lives and for the city to fully restore services, including library services." We will be the first major convention held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Our colleagues at Tulane tell us that the city is very excited that we are coming! The French Quarter, where many of the ALA hotels are located, sustained relatively little flood damage, so I think it is perfectly safe to go to New Orleans and a great way to support the city as it works hard to regain its economic stability.
One of the highlights for WESS members and their friends will be the traditional WESS Cruise on the John James Audubon. Please check out http://www.library.uiuc.edu/mdx/WESSCruise/wesscruise.htm for the enticing menu, the jazz band, and other details. Our WESS Cruise is not only fun for all participants, but also a great networking opportunity for new and more established librarians, vendors and publishers alike. Bring your friends and families! Some of us may remember that the cruise at Annual 1999 in New Orleans kicked off this particular WESS tradition! Who would ever forget that sultry night?
The other highlight is the WESS Program with three New Orleans based panelists, two historians and one archivist, who will talk about Immigrations, Ethnicities and Historical Research on Monday morning. The committee is also working towards organizing tours of the Historic New Orleans Collection. We already have a very informative program website to get you in the mood at http://www.lib.byu.edu/estu/wess/2006program.html.
Of course we will also have the usual array of useful, fruitful and sometimes even fascinating committee and discussion group meetings during the weekend. The schedule, including the GNARP and CIFNAL meetings, is posted at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~wessweb/scheduleannual2006.html
Our newest committee, established last fall, is the Fundraising Committee. Its task, as the name implies, is to raise money needed to publish our newsletter, help with the funding of the annual WESS Cruise, and provide stipends for librarians to travel to European book fairs and other activities. The committee is chaired by Emily Stambaugh, who is helped by dedicated fundraisers Tom Izbicki, Gordon Anderson and Gerald Heverly. Maybe you would like to join them? See our impressive list of current sponsors in this newsletter. If you would like to get more information about the fundraising committee, please see its website at: http://lib.ucr.edu/staff/estambaugh/WESS/fundraising/index.html
We have also begun to talk about the next WESS International Conference to be held somewhere in Europe, sometime in the next few years. Stay tuned!
See you in New Orleans!
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