April 25, 2003

Keith Michael Fiels, Executive Director, American Library Association

The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) will meet in executive session Tuesday afternoon to discuss the options available relating to the joint Annual Conference with the Canadian Library Association.  The ALA is taking the occurrence of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Toronto very seriously,  and the health of our members, staff, exhibitors and wider library community is our primary concern.

Among the options to be considered are proceeding as planned, moving the conference to another location and canceling the conference.

The Executive Board decision on the 2003 Annual Conference will be posted on the ALA home page and disseminated widely as soon as it is reached.