Many readers will already know that Toronto is hosting the annual conference and general meeting of CALL/ACBD in May. This gathering is a high point in the association’s calendar, and this year is even more special, as we are marking the start of our 50th anniversary.
The program is relevant to a wide audience – no matter your level of experience or expertise, you should find something to pique your interest. The exhibit hall will offer opportunities to learn about new developments in legal information, and the social program will give you a chance to meet new colleagues, catch up with familiar friends, and to relax.
Toronto is an expensive venue, and our fundraising team has been working exceptionally hard to ensure that we have adequate resources. Traditional sponsors such as Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis are coming through with their usual generosity, but with tough economic times and consolidation in legal publishing, we have fewer sponsors upon whom to rely.
Ted Tjaden (email@example.com) and Eric Leduc (firstname.lastname@example.org) have sent letters to the local firms asking for support. I urge the librarians in those establishments to put their influence behind this drive. If you have not received a letter, and wish to contribute, don’t be shy!
The Royal York’s ballroom is enormous, and offers us an opportunity to invite an even larger number of exhibitors than before. Remind your sales reps from companies other than our usual friends to come join us – if you find their product or service worthwhile, chances are very good that they have a broader audience in the law library world. Come meet us. Small companies may be interested in advertising with us through the program or by providing us with an insert for the conference bag. Sooin Kim (email@example.com) and John Bolan (firstname.lastname@example.org) are the contacts for information on sponsorship, exhibits and advertising opportunities.
Additional information on the conference and our Planning Committee is available at http://www.callacbd.ca/en/content/2012-conference
We look forward to seeing you soon!
CPC Chair, CALL/ACBD 2012