The Ohio Library Council has announced that they are canceling their annual conference due to low expectations of attendance. The organization surveyed library directors throughout Ohio and determined that most libraries simply don’t have the funds to participate.
Is this the beginning of a slew of cancellations, or will it be limited to areas where funding is being drastically cut? ALA 2009 apparently did well, but will smaller, regional conferences survive?
Watch for conferences to scale down, or even combine with other events, over the next couple of years in order to provide more “bang for the buck”. If you are a speaker/presenter, look at how you might be able to benefit conferences in your area… they might need all the help they can get.