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Getting Down to Business

Marydee Ojala @ 10:46 am

I know that New Orleans, from a cuisine viewpoint, is Cajun with its jambalaya, poboys, and gumbo. The SLA conference in New Orleans, however, struck me more as sweet and sour.

The business meeting was particularly sweet and sour. Amidst the awards, the wonderful camaraderie, the fascinating accomplishments of SLA members, and the outstanding work of SLA staff, lurked the financial situation, which was very sour indeed. Essentially, association revenues and lower than expected and less than what it spends to support members. Dues are down, conference registration monies are down, and vendor support is down. Not a happy picture and one that the association will have to do something about. The phrase “everything is on the table” in terms of expense reduction and revenue generation permeated both the leadership meetings and the annual business meeting.

Come to think of it, maybe it’s not sweet and sour. It’s more like Cafe du Monde, with the sweet beignets and the bitter chicory coffee.

1 Comment

  1. I can’t believe a professional researcher would make such mistakes about a culture. New Orleans is not Cajun – the Cajun area of Louisiana is in the Southwestern part of the state centered around Lafayette. New Orleans is creole.

    Chicory coffee is not bitter – chicory root is added to coffee originally as an extender during lean times but now as a way to mellow the flavor. It is the french roast process not the chicory that makes the coffee taste stronger and more robust than “regular” American style coffee.

    As a native Louisianian, it pains me to think that visitors to our city – especially librarians – would not take time to learn a bit about the culture.

    Comment by grant parish — June 19, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

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