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CIL Postponed

  • 1.  CIL Postponed

    Posted 03-13-2020 11:46
    Colleagues,   Here is the announcement concerning the postponement of "Computers in Libraries" scheduled for Mar 31-Apr 2, 2020.   There are some FAQ's following the announcement that can add more info. Those who were planning to use FEDLINK Training Funds should - perhaps contact Anne Harrison at LC. It's all about that "abundance of caution" we are hearing, and rightly so.  Wash your hands, keep your distance and we will get through this.  Most importantly - apply common sense.


    Computers in Libraries 2020 has been Postponed.

    Information Today, Inc., the organizer of the Computers in Libraries conference, would like to inform you that Computers in Libraries 2020, March 31 - April 2 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, in Arlington, VA has been postponed.

    For the last several weeks, we have been monitoring the coronavirus outbreak hoping it was possible to hold Computers in Libraries 2020 on schedule and safely. However, with the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19 as well as recent developments within the last 24-hours, including the governor of Virginia declaring a state of emergency, Information Today, Inc. has decided to postpone the event

    Out of an abundance of caution, we believe this is the best decision to ensure the health and safety of our community of attendees, speakers, and exhibitors, as well as our own staff. 

    We are currently in discussions with the Hyatt Regency Crystal City to evaluate all available options to hold Computers in Libraries later this year. We expect these discussions to continue for the next few weeks and will reach out to all registered participants once a final decision has been made. 

    We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and support as we navigate through these very unusual circumstances to determine our best path forward. We will be in touch soon with further information.


    Frequently Asked Questioned

    Please note the following information regarding the postponement of Computers in Libraries 2020.

    Do I need to cancel my hotel reservation?

    Yes. If you haven't done so already, all attendees should cancel their hotel reservations at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. For those that booked through our preferred housing bureau, Meeting & Travel Consultants (MTC), please email bookit@mtcreservations or call 732-549-3985. (Note: If you booked through MTC you must call MTC to cancel your reservation; not the hotel. MTC has not charged any credit cards but will still issue you a cancellation confirmation.)

    If you booked outside of the group block, please refer to your individual reservation confirmation for cancellation terms.

    Do I need to cancel other travel arrangements?

    Yes. We encourage you to cancel any travel plans you may have made on your own in relation to Computers in Libraries.

    I am a registered attendee, do I need to cancel my registration?

    No. At this time you do not need to cancel your registration with us. We will reach out to all registered attendees with additional instructions once new dates are confirmed.

    I am a speaker, do I need to cancel my participation?

    No. At this time you do not need to cancel your participation with us. We will reach out to all speakers with additional information once new dates are confirmed.

    I am an exhibiting company, do I need to cancel my booth or sponsorship?

    All exhibiting companies have been emailed separately regarding additional information and instructions pertaining to their booth due to this postponement.

    Additional Resources

    We encourage you to visit the following sites for updates and advice on the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):

    World Health Organization (WHO)

    Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

    Sharon Lenius
    [Federal Librarian - Retired]
    'Tolle Lege!' ('Take up and read')

  • 2.  RE: CIL Postponed

    Posted 03-13-2020 11:59
    Apply common sense as needed and it's needed!