June 21, 2006

ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership launched a new blog on Monday for and about the association community. Known as "Acronym," the web journal has initial guest bloggers already lined up: Greg Balestrero, CEO of the Project Management Institute; David Gammel, president of High Context Consulting; Ben Marting, member relations director for the Virginia Society of CPAs, and Shawn Lea, vice president for strategic communications at the Mississippi Hospital Association.

The American Library Association will hold its 2006 annual convention in New Orleans June 22 to 28, the first citywide convention since Hurricane Katrina hit last August. Approximately 20,000 attendees are expected at the event, at which former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and First Lady Laura Bush will be keynote speakers. The next event of a similar size to be held in the city will be July's Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, which expects approximately 25,000 participants.