Ten months ago, in the trying days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center was filled with 20,000 refugees. In the last week of June, it was a far different scene as the 18,000-member delegation from the American Library Association shuffled through the refurbished halls as part of the first citywide convention to return to the city since Katrina. The high-profile meeting, watched closely by association planners and the meetings industry, went off ...

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