Coping with the Fear Factor

A DEVASTATING $5 MILLION potential loss wasn't the deciding factor in the American Library Association's decision in mid-May to go ahead with its June annual convention in Toronto after the initial April outbreak of SARS in the city. “The health and safety of our members was our primary consideration,” says Keith Michael Fiels, executive director of the Chicago-based association.

That was before the second outbreak of SARS in late May in Toronto, which resulted in the World Hea

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