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Conference Philosophy and Code of Conduct

We are pleased to announce our new Conference Philosophy and Code of Conduct that will take effect immediately. We hope that this will help meet our goal of making all of our attendees feel welcome, valued, and comfortable.

Conference Philosophy

Rooted in the tradition of giving the “underdogs” a chance to have a level playing field with the “big dogs,” the Charleston Library Conference continues to place an emphasis on inviting diverse viewpoints, giving a platform to new voices, and equally valuing the input from all sides of the information and scholarly communications industry.

The Conference was founded in 1980 by Katina Strauch for the purpose of bringing together librarians, publishers, and vendors to discuss issues of importance to them all. At the time, Strauch was a newly hired librarian at the College of Charleston and had no travel budget to attend conferences or meet with the big names in the publishing world. Since she couldn’t go to them, she invited a group of around 25 thought leaders to come to Charleston instead.

The tradition continues each year in beautiful downtown Charleston, SC, with a collegial gathering of individuals from different areas who discuss issues in a non-threatening, friendly, and highly informal environment. From the librarian of a small library to the CEO of a major corporation, they all stand and make their voices heard.

Code of Conduct

The Charleston Library Conference is an inclusive, professional conference. We respect free speech and invite diverse perspectives and opinions. Please contact Leah Hinds (leah@charlestonlibraryconference.com) if you have any concerns. Thank you for your cooperation.