Charleston Library Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:56:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Charleston Library Conference 32 32 2018 Theme and Important Dates Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:56:33 +0000 The  theme for the 2018 Charleston Conference is from Percy Bysshe Shelly’s poem Ode to the West Wind: “Oh Wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

Important Dates and Deadlines:

March 1 – Call for Preconferences Opens

April 16 – Call for Papers Opens

April 28 – Call for Preconference Deadline

June 4 – Vendor Showcase Registration Opens

June 11 – Conference Early Bird Registration and Hotel Room Blocks Open

July 13 – Call for Papers Deadline

August 17 – Juried Product Development Forum Deadline

August 24 – Charleston Premier Deadline

August 31 – Up and Comer Nomination Deadline 

September 14 – Early Bird Registration Deadline

October 12 – Regular Registration Deadline

October 26 – Online Registration Closes

Nov 5 – 6 – Preconferences

November 6 – Vendor Showcase

November 7 – 9: Main Conference

Free Webcast: Meeting the Modern Marketing Challenge in Librares Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:13:10 +0000

Registration and More Information

In today’s libraries, marketing is everyone’s job. Yet, many librarians don’t know what modern marketing is and the preconditions for marketing success. During this year’s Charleston Conference, Charleston Briefing author Jill Stover Heinze convened a lively discussion about these topics in her new book, Library Marketing: From Passion to Practice. The session made clear that many of us share deep concerns and unresolved questions about what adopting modern marketing means in a library context.

This webinar will extend the Conference conversation, sharing an overview of the Briefing’s main themes, and revisiting the topics and ideas that were most pressing for session attendees, including:

  • Understanding how marketing, strategic planning, communications, and assessment relate to one another and what that means for how library staff should think about their roles
  • Why focusing only on ‘telling our story’ misses the mark, and doesn’t guarantee patrons will listen
  • What segmentation is and how you can efficiently reach patrons in new ways by innovating how you approach your user base

Jill will be joined by Northern Kentucky University’s Dean of the Library, Arne Almquist. Arne successfully implemented a marketing orientation at Steely Library by modifying its organizational structure to better accommodate marketing as a circular, holistic communication process. Arne will share what has worked and what merits further refinement as his library put these marketing principles into practice.


Be Sure Your Address Book is Updated! Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:55:26 +0000 As many of you know, the Charleston Conference and Against the Grain moved into a new office last year when Katina and Bruce Strauch, owners, retired from their “day jobs” at the College of Charleston and the Citadel. Please be sure your address books are updated to the new mailing address below! The Citadel will no longer forward mail after this month and items will be returned to sender.


Charleston Conference – and/or – Against the Grain
PO Box 799
Sullivans Island, SC 29482

Mark Your Calendars: 2018 Dates Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:35:02 +0000 The 2018 Charleston Library Conference will be held from Monday, November 5, through Friday, November 9. On our evaluations, we asked 2017 attendees whether they preferred the new Monday to Friday schedule, or wanted to go back to our old Tuesday to Saturday dates, and over 80% said they preferred Monday through Friday. We’re listening and we’ve changed our schedule!

  • Monday and Tuesday, November 5 – 6: Preconferences and Seminars
  • Tuesday, November 6: Charleston Vendor Showcase
  • Wednesday through Friday, November 7 – 9: Main Conference

More information on the conference theme, speakers, important dates, etc. coming soon. Contact Leah Hinds ( or one of the Conference Directors with any questions in the meantime.

Free Webinar – Crunch Time: Frameworks to Assess and Improve End of Year Spending Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:04:27 +0000

REGISTER NOW – Attendance is limited.

Join us for a free webinar on December 20 at 2:00 pm Eastern, presented by Lindsay Cronk, University of Rochester, and Shawn Vaillancourt, University of Houston.

We all know that stress is a bad condition for decision-making. How can we counteract stress in year-end collections spending? In this presentation, the authors will provide an overview of their assessment framework, discussion of their findings, and recommendations based on the assessment process. Discussing how Return On Investment (ROI) can be assessed, the presentation will focus on strategies for approaching year-end spending methodically and successfully.

This session will be recorded and made available on the conference website at a later time.

About the Presenters:

Lindsay Cronk is Head of Collection Strategies, University of Rochester. Lindsay is covered in tattoos and full of strong opinions.


Shawn Vaillancourt is the Collections Specialist & Education Librarian at the University of Houston.



Free Webinar: Misinformation Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:37:41 +0000


Join us for a free webinar on December 13 at 2:00 pm Eastern, presented by Samantha J. Kaplan, Doctoral Student at UNC Chapel Hill, School of Information & Library Science.

This session will address the concept of misinformation – what it is, when it occurs, and how what is misinformation in one context may be good information in another. I will present the status of information as context-dependent, leading to the importance of considering context with sensitivity, empathy, and a critical eye. This session is distinct because it attempts to stretch misinformation from a black and white concept to a larger spectrum. We will briefly examine evidence of the ways information systems exacerbate issues of misinformation.

After considering evidence and examples of misinformation, the session will shift toward discussing fundamental questions information and library science must consider when taking action in regard to misinformation, such as the tension between providing the highest level of service and providing accurate and unbiased information. We will also consider Ranganathan’s law, “every book its source” in connection to misinformation.

This session is needed as our society grapples with the implications of misinformation at every level and every institution. While everyday we are confronted with examples of misinformation and attempts to fix it, we do not hear nearly enough about what it is. I would attend this because I think the information and ideas presented will grant the necessary understanding to begin handling complex issues of misinformation with the humanity they warrant.

About the Presenter: Samantha J. Kaplan is a doctoral student in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She completed a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. She studies misinformation at the intersection of health and everyday life contexts.

This webinar will be recorded and posted on the Conference website at a later time.

Thanks for Another Successful Conference! Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:48:27 +0000 Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Charleston Library Conference! Another year of thought-provoking presentations and productive networking is behind us. We appreciate all of our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees for participating. Evaluations have been sent by email to attendees and we’d appreciate your feedback. Please tell us what we did right and how we can improve for next year.

A few notes for our speakers:

1) Please upload your slides to the schedule by logging in to your speaker profile and clicking “Add Presentation.” Detailed instructions can be found at We’re already getting emails from attendees who are anxiously awaiting your slides.  🙂

2) The final deadline for the Conference Proceedings papers is Friday, December 1. To submit your paper, visit and click “Author Upload” on the left side of the page. Please see our Author FAQ page on the Purdue University Press website for more information.

Thanks again, and please contact Leah Hinds at if you have any questions or comments.

2017 Live Streaming Video Schedule Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:15:12 +0000 Plenary sessions at the upcoming Charleston Library Conference will be available to watch via live streaming video at the following times (all times listed are Eastern):

Click here to watch at the scheduled times. Recordings will also be available later in the day.

Wednesday, November 8:

  • 8:30 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 8:35 AM: 21st Century Academic Library: The Promise, the plan, the response. (Loretta Parham, CEO and Director, Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library)
  • 9:15 AM: Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Scholarship Award
  • 9:20 AM: The Future of Open Print Stacks: A Proposal (Jim O’Donnell, University Librarian, Arizona State University)
  • 9:30 AM: Technology and Platforms: What’s on the Horizon (Georgios Papadopolous, CEO, Atypon)
  • 4:40 PM: Charleston Fast Pitch Competition

Thursday, November 9

  • 8:30 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 8:35 AM: Bringing your Physical Books to Digital Learners via the Open Library Project (Brewster Kahle, Founder and Digital Librarian, Internet Archive)
  • 9:15 AM: ABC-CLIO Vicky Speck Leadership Award
  • 9:20 AM: All the Robots Are Coming: The Promise and Peril of AI (Heather Staines,; Peter Brantley, UC Davis; Elizabeth Caley, Meta; Ian Mulvaney, SAGE; Ruth Pickering, Yewno)
  • 4:45 PM: Charleston Premiers: Five MInute Previews of the New and Noteworthy

Friday, November 10

  • 8:30 AM: The Long Arm of the Law (Ann Okerson, CRL; William Hannay, Schiff Hardin LLP; Ruth Okedii, Harvard School of Law)

Click here to watch at the scheduled times

Recordings will be made available at the same link later in the day. 

2017 Up & Comer Award Winners Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:28:16 +0000
ATG Media is pleased to announce the first ever recipients for the Up and Comers award. This award is intended for librarians, library staff, vendors, publishers, MLIS students, instructors, consultants, and researchers who are new to their field or are in the early years of the profession. Up and Comers are passionate about the future of libraries. They innovate, inspire, collaborate, and take risks. They are future library leaders and change makers, and we are excited to celebrate them with this award.

The 2017 ATG Media Up & Comers are:

  • Ethan Cutler, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
  • Katrina Spencer, Middlebury College
  • Anna Boutin, MIT Libraries
  • Shaun R. Bennett, North Carolina State University Libraries
  • Inga Haugen, Virginia Tech
  • Kiyomi Diane Deards, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Sarah (Crissinger) Hare, Indiana University
  • Heather Howard, Purdue University
  • Amanda Lowe, University at Albany Libraries
  • Maoria J. Kirker, George Mason University Libraries
  • Jennifer Thoegersen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Katherine “Kate” Hill, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Kelly Durkin Ruth, Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library
  • Katelyn Angell, Long Island University-Brooklyn
  • Wendy Hagenmaier, Georgia Tech Library
  • Hailley Fargo, Penn State University Library
  • Michael Rodriguez, University of Connecticut
  • Charlie Bennett, Georgia Tech Library
  • Katy Kavanagh Webb, East Carolina University
  • Katherine Mika, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology

“I’m thrilled to see all the accomplishments and innovations displayed by our award winners,” says Leah Hinds, Executive Director of the Charleston Conference. “This was a fantastic idea spearheaded by Erin Gallagher of Reed College Library, one of our Conference Directors. Thanks to Erin for all of her hard work to make this happen!”

“There are so many early-career librarians and information professionals out there doing inventive and transformative work. They’re setting the stage for the future of our profession, and we’re pleased and honored to celebrate their achievements. I can’t wait to meet them in Charleston!”, says Erin Gallagher, Director of Collection Services at Reed College.

The 2017 Up and Comers will be recognized in the December/January issue of Against the Grain, and they will be featured in a series of scheduled podcast interviews. We will also recognize the award winners at the Charleston Conference First Time Attendee Reception on Tuesday, November 7, at 7:00 pm. If you’re attending the conference, stop by to say hello and congratulations!

About ATG Media: ATG Media is the umbrella group that includes the Charleston Conference, Against the Grain, and a new series of short, open access ebooks titled “Charleston Briefings: Trending Topics for Information Professionals.” ATG Media is a wholly owned subsidiary of ATG, LLC.

About the Charleston Conference: The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, in November, to discuss issues of importance to them all. It is designed to be a collegial gathering of individuals from different areas who discuss the same issues in a non-threatening, friendly, and highly informal environment.

Registration Check-In Desk Details Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:58:19 +0000 REGISTRATION CHECK-IN DESK
Upper Lobby, Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Please check in upon arrival to receive your name badge and attendee materials. Name badges will be required for entry into conference venues, the reception, and conference shuttles.

The desk will be open the following hours:

  • Tuesday, 11/7, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 11/8, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, 11/9, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Friday, 11/10: CLOSED (All registration materials will be moved to the Information Desk on the Mezzanine Level of the Francis Marion Hotel)