Charleston Library Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:37:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Charleston Library Conference 32 32 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)
Free Webinar: Tips and Tricks for Attending the Charleston Conference Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:00:41 +0000

Are you a first-time conference attendee, or maybe you haven’t been in a few years and you’re wondering what’s new? Or do you just want the inside scoop on all the best tips and tricks for Charleston?
Join us for a live, interactive webinar to learn all the tricks of the trade for attending the Charleston Library Conference. What are the best sessions for networking? How can you participate through social media? Where’s the best place to grab lunch? When do the conference shuttles run? You can also ask questions to find out more.
Wednesday, November 1, at 1:00 pm Eastern

Presented by:

  • Leah Hinds, Executive Director, Charleston Conference
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.

  • Beth Bernhardt, Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications, UNC Greensboro and Main Conference Director

Beth Bernhardt is the Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications for the University Libraries at UNCG. She was previously Electronic Resources Librarian at UNCG, and has consulted with a number of other libraries and organizations. Prior to coming to UNCG in 2000, she was Associate Director of Library Services at Greensboro College. She is the main conference director for the Charlston Library Conference, and co-editor of the Chareston Conference Proceedings series.

  • Cris Ferguson, Director of Technical Services, Murray State University and Conference Director

Cris Ferguson has served as the Director of Technical Services at the Murray State University Libraries since 2013.  Prior to joining MSU, she served as the Electronic Resources / Serials Librarian at Furman University in Greenville, SC. She attended her first Charleston Conference in 2003, and has served as a Director of the Charleston Conference since 2005.

  • Kate Hill, Electronic Resources Librarian, UNC Greensboro

Kate enjoys talking about all things geek, and exploring new food and beer places. Oh, I also enjoy talking UX for e-resource access and best ways to wrangle metadata into something useful.


  • Heather Staines, Director of Partnerships, and Conference Director
Heather’s interests include exploring how annotation/collaboration technology can connect to existing workflows (annotation in peer review, annotation as additional content, post-publication discussion), and building a standards-based interoperable annotation layer across all knowledge with the Annotating All Knowledge Coalition.

This webinar will be recorded and made available after broadcast on the conference website.
New Whitepaper from Arizona State University Library to be Presented at Conference Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:45:27 +0000

From Jim O’Donnell, University Librarian, Arizona State University:

The Arizona State University Library is undertaking a major renovation of facilities and so also a major rethinking of how we handle our print collection.  We will ‘reduce the footprint’ considerably, while improving discovery services and our ability to deliver books to users.  But we also want to be intentional and creative in how we present and feature the smaller print collections in our numerous buildings.  What will it take to keep students and other users focused on the value and usefulness of print in an age of many distractions? With support of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we have begun planning our response.

This whitepaper represents our state of thinking today — as we look for other libraries to partner with us in thinking and planning.  I will introduce the whitepaper in a very short plenary at Charleston and on Thursday we will host a lively lunch to discuss these ideas and recruit librarians from other institutions interested in being part of the thinking and planning process.  We already have some remarkably innovative ideas — and we want more!

Please join us — or read the whitepaper and respond to me,, if you can’t.

Leah Hinds Named Executive Director Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:15:33 +0000

Leah Hinds, Executive Director of the Charleston Conference

Charleston Information Group, LLC, is pleased to announce that Leah Hinds has been appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Library Conference.

Leah has been working as an independent contractor with the Conference since 2004 when she was hired by Regina Semko, the former Registrar of the Charleston Conference, to compile attendee evaluation results and annual surveys for ATG, and to help on site at the Information Desk. She was named Assistant Director shortly thereafter and took on responsibility for organizing the program, liaising with presenters and meeting facilities, managing sponsorships and advertising, and more. As her role and responsibilities have grown and changed in the 12 years she’s worked with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, Leah has helped the Charleston Conference and Against the Grain to grow and flourish.

“I’m honored and thrilled to be named Executive Director of the Charleston Conference,” remarks Leah. “I feel extremely fortunate to have Katina as a mentor and look forward to continuing to build on the conference’s tradition of excellence.”

“Leah Hinds is tireless, efficient, smart, quick, and very creative with solutions! We are ecstatic to recognize her as the Executive Director of the Charleston Conference!” says Katina Strauch, founder and convener.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:14:30 +0000 You are cordially invited!

To celebrate our first year in a new location, we’re hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to open the Showcase with a bang. Join us in the lobby of the Gaillard Center for the ribbon cutting and enter for a chance to win one of many door prizes ranging from $100 Amazon gift cards, to Yeti insulated coffee mugs, to a wonderful variety of branded items and gift packages generously donated by our exhibitors. You must be present to win, so be sure to stick around until the drawing!

Ribbon Cutting to open the Vendor Showcase
Tuesday, November 7, 10:30 am

Food and beverage stations will be located inside the exhibit hall in the Gaillard Center Grand Ballroom and in the lobby – visit booths and browse while you eat. We’ll also have a Photo Booth, sponsored by Duke University Press, available in the lobby for the duration of the Vendor Showcase to take souvenir photos with fun props. Can’t wait to see you there!

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Deadline Extended for Fast Pitch Competition Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:44:30 +0000 Application deadline extended to Friday, September 29. Apply now for your chance to win one of two $2,500 awards!

The Fast Pitch Competition at the 2017 Charleston Conference is looking for proposals that pitch a winning idea to improve service at an academic or research library. The proposal should describe a project or venture that is innovative, useful and better or different than what has been done in the past or done currently.

Conference registrants’ with unique and implementable ideas for change and improvement at their library are encouraged to submit a proposal to present at the Fast Pitch Session. The proposals should describe the project in fewer than 1,000 words. Proposal deadline has been extended to September 29. Selected proposers will have five minutes to pitch their idea before a Charleston Conference audience on Wednesday, November 8, and a panel of judges who will determine the finalists. The Goodall Family Charitable Foundation will sponsor two $2,500 awards for the finalists.

Apply Online

Last year’s winners were Syracuse University for their Blackstone LaunchPad for student entrepreneurship, and St. John Fisher College, for their Coordinated Collection Development API Project. A write-up of the session is available on the conference blog, and an ATG Special Reporton all the winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions is available on the Against the Grain website.

If you have questions, please contact

IGI Global Announces Academic Librarian Sponsorship Program for the 2017 Charleston Conference Fri, 01 Sep 2017 15:41:27 +0000 IGI Global is proud to continue the Academic Librarian Sponsorship Program, which sponsors librarians’ attendance of the Charleston Conference.

In an ongoing effort to help librarians grow professionally and increase their understanding of the changing state of knowledge resources, IGI Global will award one librarian a $500 stipend for attendance at the 2017 Charleston Conference from November 6-10, 2017, in Charleston, South Carolina.

All those who apply will receive a complimentary packet containing Library Information Science professional development materials from Examining the Emotional Dimensions of Academic Librarianship: Emerging Research and Opportunities and IGI Global’s cornerstone publication, the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition. Please come to Booth #73 during the conference to receive your complimentary content.

For more information and to apply, see IGI Global’s website.