Session Formats and Threads

SESSION FORMATS

At Charleston, we like making things fun and exciting. One way we do that is by having several different session formats to shake things up a bit.

Plenary Sessions – General sessions of a broad interest for the entire group of conference attendees. These sessions are held in the Performance Hall of the Gaillard Center (95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401).

Neapolitan Sessions – Designed to be of interest to a broad audience, but drilling down a bit more into specifics than the plenary sessions, these are “mini plenaries” that are run simultaneously in three large ballrooms. Since there are three sessions/flavors at a time, we went with a classic tri-flavored ice cream theme!

Lively Lunchtime Discussions – These 75 minute talks are scheduled during the lunchtime hours, and are intended to include a brief presentation or statement of the speakers’ point of view followed by vigorous and lively discussion and Q&A from the audience. We encourage presenters to limit or eliminate PowerPoint slides and focus on audience involvement. Food is not provided (unless specified in a sponsored event, see below), but attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Lively Lunch Discussions are spread among all of our conference locations. There are several sponsored lunches held in nearby restaurants. Sponsored lunches will be identified as such in the program, and registration is required through the RSVP link provided in the session description.

Concurrent Sessions – The workhorse of the conference is a standard 40 minute session from a single speaker or group of speakers in a traditional presentation style. Concurrents are scheduled across all of our conference locations.

Shotgun Sessions – Moderated by a time keeper and presented in only 6 minutes and 40 seconds each, these succinct, “Pecha Kucha-like” sessions are scheduled during a 45 minute concurrent session timeslot with 5 presentations back to back. Time is provided at the end of the session for Q&A with all five presenters.

Innovation Lightning Rounds – These 60 minute sessions focus on innovative or entrepreneurial thinking in libraries – new ways to solve problems, new technology or existing tech utilized in new ways, etc. They will feature five 10-minute presentations back-to-back, with a moderator for introductions, Q&A, and time keeping.

Poster Sessions – Presenters will be available to answer questions and narrate their posters during this 60 minute session. Running concurrently with the poster sessions is a “Happy Hour Networking” event with speed networking, appetizers, and a cash bar. You can mix, mingle, get a bite to eat, and visit the posters all at one time.

Virtual Posters – PDF poster images and video presentations will be displayed on large flat screen monitors during the Poster Sessions as well as on the conference website.

THREADS

Our lively lunch discussions, concurrent sessions, innovation sessions, and poster sessions are also organized by topic into the following threads:

  • AN: Analytics
  • CD: Collections
  • LS: Library Services
  • MT: Management
  • SC: Scholarly Communication
  • TE: Technology
  • UC: Up & Coming
This year, we are thrilled to announce a new topic thread: Up & Coming (UC). The UC thread is intended for attendees who are…
  • New to the profession of library and information studies, including librarians, library staff, vendors, publishers, content providers, consultants, and researchers.
  • New to the Charleston Conference.
  • New to the specific areas of focus of the Charleston Conference (collection development, acquisitions, instruction, scholarly communication, technical services, vendor/publisher relations).
  • MLIS students and recent graduates.
  • Those with no or limited prior experience presenting at professional conferences.
The UC thread is a terrific opportunity for up & comers to:
  • Become actively involved in the Charleston Conference.
  • Make a stronger case to attend the Charleston Conference.
  • Share your unique experience and knowhow in a supportive, reputable professional sphere.
  • Hone your presentation skills.

Please note that plenary sessions, Neapolitan sessions, and preconferences are not organized by thread. Also, please note that these categories are chosen by the presenters themselves and are not assigned by the Conference organizers.