2017 Charleston Fast Pitch Competition
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 is September 15, with finalists notified by October 2. 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.
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 Report
on all the winners, runners up, and honorable mentions is available on the Against the Grain website.
- Application Deadline: September 15, 2017
- Notification to all applicants: October 2
- Finalist Preparation and Coaching: October 16 – 30
- Fast Pitch Competition: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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.