by Leah Hinds (Executive Director, Charleston Conference)
We have an amazing line up of preconference and seminars this year, and the schedule is posted at http://www.charlestonlibraryconference.com/preconferences. Topics range from our very popular Acquisitions Bootcamp seminar, hosted alongside UNC Chapel Hill SILS, to Library-Vendor Relationships, User Experience, Electronic Resource Management, Open Educational Resources, and more. We’re very excited about the offerings this year and think they will provide a great opportunity for in-depth learning and practical applications. Registration for the preconference workshops and seminars is available on our main conference registration page.
Registration Now Open
Speaking of the registration page, conference registration is now open! Take advantage of our early bird rates by registering before Friday, September 14 by clicking the link on our homepage at http://www.charlestonlibraryconference.com. With your full conference registration, you will receive the following:
- Access to visit the Vendor Showcase on Tuesday from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Plan to meet with reps from over 140 different publishers and vendors.
- Access to all plenary and concurrent sessions on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
- Annual Conference Reception at the SC Aquarium on Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 PM.
- Networking opportunities throughout the Conference, plus a Happy Hour Mixer and Speed Networking session during the Poster Sessions on Wednesday from 6:00-6:45 pm.
- Complimentary shuttle service from all conference hotels to our headquarters at the Francis Marion Hotel.
- Complimentary one-year subscription to Against the Grain, the premier journal linking publishers, vendors, and librarians.
Need more reasons to attend, or help in justifying your attendance? We’ve put together a one-page PDF on Making the Case to Attend at http://d24kppgtqphybz.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/The-Charleston-Conference_Making-the-case_Final.pdf.
The Charleston Fast Pitch Competition is your chance to “pitch” your idea for innovation or improvement to the Charleston Conference audience and a panel of judges for a chance to win one of two $2,500 prizes! To encourage international participation, we’re also expanding the competition to provide a travel stipend for a qualified international applicant to attend the 2018 Conference in addition to the two domestic prizes. The call for participation is open to all who are in the process of developing new, innovative, and implementable ideas to improve their academic libraries or related organizations. The intent of the competition is to showcase innovation in library information management and to award the most deserving examples of innovation. For more information or to apply, visit http://www.charlestonlibraryconference.com/fastpitch.
Last year, a small working group met prior to the main conference to discuss future trends and issues affecting the library and information industry. This year, we’re expanding to solicit input from the wider community on trends and issues that you feel will be shaping our industry in the next five years. We’re calling the project ATG Trendspotting, and the goal is to have a community-engaged process for cooperatively and collaboratively exploring social, policy, economic, technology, and educational trends and forecasting the impacts scholarly communication/publishing and academic/research libraries. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon! We’d love to hear from you.
The Conference Directors are trying something different this year for room scheduling for the Concurrent Sessions and Lively Discussions. In the past, we’ve had complaints about the room assignments — sometimes very popular sessions end up in smaller rooms without adequate seating. We’re going to wait until closer to the time of the conference to assign meeting rooms, allowing time for attendees to build their personal agendas using the Sched.com platform. Once we have an idea of attendance, then we’ll make room assignments based on that data. All that to say, PLEASE log in and create a personal agenda once the schedule is posted! We need your input in order to make room assignments that will fit demand. We will be sending out a link to the schedule along with instructions for creating your free account with Sched.com in late August.