The closing session of the Charleston Conference for the last 6 years has been a Poll-a-Palooza conducted by Erin Gallagher, Electronic Resources Librarian, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. This year is a not only the 7th Poll-a-Palooza, but next year’s conference will be the 40th Charleston Conference, so it is sure to be special! (According to the Urban Dictionary, a Palooza is “an all-out crazy party, partying at one place with a ton of people like there’s no tomorrow”.)
It’s everyone’s favorite way to wrap up a rollicking good time in Charleston! It’s an extra-special year, as the End-of-Conference Poll-a-Palooza returns for the SIXTH time. Do you find yourself brimming with pithy questions, fresh opinions, ardent beliefs, and a renewed spark for libraries at the close of the Charleston conference? Erin Gallagher of Poll-a-Palooza renown once again captivated us with her use of Poll Everywhere to create immediate visualizations of answers to questions significant to libraries and content providers alike. Topics varied based on conference sessions, submissions, and Erin’s various whims. We were entertained, engaged, and well fed, all in the spirit of conference camaraderie and general rabble-rousing and left feeling invigorated, merry, and harmoniously connected to your fellow conference-goers.
Here are the major buzzwords from previous conferences:
- 2014: data
- 2015: Open Access
- 2016: access
- 2017: AI, discovery
- 2018: OER
And here are screenshots of Erin’s slides from this year:
Don Hawkins blogs about conferences for Information Today and Against The Grain. He also maintains the Conference Calendar on the Information Today website and is the Editor of Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage, published by Information Today in 2013, and Co-Editor of Public Knowledge: Access and Benefits, published by Information Today in 2016. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked in the information industry for over 45 years.