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Against the Grain Vol. 33#5

BIG NEWS!  Against the Grain will be moving to an all-digital publication beginning with the February 2022 issue, Volume 34 #1.  We’re excited about the new features and functionalities this will bring to improve the publication and bring us fully into the digital era.  In addition to making it easier to find and read content online, we have added IP-based access for institutional subscriptions, and we’re working on bringing improved advertising and sponsored content options for our friends in the publishing and information industries to meaningfully connect with our librarian audience.  Look for more news to come with a full press release soon!

Social Media

Do you follow the Charleston Hub on our various social media accounts?  Christy Anderson, our Director of Marketing and Communications, who is also the Marketing/Administrative Assistant, Kimbel Library at Coastal Carolina University, is doing an amazing job of growing our involvement and engagement.  Stay up to date with the latest announcements and news on your favorite platform of choice: 

•  Facebook:  @CharlestonHub

•  Twitter:  @chsconf

•  LinkedIn:  Charleston-hub

•  Instagram:  @charlestonhub

•  Tag Us!  #chsconf2021

Celebrating Anniversaries, Awards, and New Jobs/Roles:

Congratulations to Marjorie Hlava for 43 years at Access Innovations!  She has served as President and Chairman since 1978.  An expert in taxonomies, metadata, and data science, Margie is a pioneer in databases and search.  Margie’s work has been acknowledged through numerous awards, including ASIS&T’s Watson Davis award, the SLA John Cotton Dana and SLA President’s Award, recognition as an SLA Fellow, and as an Albuquerque Business First Woman of Influence for Technology.

Danielle Cooper has been named Associate Director, Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums, at ITHAKA S+R. Danielle oversees a team exploring how information practices are evolving in higher education and cultural organizations.  Her team specializes in creating large-scale cohort-based projects and working with underrepresented and under-resourced academic communities, including Indigenous Studies scholars, community colleges, and currently incarcerated learners.

Members of the Special Libraries Association have elected Seema Rampersad, a senior business researcher and service manager at the British Library, to serve as president of SLA in 2023.  https://www.sla.org/about-sla/media-room/press-releases/sla-members-elect-u-k-librarian-as-2023-president/

Arianna Pearsall, formerly Sales Director and our primary contact for several years at the Francis Marion Hotel, has moved to a new position as Program Operations Manager at Destination South Meetings + Events.  We’ll miss working with Arianna as we plan for the next Charleston Conference, but we wish her the best of luck with her new endeavors and hope to cross paths again!

Congratulations to Lauren Kane on being announced as the next President/CEO of BioOne, beginning January 1, 2022.  She succeeds Susan Skomal, who has announced her retirement after 16 years at BioOne’s helm.  http://www.bioonepublishing.org/news/kane-president/

The incredible Ann Okerson received a well-deserved award from IFLA!  Here’s a quote and a photo from Ann:  “Incredibly honored to receive the IFLA – International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Scroll of Appreciation for Distinguished Contributions to IFLA’s Governing Board and committees & also commitment to increasing understanding of the global context in areas of library collections.  (Here’s a photo from the Moscow August 1991 IFLA World Library Congress, which was cancelled on the day it began, because of the historic coup d’état attempt that changed history.  IFLA was there!  With former colleague Barbara Von Wahlde, then Director of the SUNY-Buffalo Library.)”

Charleston Conference News and Related Events

Camille Gamboa, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Director at SAGE Publishing, writes to tell us that she’ll be attending the Charleston Conference virtually this year.  “With my virtual registration, I’m really getting three for the price of one as these two little ones will be enjoying from time-to-time as virtual attendees as well!!”  Thanks for sending the picture of your adorable young conference attendees, Camille! 

Darrell Gunter, President and CEO of Gunter Media Group, will be moderating and hosting both the Innovation Sessions and the Charleston Premiers this year!  We’re excited to have this professional and knowledgeable host on board for these two important events — these are two key events designed for conference attendees to find out about the newest, most innovative project and products in the industry.  Check out the conference agenda for more details!  https://2021charlestonconference.pathable.co/

The Fiesole Retreat hosted a reunion and Zoom catch up on October 7, including a virtual toast from the beautiful home of the Casalini family in Florence.  The 2022 Retreat is scheduled for April 5-7 to be hosted by the National Library of Greece in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center of Athens.  More details at https://www.casalini.it/retreat/.

We’re looking forward to the return of our in-person exhibits at the 2021 Charleston Vendor Showcase!  We currently have 100 booths ready to visit with conference attendees either virtually or in-person.  To see some of the plans from participating exhibitors, check out our Charleston Conference Vendor Showcase Round Up https://www.charleston-hub.com/2021/09/2021-charleston-vendor-showcase-round-up/!

Sharna Williams and Shirley Davidson

Sharna Williams and Shirley Davidson are hard at work, doing conference preparations behind the scenes!

Last, but not least, if you’re a first-time visitor to the Charleston area who plans to attend the conference this year, we have a series of four guest posts on fun, touristy things to see and do in Charleston written by Traci Magnus, realtor for Dunes Properties, Charleston, SC.  Check out her ideas on downtown day tripping, rainy day activities in Charleston, southern food you need to try, and visiting historic Fort Sumter.  https://bit.ly/CHS-Guest-Posts

That’s it for this go-round.  Do you have any Rumors you’d like to share?  If so, send them to us at <[email protected]>!  

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