Thank you to all of the presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and most of all, the attendees of the 2021 Charleston Conference Hybrid Event! We were thrilled to see those of you who joined us, whether in person or virtually. We were joined by almost 3,000 attendees from 32 countries across 5 continents, including 107 exhibitors and 821 first time attendees. Attendance was roughly 17% in person and 83% virtual. Attendee types were 60% librarians, 17% vendors, 13% publishers, 8% others, 1% consultants, and 1% students. A few highlights and post-conference notes below!
Keynotes and Plenary Sessions
Recordings of our keynotes and plenary sessions are available either on the agenda for registered conference attendees, along with the archived attendee chats and any accompanying files and polls, or openly available on our YouTube channel. Links are provided below.
- Opening Keynote: How to Think Like a Civilization (Paul Saffo, Stanford University)
- On YouTube at https://youtu.be/iPin-yntMAY
- Keynote: Think Different (Joy Connolly, American Council of Learned Societies)
- On YouTube at https://youtu.be/wYd2vO6wVEM
- The Long Arm of the Law (Ann Okerson, CRL; Lila Bailey, Internet Archive; Kevin L. Smith, University of Kansas)
- On YouTube at https://youtu.be/90YaKo4dbhg
- Closing Session and Poll-a-Palooza (Sandy Avila, University of Central Florida; Athena Hoeppner, University of Central Florida)
Other Session Recordings
All conference content will be available on the Pathable platform for one year. Conference session recordings are available through the Conference Agenda, but you must be logged in as a registered attendee to access the videos and other content. You can use the “Search” function to search by title or keyword, or sort by date, session type, location, and more. Recordings will be moved to our YouTube channel to be made openly available over the next 3-4 months.
- Neapolitan Sessions
- Lively Discussions
- Concurrent Sessions
- Stopwatch Sessions
- Innovation Sessions
- Poster Sessions
Thank You to our Exhibitors and Sponsors!
- The Virtual Vendor Showcase Booths are still available for browsing! You can access lots of informative materials and videos, as well as click “Leave Your Card” to ask further questions and connect with a vendor representative.
- These 20-minute Vendor Info Sessions were a great way to learn about new offerings and services. Recordings are available for all sessions.
- Vendor Focus Groups were also available to gather feedback and input from librarians.
- A special thank you to all of our Conference Sponsors, listed below! Sponsor support makes the conference as we all know and love it to be possible.
Conference Blog and Reporting
- Our Conference Blogger, Don Hawkins, has written reports on all the happenings from Charleston again this year in his blog Charleston Conference Notes.
- Against the Grain’s “And They Were There” reports, organized by Ramune Kubilius (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Library), will be published in the journal beginning with the February 2022 issue.
Save the date for October 31 – November 4, 2022, and keep an eye out for announcements to come!