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Against the Grain V33#6

Happy New Year!  We hope everyone was able to celebrate with family and friends for the holidays and we all look forward to a day when the pandemic is merely a thing of the past.  As announced in November, this will be the very last print issue of ATG.  But don’t worry, we are not going away.  We will continue to publish, post, and distribute ATG as an eJournal with the same great content that librarians, vendors, and publishers have come to depend on — more topics, increased interviews, additional guest editors, and new opportunities for advertisers.  We’d love to hear from you regarding any issues you would like to see covered in ATG, people you would like to see interviewed, anything at all, really.  Send your comments to <[email protected]>.  We’re listening!

2021 Charleston Conference Wrap-Up

Another year of the Charleston Conference is behind us, but this year’s hybrid event was the first of its kind for us.  Thank you to all the presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and most of all, the attendees!  We were thrilled to see those of you who joined us for the week of November 1-5, whether in person or virtually.  We were joined by around 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.

Recordings of our keynotes and plenary sessions are available either on the agenda at https://2021charlestonconference.pathable.co/agenda for registered conference attendees, along with the archived attendee chats and any accompanying files and polls, or openly available as videos on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CharlestonConference.  Other conference content will be posted on YouTube over the coming months, so subscribe for notifications to stay in the loop.

Our Conference Blogger, Don Hawkins, has written reports on all the happenings from Charleston again this year in his blog Charleston Conference Notes at https://www.charleston-hub.com/category/blogs/chsconfnotes/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 eJournal beginning with the February 2022 issue so keep an eye out for those coming soon!

Congrats to These Award Winners!

Matthew Ismail

The Vicky Speck ABC Clio Leadership Award is given every year to a leader in the Charleston Conference who has made a lasting contribution to the Conference’s mission.  The award has been granted annually since 2006.  The 2021 award went to Matthew Ismail, one of our Conference Directors whose energetic work and innovative additions to the conference have been so appreciated over the years.  Matthew is Editor in Chief of the Charleston Briefings: Trending Topics for Information Professionals and has served in that role since 2016.  He is a frequent contributor to interviews for ATG: The Podcast as well as articles for the Charleston Hub.  He is also a Meditation and Yoga Teacher at Dost Meditation and led two yoga breaks at the 2021 Charleston Conference.

Liz Rhaney

Liz Rhaney, Library Collections and Programming Manager at the Maine College of Art and Design, was the 2021 recipient of the Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Springer Nature.  An excerpt from her award nomination says, “Liz was instrumental in the launch of the Materials Collection space and has been an active, contributing member of the community through participation in important fundraising and diversity efforts (e.g., the Fashion Show and Resilience Week).  Liz also has helped to shape the FYE Common Read program in important ways, both related to selection of texts and programming ideas.  In my opinion, Liz’s biggest accomplishment is her ability to help us reorient what it means to be a library and research support department in 2021.”  Cynthia Graham Hurd, in whose name the scholarship was established, was a librarian for over 31 years in Charleston public and academic libraries.  In June 2016, her life was tragically ended when a lone gunman entered the historic Emanuel AME Church and killed nine people during a prayer meeting.  We were thrilled when Springer Nature approached the Charleston Conference with the idea to start a scholarship in her name in 2016, and we’re thankful that they’ve continued the award each year since then. 

Moderated by Darrell Gunter, President and CEO of Gunter Media Group, the ever-popular Charleston Premiers session features 5-minute previews of new and noteworthy products, platforms, or content.  The contestants selected to participate in 2021 were:

• Cadmore Media

• Ground News

• Lean Library

• OverDrive Academic

• Technology from SAGE

The audience voted on three categories. The winners were:

• Best Design: Ground News

• Most Impactful: Tie between Lean Library and Ground News

• Best New Product: Ground News

2020 Charleston Conference Proceedings

Hooray!  The 2020 Charleston Conference Proceedings, edited by Beth Bernhardt, Leah Hinds, Lars Meyer, and Katina Strauch, have been published and are available open access through the Fulcrum platform at https://www.fulcrum.org/concern/monographs/p5547t67n.

Local(ish) News

The Georgetown County Historical Society received a Growth Grant from South Carolina Humanities for the Georgetown County Oral History Project in partnership with the Georgetown County Digital Library.  Funding for the Growth Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Act of 2021 and the NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) initiative.  Congrats!

Retirement Celebrations and Other Job Transitions

Christine Stamison has announced her retirement from the NERL Consortium after serving over 8 years as Director.

Fiona Godlee has retired as Editor in Chief of the BMJ after 16 years. 

Michelle Kuepper is leaving her role as Head of Communications at Morressier to spend more time with family.

R. David Lankes, previously the Director of the University of South Carolina School of Information Science, has taken a new role as the Virginia & Charles Bowden Professor of Librarianship at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information.

Lars Bjornshauge is stepping down as Managing Director for DOAJ, and Joanna Ball will serve as the new Managing Director.  Lars plans to stay on to help during a transition period. 

• After 14 years, Andrew Pace is moving from Executive Director of Technology Research at OCLC to be Executive Director for the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) beginning February 1, 2022.

Lauren Kane is the new President and CEO of BioOne as of January 1, 2022.  Check out her interview on ATG: The Podcast, with Leah Hinds and Tom Gilson, at https://www.charleston-hub.com/podcast/atgthepodcast-140-interview-with-lauren-kane-incoming-president-ceo-of-bioone/.

Speaking of Podcasts …

Do you listen to podcasts, and if so, what are your favorites?  Do you subscribe to the ATG Podcast?  You should!  New episodes are published weekly on Monday mornings featuring conversations and interviews with thought leaders in the library, publishing, and scholarly communication spheres.  Visit https://www.charleston-hub.com/media/podcasts/, or you can subscribe wherever you get your podcast feeds. 

Hybrid Events Webinar

Did you catch the recent webinar hosted by CISPC and Research Information called “Are Hybrid Events Here to Stay?”  The session was chaired by Warren Clark, managing director, Europa Science, and featured a panel consisting of our own Leah Hinds, Executive Director of the Charleston Hub;  Simon Inger, Co-founder, Cadmore Media;  Ben Kaube, Co-founder, Cassyni;  and Athena Hoeppner, Discovery Services Librarian, University of Central Florida.  You can register to watch the recording here if you missed it: https://event.webcasts.com/viewer/share.jsp?ei=1511532&tp_key=17a202602f.

That’s a wrap!  As always, if you have any “Rumors” you’d like to share send them to us at <[email protected]> for inclusion in our next issue.  


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