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Welcome to the blog for the 2022 Charleston Conference! I look forward to bringing you the news as soon as possible after it happens. In just a week’s time, the conference will be off and running, Online advance registrations are now closed, so if you did not register online, stop in the lobby of the Francis Marion Hotel and pick up your conference badge and other materials. The on-site registration desk will open at 3 PM on Monday October 31. In-person attendees will need to provide proof of full COVID vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours upon check in at the registration desk.

This year’s conference is hybrid (both in-person and virtual options are available), but in a unique arrangement, the virtual conference occurs two weeks after the in-person conference–on November 14-18. All attendees at the in-person conference will have access also to the virtual conference.

So far, about 1,240 attendees have registered for the in-person conference, and 760 are registered for the virtual conference only.

Venues

  • As in previous years, the conference hotel is the Francis Marion Hotel. Note that some sessions will be held on the mezzanine level, and you will find the conference information desk there.
  • Many sessions will be at the Gaillard Center, which is about a 10 to 15 walk from the hotel. Fortunately, the Gaillard Center has a large ballroom that will comfortably accommodate everyone.
  • A few sessions will be at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, which is one block from the Francis Marion Hotel (in the direction of the Gaillard Center).

A shuttle bus service between the venues will be available, and schedules will be available.

Conference Program

The program is hosted by Cadmore Media, and you can view the agenda on its Charleston Conference website. “Once you have set up your account, a wealth of information is available.  One of the most useful features is the ability to view the program at your leisure before the conference, see summaries of the presentations, find the time and place where they will occur, and create a personal agenda. Information on food events is included.

Charleston Attractions

Charleston is a delightful city and one of my favorites.  It is very historic, and its Visitor Center is an excellent resource for visitors.  There are many wonderful seafood restaurants. Be sure to save time to explore the city’s attractions. In the November 2022 issue of Against The Grain, you will find a “Food and Beverage Roundup” by Nicole Amaduri from Springer Nature, one of ATG’s column editors, in which she describes a few of her favorite restaurants.

I’m really looking forward to this conference and meeting as many of you as I can. (It will be the first in-person conference I have attended since the beginning of COVID.)

Enjoy the conference!

Don Hawkins

Donald T. Hawkins is an information industry freelance writer based in Pennsylvania. He is the Editor of Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage, (Information Today, 2013) and Co-Editor of Public Knowledge: Access and Benefits (Information Today, 2016). He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley and has worked in the online information industry for over 50 years.

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