Darrell Gunter won the Whova most active member in the community leaderboard competition and was awarded a stuffed Swamp Fox (named after the restaurant in the Francis Marion). Plus many Kudos to Darrell for his work on the Premiers! We moved them to the Thursday morning timeframe and the packed audience proved that we made an excellent decision. The Charleston Premiers 2023 -5 minute presentations of new products after which the audience voted for best design, most impactful, and best new product. Competing were Reviewer Credits (Sven Fund), BioOne (Christina Orr), EBSCO John McDonald), Chronoshub (Romy Beard), Paratext (Eric Calaluca, BIRD, Base Inventory of Research Databases), Coherent Digital (Policy Commons, Africa Commons (Steven Rhind-Tutt), Technology From Sage (Jessica Clemons), Constellate at JSTOR (Amy Kirchoff), Research Square (BethAnna Dorn), ASME tomorrow with OA (Warren Adams).Quite a group!
Have y’all been watching Charleston Virtual? I just watched the keynote of Professor Martin Paul Eve (principal R&D development at CrossRef) discuss Scenes of Mild Peril , the state of digital preservation across seven million articles. Dr. Eve describes efforts to determine which article-assigned DOIs are adequately preserved and states that there is an alarming preservation deficit. He suggested a number of currently lacking infrastructural mechanisms that need improvement in the state of digital preservation. A very compelling and thought-provoking presentation! Charleston Virtual continues the rest of the week on the Whova Platform and includes all the presentations from the Charleston in person Conference. Whova.com
Have you ever joined a book club? I know that they are popular for many, but as y’all know I am Against the Grain. This article in the Wall Street Journal November 8, 2023 got my attention. Suppose you have book(s) that you want to read, but your book club has chosen another book that doesn’t interest you? Well, there are some against the grainers who have decided to be different and join or start a Silent Book Club or a Not- a- Book- club book club where they read what they want to read individually, socialize before or after the silent reading hour. “I like this kind of thing,” said one participant “where you just read whatever you want to read, but you’re together with other people that like to read.”
When not reading, we are enjoying writing a Charleston Conference memoir and timeline. We are planning a memoir or some sort of publication about the development and history of the Charleston Conference and the hub. We would like to reach out to each of you to send us a snippet, a paragraph, a memory, a story, a remembrance, a speaker or session you remember, or whatever appeals to you! Here is a link to a Google drive form. And please let us know if you have any questions or issues! Thanks much!