Join the Charleston Conference and Gale, part of Cengage Group, for the free webinar “Turn Ideas into Impact: Elevating Student Research through Digital Humanities” on Wednesday, June 12, at 11 AM ET. Leading the session will be Chris Houghton, Head of Academic Partnerships at Gale, and Dr. Sarah Ketchley, University of Washington Lecturer and Sr. Digital Humanities Specialist at Gale. More information can be found HERE.


Experimenting and Implementing Evidence-Based Selection Options for eBook Investment

eBooks: More Than a Book

2022 Charleston In Between

Roundtable: Library Discovery and Access in the Post-COVID Hybrid World

The Art of Open Web Curation: Tools all Librarians Can Use

Gary Price, better known as the creator of INFOdocket and ARL’s Day-in-Review, and now INFOdj, has a well-deserved reputation for finding the timely ‘info gems’ of the open web and sharing them with communities across scholarly communications. But how does he do it? Can we get a peek behind the curtain, and see how Gary systematizes the identification, distillation, sharing and archiving of these open resources that can be so valuable to students, professors or communities of interest on the campus or beyond? Gary’s fellow INFOdj, Curtis Michelson, will facilitate a fast-paced and fun session which provokes Mr. Price to ‘give up his secrets’ and tell all!

When Everything is a Priority: Setting and supporting achievable library publishing goals

If you had to sum up the experience of running a library publishing program in a six-word story, it would probably go something like this: “Library publishing initiatives expand — team doesn’t.” For most library publishers, there is no shortage of possible projects to take on — from journal launches to metadata enrichment efforts. But trying to figure out how to start new initiatives while maintaining existing ones with limited resources is often a recurring theme.

“Future Thinking” about Controlled Digital Lending: ASERL’s CDL Resource Guide

Controlled Digital Lending (CDL),  which enables a library to circulate a digitized title in place of a physical one in a controlled manner, is an idea that has been kicking around libraries since at least 2011. CDL became more important during 2020 as libraries closed due to the pandemic, allowing libraries to digitize print books and lend the digital version to their remote patrons.

ASERL facilitated discussions with their members around CDL, which resulted in a small group of ASERL member librarians drafting guidance for thinking through CDL, since it’s not a risk-free option. Future Thinking: ASERL’s Resource Guide to Controlled Digital Lending for Research Libraries was created and distributed in spring 2021 to meet that need. It is designed to be a bridge between the legal rationales for CDL and the hands-on, how-to-make-this-work discussions of the CDL-Implementers group and The CIRC Project.  It highlights the importance of Fair Use principles, assessing the institution’s risk tolerance, and introductory information about available technologies.  It is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License at http://www.aserl.org/


Higher Education in the 21st Century: The View from Cambridge University Press

As higher education is under ever more pressure to prove its worth to society, how can libraries increase the chances of positive student outcomes and greater research output from their institutions? Cambridge University Press feels digital access to textbooks, in collections of great content combined with vital supplementary materials for teaching and learning, is the way forward. In this session, you’ll discover the vision behind the creation of the Higher Education from Cambridge University Press website, how it has been designed for ease of use in teaching and learning, and what developments lie ahead.


Open Web Tools 2021

Curtis Michelson and Gary Price would like to share a variety of new “open web” resources as well as update some of the resources they shared in the 2018 and 2019 editions of this Charleston Conference session. Attendees will leave with a list of resources to demo on their own and share with colleagues.

Organizing for OA: New Business Models for Collective Action

As open access has gained momentum and discussions surrounding open research have accelerated in the wake of the pandemic, conversations about business models have become more nuanced and complex. Much of the focus on cost versus value over the course of the last 20 years has been on the resources that consume the largest portion of collections budgets: STEM journals from large commercial publishers that are packaged in big deals. New models for OA academic books have emerged, offering a diversity of approaches at a small scale. Crowdsourcing models, like Knowledge Unlatched, have been supported on the library side. TOME (Towards and Open Monographs Ecosystem) has helped authors in the humanities and social sciences find pathways to publish their first books open access at participating university presses. Presses and libraries have also created funds, from collections budgets or OA fundraising, to support expanded OA publishing. So far, none of these models comprehensively solves the central problem for the monograph: that market-based models no longer support their publication, while studies continue to show that the long-form book remains at the center of scholarship in many disciplines. Subscribe to Open (S2O) has emerged as an alternate pathway for OA journals that does not rely on transformative agreements or APCs, but what could collective action for OA monographs look like? How could university presses, in particular, come together with libraries to identify and pursue ways to truly support mission driven publishing for valuable scholarship that works around a standard market driven model? Is this time of crisis the moment for collaboration to propel change?

Going Deeper:  AI, Knowledge Graphs and Scholarly Research

A Follow-Up Interview with Yewno’s COO Ruth Pickering. Artificial Intelligence or “AI”, is a broad field encompassing a range of applications for multitudes of disciplines and industries.  Earlier this year, the Charleston Library Conference addressed the topic of AI in Scholarly Research with leading AI provider Yewno, in a  three part webinar series.  We covered a wide variety of subjects including various definitions of AI, the place of AI in the Library, AI for scholarly publishing, and the democratization of information access.

This final webcast will cover some highlights from the AI in Scholarly Research series, go deeper on the subject of Knowledge Graphs, and answer some of the outstanding questions that our past participants have posed.

Extending the reach and discovery of Quality OA journals through world-wide community engagement in their curation

The mission of the Directory of Open Access Journals is “to increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals globally, regardless of discipline, geography or language. [www.doaj.org/about#aimscope].” To achieve an important part of that mission DOAJ engages more than 20 “DOAJ Ambassadors” and almost one hundred volunteer editors carefully chosen from researchers, educators, and librarians around the world. This session will describe how this process of selecting and managing these volunteers is carried out at DOAJ. Attendees will learn what criteria are applied to accept peer-reviewed Open Access journals into DOAJ, as well as the additional criteria by which a journal can obtain the “DOAJ Seal.” Since alignment with the interests of libraries and universities is one of the core principles for DOAJ, seeing how DOAJ reaches out, recruits, and manages volunteers from the academic community reveals one of the ways in which alignment of DOAJ with the interests of libraries is carried out in practice.

Artificial Intelligence in Scholarly Research, Part 3
AI in the Academic Publishing Ecosystem

Join us for a conversation between Ruth Pickering, Co-Founder and COO at Yewno, and James W. Weis, a researcher in the MIT Media Lab, the founder and lead of the MIT Network Intelligence Program, and a doctoral candidate in the MIT Computational and Systems Biology program, on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) in the academic publishing ecosystem.

Artificial Intelligence in Scholarly Research, Part 2
AI in the Research Library Environment

Join us for a conversation between Ruth Pickering, Co-Founder and COO at Yewno, and Michael Keller, University Librarian & Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University, on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) in the research library environment.

Artificial Intelligence in Scholarly Research: Part 1
Artificial Intelligence versus Intelligent Augmentation

Join us for a conversation between Ruth Pickering, Co-Founder and COO at Yewno, and Daniel Hook, CEO of Digital Science, on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) versus intelligent augmentation (IA) in scholarly publishing.

Cambridge Journals Digital Archive, from 1770 to 2018: Learn why and how this vital resource came to be, and how relevant its content remains
Sponsored by Cambridge University Press

With over 1.2 million articles in over 450 journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, the Cambridge Journals Digital Archive has long been a trusted resource for thousands of libraries worldwide. Why and how was this collection put together? What purpose does the publisher serve in digitizing, curating, and maintaining periodical content dating back centuries? Listen to journal publishers discuss how the availability of archival content impacts current research, and how that content remains highly relevant today.

Here Comes The Data
Offered jointly with the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)

Scholarly publications are becoming just as valued for their data as for their conclusions–data that must be curated and corroborated by processes very new to peer review and publication workflows. These challenges bring new opportunities and new costs to the scholarly publishing ecosystem. Join us for a discussion of changing roles and expectations in the Data Publication Epoch. What new outcomes do funders expect from publishers as they increase their influence in publishing? How are libraries preparing authors to make their research data available? How are publishers and repositories managing the changes to the publishing workflow?

Stephanie Kaceli, Library Director at Cairn University, will share Cairn’s involvement and testing with Innovative’s new library platform, Inspire Discovery. Then Martha Rice Sanders, Senior Consultant at Innovative, will dig into the choice to use BIBFRAME instead of MARC data to drive Inspire and what that means for libraries in the future. Sponsored by Innovative.

Opportunities and challenges in disseminating pre-published research

Researchers often spend years gathering initial data, discussing their observations, and presenting preliminary findings at conferences before eventually sharing their work in a journal article. This entire process takes place offline, hidden within the walls of universities or conference halls. Without knowing what’s happening in research right now due to long publishing processes, researchers may be unaware they’re working on the same topics as others or using outdated findings as the foundation of their research, dramatically slowing down progress in science. What’s more, the early-stage research that is shared is often communicated in a convoluted and poorly-designed format, reducing the impact and accessibility of important findings.

This webinar focuses on the hurdles and opportunities in the early-stage research environment. Discover the tools that can promote the dissemination of grey literature and learn how you can support researchers in improving the format and design of their conference posters. Sami Benchekroun, Managing Director of Morressier, Mike Morisson, UX designer and work psychology researcher, and Jaap van Netten, human movement scientist, will be on board to answer your questions and shine a light on a traditionally underserved area of research.

Digitising Drama: The Story of the Online Platform, Cambridge Shakespeare

Join Emily Hockley (Commissioning Editor) and Rachel Brook (Marketing Executive) for a discussion of the conception and development of the digital platform, Cambridge Shakespeare. Emily and Rachel will discuss how the product was conceived and brought to fruition, as well as the challenges and opportunities such a major digital enterprise presents. Sponsored by Cambridge University Press.

Born Accessible: How to Make Publications Accessible From the Start

Few books and journals are published in a properly accessible form. For most people with print disabilities, special versions of those books and journal articles need to be created, often at great effort and expense by the Disability Services Offices at educational institutions or other post-publication service providers.

This is especially regrettable because modern standards of accessibility employ file formats and standards that publishers and their partners already use routinely–primarily EPUB and HTML, along with Web Accessibility standards like WCAG and ARIA. Today, standard editorial and production workflows already provide files that meet many accessibility requirements and can incorporate features often omitted, such as the creation of proper image descriptions.

In this webinar, Bill Kasdorf will provide an overview of today’s accessibility standards as well as widely available tools and services that make it easier for publishers to make their publications born accessible. Then Jon McGlone and Jillian Downey from Michigan Publishing will describe how the University of Michigan Press has incorporated accessibility into the systems and workflows used to produce and disseminate scholarly books. They will discuss the technical issues that needed to be addressed, the solutions they’ve employed, and the workflow and cultural changes involved, providing a real-world example of a scholarly press working to get accessibility right from the start.

Sustainable Publishing for Digital Scholarship in the Humanities
Sponsored by Michigan Publishing

Scholarly authors are increasingly using digital tools. They want to produce enhanced ebooks and interactive scholarly works, but these tend not to fit into existing publisher and librarian workflows. Fulcrum is a platform developed at the University of Michigan which supports authors who want to push the boundaries of the book. The University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) includes an increasing number of enhanced titles and takes full advantage of the rich features on the Fulcrum platform. Thanks to the support of purchasing libraries, UMP EBC is able to sustain the publication of new forms of scholarship, including open access titles, and sustain the open source, community-based scholarly infrastructure. In this webinar attendees will learn about this new form of scholarship, including how it is being sustained by the community via UMP EBC and Fulcrum, and walk away inspired to sustain this burgeoning community.

AI in Scholarly Research

Recent research has shown that 50% of search is ‘known item’ and 50% is discovery – where the researcher is looking for a topic or concept. Today the enormously varied document metadata provided by content owners means that traditional search results fail to surface a huge amount of highly valuable content. AI enables full text discovery, where the entire text has been indexed and researchers can not only find what they’re looking for but also be directed to the exact section of the document. This webinar will explain the principles of ‘keyword’ vs ‘concept based’ searching and how these differ along with looking at a range of use cases and how far the technology has been adopted. Please join Haris Dindo, Yewno’s Chief Data Scientist along with Ruth Pickering and Jason Chabak who would be delighted to answer any questions you have on this subject.

Content Has Its Own Tale. The Story of the Cambridge History of the Civil War.
Sponsored by Cambridge University Press

Join Debbie Gershenowitz (Senior Editor, Cambridge University Press) and Aaron Sheehan-Dean (History Department Chair, LSU) for a discussion on the conception of the Cambridge History of the Civil War, a new 3 volume set from Cambridge University Press. Debbie and Aaron will discuss how the project was kicked off and what goes into the creation of a comprehensive and rich history set.

Audiobook Trends: Growing Role in Higher Education Curriculum

Sponsored by Recorded Books. Audiobooks are exploding in popularity. According to the Association of American Publishers, digital audiobooks are the fastest growing publishing format for the sixth year in a row―and college-age readers are a significant driver of that growth. Read more and register.

Teach the Teachers: Instilling Instructional Design Principles in Faculty

Sponsored by Credo. Faculty are experts in their fields, but often lack awareness of key information literacy strategies that may be affecting the way they structure curricula and design assignments. Librarians at Sacred Heart University addressed this gap by hosting a Library Institute, where they presented professors with basic instructional design principles to incorporate into their work. The response was overwhelmingly positive, establishing the librarians as a trusted source for educational design knowledge, advice, and assistance.

Wednesday, July 17, 2:00 pm Eastern
Fast Pitch Bootcamp

Hear more about the Charleston Fast Pitch Competition from the perspective of previous pitch winners, our coach that helps finalists prepare for the competition, and one of the judges. The call for participation is open to all who are in the process of developing new, innovative, and implementable ideas to improve their academic libraries or related organizations. The intent of the competition is to showcase innovation in information management and to award the most deserving examples of innovation. There will be two awards of $2,500 each for winning proposals from U.S.-based tax exempt non-profit organization. Find out more at https://charlestonlibraryconference.com/fastpitch/.

Sponsored by Ex Libris. This session will look at recent developments to infuse Artificial Intelligence into library services, enable smart decision making, and provide comprehensive discovery tools that are affecting real change in librarianship today. It will include an overview of these concepts as well as share interesting examples being used in libraries across the world.

New Models of Scholarly Communication: Libraries Shaping Publishing in the New Era

In collaboration with the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). With presentations from Sarah Lippincott, Maria Bonn, and John Willinsky. Through their interactions with researchers and consumers, librarians are shaping and driving change in publishing and scholarly communication. Like pebbles in a pond, their actions create ripples far beyond their individual institutions. In this webinar, a panel of speakers will highlight ways in which libraries are increasingly taking the lead in the production, curation, discovery, and aggregation of content and its dissemination.

Hacking The Library: A Preview of a Charleston 2019 Offering

Presenters: Curtis Michelson, Minds Alert, LLC; Caroline Muglia, University of Southern California; Heather Staines, Hypothes.is; and Geoff Timms, College of Charleston. Hosted by Leah Hinds, Charleston Library Conference.

Behind the Curtain: Cambridge Histories, Cambridge Companions, and Cambridge Elements

Presented by Debbie Gershenowitz, Senior Editor, American & Latin American History & Politics, and Sara Doskow, Editor, Political Science and Sociology, Cambridge University Press

Accessibility & Publishing

Presented by:

  • Susan Doerr, Assistant Director, Digital Publishing and Operations Director, University of Minnesota Press
  • Stephane Rosen, Accessibility Specialist, University of Michigan Library
  • Emma Waecker, Senior Product Manager for eBooks, EBSCO Information Services.

Moderated by: Matthew Ismail, Editor in Chief, Charleston Briefings; Director of Collection Development, Central Michigan University

What are publishers, vendors, and libraries doing to make publications accessible—to readers with print disabilities and to readers facing other barriers to access? This panel will address this question from various perspectives to give audience members a sense of the accessibility and publishing landscape today, and a look at promising practices that may change that landscape in the near future.

Hyde Park Debate – Resolved: All scholarship must be made available for reading and reuse.

  • Moderator: Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, Marriott Library, University of Utah
  • In Favor: Brandon Butler, Director of Information Policy, University of Virginia Library
  • Opposed: Angela Cochran, Associate Publisher, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The debate will be conducted in general accordance with Oxford Union rules. All in the audience will vote their opinion on the resolution before the debate begins, and the vote totals will be recorded. Each speaker will offer a formal opening statement, followed by a response to each other’s statements, and then we’ll open the floor to discussion. At the conclusion of the debate, another vote will be taken. The winner of the debate is the one who caused the most audience members to change their votes. Members of the audience have an opportunity to make comments and pose questions as well.

Instruction Tools for the Busy Librarian
Presented by Amanda DiFeterici, Senior Product Manager, Credo Reference, and Emily Metcalf, Instruction Services Librarian, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Regardless of the type (community college, four-year, research institution, etc.) or size of your institution, information literacy is a critical skill your students must develop to be successful in the modern world. The basics of research—initial exploration of a topic, understanding key concepts, and narrowing a topic—are skills that first and second year students often lack. They are also among the most challenging to teach students, as librarians often have to impart the conceptual underpinnings of inquiry and exploration while simultaneously teaching students the mechanics of using search tools and databases. Teaching conceptual understanding and technical skills together provides a rich authentic experience for students, as concepts and practice are married together rather than learned in isolation.

All there is to know about Evidenced Based Acquisition
Presented by Stephanie Kaelin and Don Gallagher, Cambridge University Press.

Evidence Based Acquisition launched at Cambridge University Press almost 5 years ago. This webinar will present an overview of the model, provide a ‘big picture’ view of the program to date, and share lessons learned. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the model for libraries? For publishers? What kinds of data are necessary to support a data-driven model and ROI analyses? READ MORE

ATG Special Issue on Health Sciences Panel Discussion

Presentations from three of our featured article authors for a discussion of the upcoming September issue of Against the Grain:

  • The (Not So) Accidental Ontologist and other Tales of Alternative Librarianship: David Bender, Librarian from Radiological Society of North America

  • Hitting our Stride: Reflections Four Years Later from a Born-Digital Medical Library: Elizabeth Lorbeer, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.
  • One Health:  Connecting the Dots: Pamela Rose, Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo

Charleston Vendor Information Webcast: Cambridge Core Online Textbooks

Join us for a profile of the new HTML textbooks solution for institutions available via Cambridge Core. Hosted by Leah Hinds, Charleston Library Conference. Presented by Pamela S. Cooper, Head of Higher Education Sales, Americas, and Stephanie Kaelin, Library Sales Manager, Americas for Cambridge University Press.

ATG Trendspotting

Building last year’s FuturesLab, the Charleston Conference invites broad participation in our new ATG Trendspotting Initiative, a community-engaged process for cooperatively and collaboratively exploring social, policy, economic, technology, and educational trends and forecasting the impacts of these trends on scholarly communication, publishing, and academic libraries.

Reading in a Digital Age

Presented by David Durant, East Carolina University, and Tony Horava, University of Ottawa

With the advent of the internet, technology has consistently introduced into the educational landscape new and rapidly-evolving electronic gadgets which have significantly shifted reader-focus from the traditional materials in print to e-texts.David Durant, in his recent book entitled “Reading in a Digital Age“, posits that, while features like ready-access, ubiquity, convenience and speed are positive advancements, one should consider the reductive consequences of digital reading on students’ skills-acquisition, mental and social connectivity and literacy levels in general. He and Tony Horava will also discuss the transformation of the reading experience; some characteristics of older vs newer forms of reading; the material aspects of reading, and critical reading issues.

Library as Publisher: New Models of Scholarly Communication for a New Era

Presented by Sarah Lippincott, Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Consultant, and Isaac Gilman, Dean of University Libraries at Pacific University (Oregon), and founder and Director of the Pacific University Press.

Meeting the Modern Marketing Challenge in Libraries

In today’s libraries, marketing is everyone’s job. Yet, many librarians don’t know what modern marketing is and the preconditions for marketing success. During this year’s Charleston Conference, Charleston Briefing author Jill Stover Heinze convened a lively discussion about these topics in her new book, Library Marketing: From Passion to Practice. The session made clear that many of us share deep concerns and unresolved questions about what adopting modern marketing means in a library context.

This webinar will extend the Conference conversation, sharing an overview of the Briefing’s main themes, and revisiting the topics and ideas that were most pressing for session attendees, including:

    • Understanding how marketing, strategic planning, communications, and assessment relate to one another and what that means for how library staff should think about their roles
    • Why focusing only on ‘telling our story’ misses the mark, and doesn’t guarantee patrons will listen
  • What segmentation is and how you can efficiently reach patrons in new ways by innovating how you approach your user base.

Jill will be joined by Northern Kentucky University’s Dean of the Library, Arne Almquist.  Arne successfully implemented a marketing orientation at Steely Library by modifying its organizational structure to better accommodate marketing as a circular, holistic communication process. Arne will share what has worked and what merits further refinement as his library put these marketing principles into practice.

Crunch Time: Frameworks to Assess and Improve End of Year Spending

We all know that stress is a bad condition for decision-making. How can we counteract stress in year-end collections spending? In this presentation, the authors will provide an overview of their assessment framework, discussion of their findings, and recommendations based on the assessment process. Discussing how Return On Investment (ROI) can be assessed, the presentation will focus on strategies for approaching year-end spending methodically and successfully.


This session will address the concept of misinformation – what it is, when it occurs, and how what is misinformation in one context may be good information in another. I will present the status of information as context-dependent, leading to the importance of considering context with sensitivity, empathy, and a critical eye. This session is distinct because it attempts to stretch misinformation from a black and white concept to a larger spectrum. We will briefly examine evidence of the ways information systems exacerbate issues of misinformation.

Tips and Tricks for Attending the Conference

Are you a first-time conference attendee, or maybe you haven’t been in a few years and you’re wondering what’s new? Or do you just want the inside scoop on all the best tips and tricks for Charleston? Join us for a live, interactive webinar to learn all the tricks of the trade for attending the Charleston Library Conference.

Charleston Conference Hyde Park Debate
Resolved: The journal impact factor does more harm than good.

  • Moderated by Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, University of Utah
  • In Favor: Sara Rouhi, Director of Business Development, North America, at Altmetric
  • Against: Ann Beynon, Manager, Solution Specialists, North America, at Clarivate Analytics


Share This