Conference Philosophy and Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct applies to all Charleston Conference/Charleston Hub in-person and virtual events. We hope that this will help meet our goal of making all of our attendees feel welcome, valued, and comfortable.

Code of Conduct

The Charleston Library Conference is an inclusive, professional conference. We respect free speech and invite diverse perspectives and opinions. All participants are expected to treat others with respect and consideration, keeping the conference environment free of discrimination or harassment, maintaining professional and ethical conduct at all times. Please contact Leah Hinds, Executive Director, ( if you have any concerns or feel that this code has been violated. Thank you for your cooperation.

Conference Philosophy

Rooted in the tradition of giving the “underdogs” a chance to have a level playing field with the “big dogs,” the Charleston Library Conference continues to place an emphasis on inviting diverse viewpoints, giving a platform to new voices, and equally valuing the input from all sides of the information and scholarly communications industry.

The Conference was founded in 1980 by Katina Strauch for the purpose of bringing together librarians, publishers, and vendors to discuss issues of importance to them all. At the time, Strauch was a newly hired librarian at the College of Charleston and had no travel budget to attend conferences or meet with the big names in the publishing world. Since she couldn’t go to them, she invited a group of around 25 thought leaders to come to Charleston instead.

The tradition continues each year in beautiful downtown Charleston, SC, with a collegial gathering of individuals from different areas who discuss issues in a non-threatening, friendly, and highly informal environment. From the librarian of a small library to the CEO of a major corporation, they all stand and make their voices heard.


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