WILL THE 2021 CONFERENCE TAKE PLACE IN PERSON/IN CHARLESTON?

The 2021 Charleston Conference will be a hybrid event, with opportunities to attend, present, and exhibit both in-person/in Charleston and online/virutally. There are registration options for both, and more information is available on the “Registration Rates and Info” page. Registration opens on June 21!

A message from Leah Hinds and Beth Bernhardt on plans for the 2021 Charleston Conference

ARE COVID-19 VACCINATIONS REQUIRED TO ATTEND?

Attendees will need to provide proof of full vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours upon check in at the registration desk. Conference badges will not be issued without providing the materials outlined below.

A message from Leah Hinds and Beth Bernhardt about updated requirements.

WHAT TYPE OF PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION WILL YOU REQUIRE?

Proof of full vaccination can be in the form of paper vaccination card, printed photocopy of vaccination card, or photo of vaccination card on a mobile device. The vaccination card must show 14 days have passed since final dose of vaccine. Patrons should also bring a photo ID.

WHAT TESTS ARE ELIGIBLE AS PROOF OF A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST

Only a PCR test or a rapid test taken within 72 hours will be accepted as proof of a negative COVID-19 test. An at-home COVID-19 test will not be accepted. Proof of antibodies from a doctor, which shows duration of time antibodies are present, will also be accepted.

DO YOU HAVE OTHER COVID POLICIES IN PLACE?

The conference will continue to monitor the situation closely, and will be following all venue policies for the Gaillard Center and the Francis Marion Hotel.

Face masks are required while indoors for all in-person conference sessions and events regardless of vaccine status. In addition, there will be plexiglass protective desk shields at registration desk check-in and information desk areas, and refreshments will be served by catering staff with masks and gloves. Hand sanitizer stations will be provided throughout the facilities, and rigorous cleaning and sanitizing procedures will be followed by venue staff. These recommendations are subject to change as we receive new guidance from our event venues, local mandates, and CDC guidelines.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE MY CONFERENCE BADGE?

Come by either the Registration Check-In Desk at the Francis Marion Hotel or the Information Desk at the Gaillard Center to get a replacement badge. Your proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results will need to be checked again prior to receiving a replacement.

I HAVE THINGS TO SAY! HOW CAN I BECOME A PRESENTER?

Submit your proposal through our Call for Papers form when it opens in April. The proposal deadline is in mid-July, check our timeline for details. The conference planning committee will review all proposals and will send out decisions by the end of August.

WHAT TYPES OF SESSIONS WILL THERE BE?

At Charleston, we like making things fun and exciting. One way we do that is by having several different session formats to shake things up a bit.

I’M A PUBLISHER/VENDOR/CONSULTANT. HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

The conference is designed to put librarians, publishers, and vendors together to discuss issues of importance to us all. Everyone is welcome to participate in conference sessions, but we do ask that multiple viewpoints be represented and do not allow solo presentations from any one company. This is to ensure that conference sessions remain informational in nature and not promotional in any way. For promotional opportunities, see:

HELP! I’M A FIRST TIME ATTENDEE!

Contact one of our Conference Mentors with questions. We look forward to meeting you!

DO YOU HAVE FUTURE CONFERENCE DATES PLANNED?

The 2021 conference will be held November 1 – 5. Future dates through 2025 are on the books.

PRECONFERENCES:

Virtual: Scheduled throughout the month of October.

In-Person: November 1 – 2

VENDOR SHOWCASE:

Virtual Exhibits: November 1 – 5 on Pathable

In Person Showcase: Tuesday, November 2

MAIN CONFERENCE:

NOVEMBER 3 – 5

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