2023 Charleston Conference

“Let the Good Times Roll!”

In Person: November 6 – 10
Online: November 27 – December 1, all in-person conference content plus exclusive “online only” sessions.

In Person Locations: Charleston Gaillard Center, the Francis Marion Hotel, and the Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Historic District
Downtown Charleston, SC, USA

Registration Rates and Details

2023 Tentative Agenda

Keynote/Plenary Presentations include:

  1. Wednesday, November 8, 9:00 am: Executive Panel: Large Publishing Organizations

Moderated by Roger Schonfeld, Vice President, Organizational Strategy / ITHAKA; Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums / Ithaka S+R 


  • Frank Vrancken Peeters, CEO, Springer Nature
  • Bar Veinstein, President, Academia & Government, Clarivate
  • Judy Verses, President, Academic and Government, Elsevier

The largest publishing organizations in the research sector grapple with some vital issues because of their scale, helping to drive the agenda for others while also being targeted for influence and advocacy on several important issues. In this plenary panel, we bring together executive leaders from some of these largest publishing organizations to discuss a few of the biggest issues facing scholarship and scholarly communication in the decade ahead. We expect to cover topics like trust in science and research integrity; what it means to be a global business in this sector today; and the future of the scholarly record.

2. Thursday, November 9, 9:00 am: James Daunt, CEO, Barnes & Noble

James Daunt is Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest retail bookseller, of stationery and gift retailer Paper Source and of Waterstones, the largest retail bookseller in the United Kingdom. Mr. Daunt currently oversees approximately 600 Barnes & Noble bookstores and 125 Paper Source in the United States and over 300 bookshops across the United Kingdom, Ireland, The Netherlands and Belgium, which include Waterstones, Blackwell’s, Foyles and Hatchards. Mr. Daunt has over 30 years of experience in bookselling. In 1990, after an early career as an investment banker, Mr. Daunt opened his own bookstore in London, called (unimaginatively) Daunt Books. Daunt Books now has nine locations, mainly in London, and remains independently owned by Mr. Daunt.

3. Friday, November 10, 9:00 am: The Long Arm of the Law

Moderated by Ann Okerson, Director, Offline Internet Consortium


  • Kyle K. Courtney, Copyright Advisor, Harvard University
  • Michelle Wu, Georgetown University Law Center

The massive revolution in artificial intelligence has allowed users to produce text, imagery, and other content based solely on natural language prompts.  Inevitably, copyright issues are raised on two sides of the AI question – the AI’s input and AI’s output.  The input question has legal implications that are complex, newly evolving, and it has resulted in litigation, dealing with the methods by which AI systems are “trained” to create literary, visual, and other artistic works: by exposing the program to large amounts of data, which may consist of existing works such as text and images gathered from various sources.  In particular, for the Charleston audience, there are questions about the implications of training AI for our cultural institutions, many of which have a mission to share their collections to support research, aid in the dissemination of knowledge, and promote innovation.  Join this wide-ranging conversation on AI, copyright, transformative fair use, and particularly the role of libraries in this new and exciting space.

4. Date/Time TBD: Virtual Week Keynote Speaker Martin Paul Eve (Principal R&D developer at Crossref and the Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at the University of London’s Birkbeck College)

“Contains scenes of mild peril”: the state of digital preservation across seven million articles

Digital preservation underpins the persistence of scholarly links and citations through the DOI system. But we do not currently know, at scale, the extent to which articles assigned a DOI are adequately preserved. In this talk, I describe our efforts to construct a database of preservation information from original archival sources and then to examine the preservation statuses of 7,438,037 DOIs in a random sample.

Our work reveals an alarming preservation deficit. Only 0.96% of Crossref members (n=204) can be confirmed to digitally preserve over 75% of their content in 3 or more of the archives that we studied. A slightly larger proportion – 8.5% (n=1,797) – preserved over 50% of their content in 2 or more archives. Many members – 57.7% (n=12,257) – though, only met the threshold of having 25% of their material in a single archive. Most worryingly, 32.9% (n=6,982) of Crossref members seem not to have any adequate digital preservation in place, against the recommendations of the Digital Preservation Coalition.

In light of these findings, I suggest a number of currently lacking infrastructural mechanisms that we need to improve the state of digital preservation. If we want the digital scholarly record to persist beyond the twenty-first century, we are still quite some way from guaranteeing this.


Registration Deadlines:

  • July 12 – Extra Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • September 15 – Volunteer Discount Deadline
  • September 22 – Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • October 27 – Regular Registration Deadline (online registration closes for in-person)
  • November 6 – 10 – On Site In-Person Registration Period 
  • Virtual Conference registration still available through the week of the event.

In-Person Conference Dates:

  • November 6: Vendor Showcase booth set-up, Registration check-in opens
  • November 7: Charleston Vendor Showcase (One Day Only!) and Preconference seminars/workshops
  • November 8 – 10: Main Conference Sessions

Keep an eye out for more details coming soon!


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