Past Conference Themes

The Charleston Conference has a theme each year, usually taken from a literary or musical source. We like our themes to be fun and lighthearted, and something that can be broadly applied for presentation titles in many areas. Have an idea for a future conference theme? Let us know at!

2022: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

2021: On the Road Again!

2020: Quo Vadis: Where Do We Go From Here

2019: “The Time Has Come . . . to Talk of Many Things”

2018: “O, Wind, if Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

2017: “What’s Past Is Prologue”

2016: “Roll With the Times, or the Times Roll Over You”

2015: Where Do We Go From Here?

2014: The Importance of Being Earnest

2013: Too Much is Not Enough (tentative)

2012: Accentuate the Positive

2011: Something’s Gotta Give!

2010: Anything Goes

2009: Necessity is the Mother of Invention

2008: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

2007: What Tangled Webs We Weave

2006: Unintended Consequences

2005: Things Are Seldom What They Seem

2004: All the World’s A Serial

2003: Games People Play

2002: Two Faces Have I: One For Books and One for Bytes

2001: The Trends They Are A’Changing

2000: Is Bigger Better?

1999: And the Beat Goes On

1998: We Want More For Less

1997: Learning From Our Mistakes

1996: Money Talks

1995: Still Crazy After All These Words

1994: The Savage Marketplace

1993: Bubble, Bubble Toil and Trouble

1992: The Medium is the Message

1991: And I Am Right, And You Are Right, Too-Loo-Ra-Lay

1990: The Pure and Simple Truth (each session of this conference was prefaced with a quotation from Oscar Wilde)

1989: Remembrance of Things Past

1988: Questioning Assumptions

1987: Plus Ça Change

1986: External Influences on Acquisitions and Collection Development

1985: More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Finance

1984: Old Problems, New Solutions

1983: Collection Development in the 1980’s

1982: Charleston Conference did not take place. (Katina’s daughter Ileana was born.)

1980, 1981: no overlying themes yet


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