Something’s Gotta Give: Charleston Conference Proceedings, 2011 edited by Beth R. Bernhardt; Leah H. Hinds and Katina P. Strauch. Purdue University Press, 2012.
Paperback: ISBN 10: 0983404321; ISBN 13: 9780983404323; $50.00
ePub: ISBN 10: 0983404348; ISBN 13: 9780983404347; $39.99
ePDF: ISBN 10: 098340433X ; ISBN 13: 9780983404330; $39.99
The theme of the 2011 Charleston Conference*, the annual event that explores issues in book and serial acquisition, was “Something’s Gotta Give.” The conference, held November 2–5, 2011, in Charleston, SC, included 9 pre-meetings, more than 10 plenaries, and over 120 concurrent sessions. The theme reflected the increasing sense of strain felt by both libraries and publishers as troubling economic trends and rapid technological change challenge the information supply chain. What part of the system will buckle under this pressure? Who will be the winners and who will be the losers in this stressful environment? In this volume, the organizers of the meeting are pleased to share some of the learning experiences that they—and other attendees—had at the conference.
More good news! Copies of the Charleston Conference Proceedings for both 2009 and 2010 are also available in print. These Proceedings offer concise and insightful reports on plenary sessions that feature leading figures in both the library world and the publishing industry. Speakers like David Lankes, Phil Davis, Kevin L. Smith, Jane Burke, Rick Anderson, Joseph J. Esposito, and John Sack discuss issues ranging from the New Librarianship, Discovery, Open Access, and Scholarly Communication to topics like the Patron Driven Future, Sharing Primary Resources and What Our Readers Can Teach Us.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg! Also included are reports on the various pre-conferences and concurrent sessions that revolve around issues like budgeting, collaboration, content development, end users and user statistics, organizational management, new information formats, technical issues and out of the box thinking.
Anyone interested in libraries and publishing is bound to find thoughtful and provocative coverage of issues that are significant and relevant to them in these Proceedings.
*The Charleston Conference continues to be a major event for information exchange among librarians, vendors, and publishers. As it begins its fourth decade, the Conference is one of the most popular international meetings for information professionals, with almost 1,500 delegates. Conference attendees continue to remark on the informative and thought-provoking sessions. The Conference provides a collegial atmosphere where librarians, vendors, and publishers talk freely and directly about issues facing libraries and information providers.