Why, that would be none other than Katina Strauch!
Katina started the conference 32 years ago, and at first it was about 20 people gathered in a conference room at the College of Charleston, where she works. Katina saw the need for a conference to discuss the issues affecting mainly academic librarians and in particular, their collection development activities. Over the years, it has grown and grown, until this year, attendance reached nearly 1,500–a record! And it rapidly outgrew the facilities of the College, so it moved to the Francis Marion Hotel, just down the street, and then when that became too small, sessions in other hotels were added. This year, there are about 200 sessions to select from–in only 2-1/2 days! What an intense experience!
I expect to concentrate on the Plenary Sessions in this blog and add reports from a few of the concurrent sessions as time (and energy!) permit. If you miss one or two sessions (!), the proceedings will be available in a few months, and reports by a number of volunteer editors will appear in the next several issues of Against The Grain.
Enjoy the conference!