What’s New at Charleston This Year?

Long-running conferences (and the Charleston Conference, now in its 34th year, is certainly one of the longest running ones in the information industry) must continually update and change if they are to survive and continue to attract attendees.  With that in mind, here are some of the new features that you will find at the 2014 Charleston Conference:

  • A pre-conference seminar entitled Introduction to Data Curation will be held on Monday, November 3 (all day) and Tuesday, November 4 (morning).  Here is the abstract as it appeared in the conference program:

    Libraries and archives are increasingly responsible for curation of digital data. This includes not only acquiring and managing data but also engagement with data creators and facilitating new forms of research through data use. This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the primary opportunities, challenges, principles and strategies for addressing data curation within the context of libraries and archives. It will be an interactive event, include a combination of lecture, discussion and practical exercises.

    The presenters are Jonathan Crabtree, Assistant Director for Archives and Information Technology, Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Christopher (“Cal”) Lee, Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina.

    Registration is required, and the cost is $250 if you want a certificate of completion or $200 if not.  If you are unable to attend this seminar, watch for my report on it in a future issue of Against The Grain.

  • On Saturday afternoon, November 8, from 12:15 to 3 PM, a new Charleston Seminar will replace the former Rump Session (lunch will be provided).  It will consist of 3 panel discussions and a closing summary by Rick Anderson:Panel 1 –  Ebooks: Key Challenges, Future Possibilities
    Panel 2 – Transitioning from Legacy Systems to Cloud Infrastructure
    Panel 3 – Lightning Round:  Alternative Serial Distribution Models for Libraries
    Summary – Depth Perception in Academic Libraries: A Two-Dimensional ModelThis seminar is clearly a major success and a significant improvement on the Rump Session; according to the schedule, it is full.  (Check with the registration staff when you arrive to see if additional seating capacity has been added.)  I plan on blogging this session.
  • The Conference Reception on Thursday evening, long a popular event at the Conference, will feature a new Open Mike event, Charleston’s Got Talent with 15-20 minute performances. You can perform if you wish!  See the schedule for details on how to register.
  • John Dove and Dave Tyckoson, authors of the latest book in the Charleston Insights in Library, Archival, and Information Sciences series, Reimagining Reference in the 21st Century, will be signing copies of their book at the Reception.
  • Jack Montgomery, a Conference Director, has written the lyrics to a song and recorded them for presenting at the opening session.  The song is called Way Down in Charleston.
  • Several conference features have been instituted involving video recordings of the sessions:

—    Alexander Street Press has donated the editing and loading of the Plenary and Neapolitan sessions and Penthouse Interviews on both the Charleston Conference and Against the Grain websites.  The videos should be available shortly after the Conference.

—    Plans are underway to video several of the concurrent sessions this year, which will be very beneficial to attendees struggling to choose which sessions to attend. Suggestions are welcome and can be sent to Katina Strauch.

—    John Riley plans to roam the Conference, poster sessions, etc., with video equipment conducting interviews of participants.

Don HawkinsDon Hawkins
Charleston Conference Blogger and Against The Grain Columnist

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