The Charleston Conference Goes Viral – Again

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Over the last few years the Charleston Conference has received a lot of positive attention on the web and this year’s online response continues in that tradition.  Once again, numerous articles and blogs offer comments and observations about the overall quality of program, the multiple networking opportunities, and of course, the Holy City’s welcoming hospitality.  Needless to say we are very pleased with this reaction and wanted to share some of the buzz.

Liz Lorbeer does a great job in capturing the “upbeat vibe” the pervaded this year’s Charleston Conference. Reflecting on the key issues that she heard being addressed at the Conference, she finds that there is a lot to feel good about.  Although we a dealing with serious concerns like the increase of Open Access, the issue of digital right management and what to do with print collections, Liz thinks we are entering “a new season of opportunities for libraries and publishers to greet a new generation of users.”

If you looking for the most complete coverage of the 2015 Charleston Conference there is no better resource than Don Hawkins excellent Charleston Conference Blog.  Don offers insightful commentary on all the Conference plenaries not to mention thorough coverage of numerous program highlights from each day of the Conference – all accompanied by photos of the presenters in action.


Joe Esposito reports in Scholarly Kitchen that the Charleston conference was its usual lively self this year but keeps the spotlight on a panel he coordinated that discussed start-ups from the perspective of entrepreneurs Jonathan Breeze, CEO of Symplectic; Sam Molyneux, CEO of Meta (formerly Sciencescape), and Dan Whaley, who founded and heads up the not-for-profit start-up  Joe starts by asking these three gentlemen the question: what can they tell people to assist them in creating and running their own start-ups? And then poses the related question: How can someone know if a start-up is not the right path for them?

This blog post is by Deric Corlew, VP of Business Development at Research Square. Deric’s initial focus is on what the Conference revealed about how “researchers share their research.” He comments on panel led by Meg White from Rittenhouse Book Distributors as well as on a second panel outlined new tools for authors and described the use of a Research Marketing department at the University of HuddersfieldDerek also notes that reflected in conference schedule and the vendor area, there was plenty of evidence that video content is on the rise and “that librarians continue to facilitate change in the university and find creative ways to support researchers.”

Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian at Wake Forest says that although she is not a Charleston Conference newbie, this was her first time attending the conference from start to finish and notes what a treat it was “to be able to experience the Charleston Conference in full.”

Besides being impressed by a number of the plenaries, Molly offers her observations on sessions focusing scholarly communications issues like how and why faculty share articles; Creative Commons licenses and open access; open access publishing; and open access workflows.  Molly ends by noting that “all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Charleston Conference, and anticipate that it will now be one of my annual go-to conferences.”

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This article by LJ’s Meredith Schwartz offers her impressions of Text & Data Mining Contracts—The Issues & the Needs, “a panel of librarians and vendors convened to discuss how libraries, when making deals with vendors, can best support their researchers who want to text and data mine their resources.” Moderated by Meg White, executive director of technology services, Rittenhouse Book Distributors, the panel also featured Daniel Dollar, director of collection development for the Yale University Library; Nancy Herther, sociology librarian, University of Minnesota; Darby Orcutt, assistant head of collection management, North Carolina State University Libraries; and Alicia Wise, director of access and policy, Elsevier.

In this post Gary Price, founder and creator of infoDOCKET,  discusses his part in a Charleston Conference plenary panel session entitled The Long Arm of the Law Returns: Privacy Explored.   Organized by Ann Okerson this recurring session also featured co-panelists, Lisa Macklin (Emory University) and Bill Hannay (Schiff Hardin LLP).

Gary’s presentation alerted the library community to “the privacy issues and challenges that we all face” and pointed out that while librarians are already “doing more to protect users privacy in the digital age” we need to do “MUCH MORE.”   Gary also provides a number of slides from his presentation.

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Here is another piece from LJ. This one is by Paolo P. Gujilde, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Collection Development at Zach S. Henderson Library, Georgia Southern University. In it, Paolo starts by saying some nice things about the Conference noting “the quality and the wide range of topics being presented.” However, his main focus is on a panel in which he participated that delved into “the current state of diverse collections within our institutions and the challenges and opportunities to move forward.” Other participants included Jade Alburo (University of California, Los Angeles [UCLA]), Eugenia Beh, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT]), and ATG’s very own Regina Gong, (Lansing Community College). To view the PowerPoint presentation, visit

Other Charleston Conference postings from LJ:

Emptying the Dump Truck
Manifold Scholarship Turns Scholarly Books into Iterative Digital Projects
Cost Per User: Analyzing EZProxy Logs for Collection Development
The Young and the Restless

Authored by Laurie Kaplan of ProQuest, this post focuses on a Charleston Conference session entitled “Improving the Availability of ISSN – A Joint Project.”  The session was led by Laurie and  Gaëlle Béquet of the International ISSN Centre/CIEPS in which they discussed a joint project between the two organizations based on research that Gaëlle was conducting using Ulrichsweb™.  During this research she discovered several active titles that did not have ISSN, and contacted Laurie to discuss the possible reasons. This has led to a project that “will look for active titles without ISSN in order to have those ISSN assigned by the appropriate ISSN Center.”

If you didn’t make it to Charleston this year you missed attending events at our brand new venue, the Charleston Gaillard Center.  But never fear, Corey’s photos will give you a great feel for this most recent addition to the Holy City’s conference facilities. In fact, the Gaillard Center just opened in October and we made history by being the first conference to be held there.

New Charleston Gaillard Center by Corey Seeman via Flickr

New Charleston Gaillard Center by Corey Seeman via Flickr

Just as they did last year the folks at BiblioBoard posted this update covering the extra events that they sponsored during the Conference.  But this year they kept the focus on their BiblioSummit which featured presentations by representatives from the Massachusetts Library System; the Reaching Across Illinois Library System;the Digital Public Library of America; PressBooks, Librivox and the Bexar County Public Library BiblioTech.

This post reports on the various activities of ACI President Larry Schwartz during the Charleston Conference including the promotion of their new ACI Scholarly Blog Index and his participation in a panel discussion of Librarians, Publishers, Aggregators: Are You Missing the Boat on the Perfect Partnership? and his efforts druing a premier panel session entitled Five Minute Previews of the New and Noteworthy.

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