One of the well-established traditions of the Charleston Conference is the presentation of the Vicky Speck Leadership Award, which honors the late Vicky Speck, Editorial Director at ABC-CLIO. The award is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the profession. This year, the award was presented by Keith Chassé, Sales Director of ABC-CLIO. He announced that the award winner this year is Charles “Chuck” Hamaker, Special Projects Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Chuck and his colleagues made library history in 1980 when they discovered disparities in serials pricing by large commercial publishers. Chuck has served in a number of conference roles, from Charleston Advisor peer reviewer to conference program planner, and has also been a frequent speaker at the conference.
Chuck was unable to attend the conference on Friday, so October Ivins accepted the award on his behalf.
However, he did arrive on Saturday, and I was able to get a photo of him holding a birthday cupcake and the award: