Closing Session: Conference Poll-a-Palooza

Erin Gallagher and Nicole Ameduri

Erin Gallagher (L) and Nicole Ameduri (R)

For the closing session, Erin Gallagher, Director of Collection Services, Reed College Library, returned to conduct the 4th “Poll-a-Palooza”.  She was assisted by Nicole Ameduri, Sr. Account Manager, Springer Nature. (According to the Urban Dictionary, a Palooza is “an all-out crazy party, partying at one place with a ton of people like there’s no tomorrow”.)

After a quiz on Charleston and SC trivia some of the hot buzzwords from past conferences were reviewed:

Buzzwords - 2014

Buzzwords - 2015

Buzzwords - 2016

At last year’s conference, attendees were asked what they thought would be the hot buzzwords of 2017, and here is what they said:

Predicted Buzzwords - 2017

It will be interesting to see what the actual buzzwords for this year turn out to be and how well they agree with last year’s predictions.

Here are the poll questions and answers:

Where are you from?

  • Mainly east coast

Are you a first time attender? 

  • No 40
  • Yes 40

Favorite session format? Favorite Session Format

What was the hottest buzzword of the conference?

  • AI                                          25
  • Open Access                         14
  • Analytics                                 4
  • API                                          4
  • Discovery                                4
  • Privacy                                    4
  • Data                                        3
  • EBA                                         3
  • Open                                       3
  • Artificial intelligence               2
  • Code                                       2
  • Code Ocean                            2
  • Collection development         2
  • Ethics                                      2
  • Leadership                              2
  • Print                                        2
  • Analysis
  • Assessment
  • Authentication
  • Bam
  • Bento
  • Bepress
  • Budget
  • COUNTER5
  • Death
  • DRM-Free
  • Fake news
  • Fried
  • Future
  • Green Glass
  • Green open access
  • Ideate
  • Indicators
  • Inter-institutional
  • Internet archive
  • Leader
  • Leadership development
  • Metadata
  • Metrics
  • OER
  • open-science
  • Piracy
  • Predator
  • Predatory
  • Predatory publishing
  • Publisher library relationship

Institutional repositories will play a key role in the future of scholarly publishing and research dissemination.

  • Agree  46
  • On the Fence  29
  • Disagree    9
  • What do these words mean?   1

What is the bestbook you have read this year?

  • 84 Charing Cross Road
  • Adrift
  • American Judaism: A History
  • American Oastiral
  • Americanah
  • Ancillary Justice
  • Ashley’s War
  • Being wrong
  • Bethink Thyself by Leo Tolstoy
  • Brunelleschi’s Dome
  • Check Lists
  • Citizen
  • Day Shift
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
  • Eric Ries, The Startup Way
  • Eveningland
  • Fantasyland
  • Fish in a Tree
  • Genesis by Bernard Beckett
  • Grit
  • H is for Hawk
  • Handmaids Tale
  • I “hate” Read Sapiens
  • It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse
  • Les Piliers de la Terre
  • Memoirs of Jacques Casanova
  • Open City
  • Ready Player One
  • Reproducibility of Scientific Research
  • Resonant Leadership by Richard Boyatzis
  • Rigor Morris by Richard Harris
  • Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures
  • Rules of Magic
  • Second Coming by Walker Percy
  • Sex and the Constitution
  • Shake the Devil Off
  • Something Upstairs
  • Squirrel Girl
  • Stone Butch Blues
  • The Argonauts
  • The Cold Dish
  • The Genius of Birds
  • The Hiding Place
  • The Mechanical
  • The Most Beautiful: My Like With Prince, by Matte Garcia
  • The Power Naomi Alderman
  • The Reign of the Evil One by C.Ramuz
  • The Stone Sky
  • Une patate à vélo
  • Vactionland
  • Walking With Einstein
  • We Are All Shipwrecks

If AI could make your life easier by replacing or augmenting an existing service, what would you choose? 

  • Collections analysis         34
  • My Director                      14
  • Circulation                        10
  • Myself                                 6
  • Peer review                        6

What is your favorite restaurant in Charleston?

  • The Ordinary                          5
  • Husk                                       4
  • 39 Rue de Jean                       3
  • The Grocery                            3
  • Ansons                                    2
  • Basil                                        2
  • Callie’s                                     2
  • Fig                                            2
  • Hominy Grill                            2
  • Poogan’s Porch                       2
  • Smoke BBQ                             2
  • Starbucks                                2
  • Virginia’s on King                    2
  • 429 King
  • 5 Loaves
  • 82 Queen
  • Cafe Rue
  • Charleston Crab House
  • Church
  • Cuban Gypsy
  • East Bay Deli
  • Five Loaves Cafe
  • Fleet Landing
  • Fuel
  • Gypsy Cuban Cafe
  • Halls Chophouse
  • Hymans
  • Ivy Iink
  • Juanita Greenberg’s
  • Leyla’s
  • Magnolia
  • Michael’s on Main
  • Minero
  • Mod
  • Peninsula Grill
  • Proof
  • SNOB
  • Swig and Swine
  • The one I haven’t been to yet.
  • The Wreck
  • Touch
  • Verde
  • Xavier&Bananas

What are your experiences with mentorship in our profession?

  • I actively mentor/have mentored others         24
  • I’m interested  but haven’t found the right opportunity        18
  • I am actively being mentored/have been mentored    14
  • Other…            9
  • I’m not interested       5

Will you be implementing programs or adjusting existing programs at your library?

  • Yes 25
  • No 1
  • Maybe 31

Do you provide copyright education to faculty and researchers at your institution or in your organization? 

  • Yes      37
  • No       15
  • I’d like to but I need to educate myself first  5

What will be the significant forces that will change our profession in the next 5 years?

  • AI                     11
  • Retirement        7
  • Funding             5
  • Budget cuts       3
  • OA                     3
  • Technology       3
  • Centralization    2
  • Code                  2
  • Economy            2
  • OER                    2
  • Piracy                 2
  • Re use of space  2
  • Software             2
  • 2020 election
  • Accessibility
  • Administration of the federal government
  • Budget restraints
  • Business models
  • Closing institutions
  • Continued existence of libraries
  • Copyright
  • Data
  • Death
  • Death of big deal
  • Devos
  • Economics of information
  • End of the subscription model
  • Fake news
  • Generational shift
  • IRs
  • Millennials!
  • Online education
  • Publisher vendor relations
  • RA21
  • Republicans
  • Responsible big data
  • Return on investment demands
  • Sci hub
  • Skills gaps
  • Smaller budgets
  • Social media
  • Space
  • Technological shifts
  • Terminators

If you could rename your library with a recent popular movie title, what would it be?

  • Wonder Wom(e)n      16
  • The Lost City of Z       14
  • IT                                   4
  • The Dark Tower            4
  • The Big Sick                  3
  • Get Out                         2

What do you think will the hottest topic of Charleston 2018?

  • Open Access   5
  • AI                     4
  • Discovery        4
  • Accessibility    2
  • Analytics         2
  • Code               2
  • Privacy            2
  • Access to locally held information
  • AI for decision support
  • AI Implementations
  • Altmetrics
  • Amazon buys Elsevier
  • Authentication
  • Auto deposit
  • bepress being sold
  • Big data
  • Cats
  • Chinese publishing
  • Consolidation
  • Copyright
  • Data
  • Data driven decisions
  • Elsevier
  • Elsevier buying EVERYTHING
  • Elsevier buying something else
  • Erin Gallagher
  • Evil empires
  • Fake news
  • Happy hour sessions
  • Impact of scholarship
  • Insurrection
  • Internet Archive
  • IP
  • Leadership
  • Lean library
  • NISO
  • OER
  • Open access and how to find it
  • Open science
  • Print
  • Print collections
  • Privacy
  • Publishers
  • ReDigi
  • Relationships
  • Resurrection
  • Revitalization
  • Semantic analysis
  • Shoestring budgets
  • Something I never expected…
  • TDM
  • Textbooks
  • Trump

If you could change one thing about the Charleston Conference next year, what would it be?

  • Fewer concurrent sessions   6
  • No rain                                  3
  • Reusable coffee cups           2
  • Yoga                                      2
  • 5k again
  • All the sessions I want at different times!
  • Analytics bootcamp
  • Better allocation of spaces for popular sessions
  • Better badges, bigger fonts
  • Better Fewer, but Better
  • Better hotel rates
  • Birds of a feather sessions.
  • Bring back the bar sessions.
  • Chairs in the lobby!
  • Desks!
  • Different logo strategy
  • Dine arounds every night!
  • Discovery technology bootcamps
  • Drink arounds
  • Fewer venues less walking
  • Get rid of cardboard coffee cups!
  • Happy hour sessions
  • Karaoke session
  • Less FOMO
  • Lively lunches with tables please…
  • Longer time slots for concurrent sessions
  • Lunch session provides lunch
  • Mentors for first timers
  • Midnight sessions
  • More candy!!!
  • More chairs at Gaillard Center
  • More focus on non-academic libraries
  • More leadership sessions
  • More plenaries
  • More polling
  • More seats
  • More shuttles
  • More small library-focused sessions
  • More workshop type options
  • No sessions with 11 speakers!
  • Open bar…
  • Registration at the Gaillard Center
  • Sessions for Small libraries
  • Shuttle schedule
  • Skateboards!
  • The name of the Shotgun session
  • Theme tracks
  • Unconference session
  • Unconferences?
  • Vendors more than one day

Ideas for the theme of Charleston 2018

  • Better T-shirt logos
  • Blinded by the PowerPoint
  • Cats!
  • Don’t just sit there!
  • Ebooks, and journals and vendors – oh my!
  • ENNUI
  • Existential dread
  • Game of drones
  • Leadership
  • Libraries in the Upside down
  • Onward!
  • Out the in door
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Remember that everything
  • Resistance is Futile
  • Sailing the good ship Discovery
  • So few people pay attention to the theme-why bother?
  • Tomorrow is yesterday’s before today
  • Up the down staircase
  • Welcome our robot overlords
  • What humans can do for robots.
  • Who’s on First?
  • Winning the info wars!
  • ?

Don HawkinsDon Hawkins
Charleston Conference Blogger and Against The Grain Columnist

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