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 until 2005. This year, the award was presented to Ramune Kubilius, Collection Development/Special Projects Librarian at the Galter Health Sciences Library of the Northwestern University School of Medicine. The award consists of $500 cash and a plaque.
Don Hawkins blogs about conferences for Information Today and Against The Grain. He also maintains the Conference Calendar on the Information Today website and is the Editor of Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage, published by Information Today in 2013, and Co-Editor of Public Knowledge: Access and Benefits, published by Information Today in 2016. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked in the information industry for over 45 years.