Welcome to the blog for The Charleston Conference 2012: “Accentuate the Positive”, which is the 32nd in the series since it began in 1980. I look forward to bringing you the news as it happens, so check back here frequently. The conference begins on Wednesday, November 7, with an Exhibitors’ Showcase, and continues through noon on Saturday, November 10. You can get further information on the conference website; meanwhile, here is some updated last minute information.
SO far, 1,487 people have registered as attendees and 111 as guests, making this one of the best-attended in the history of Charleston Conferences. Everyone (yes, all 1,487 of you!) must check in at the Registration Desk located in the upper lobby of the Francis Marion Hotel. (Past attendees will recognize this as the usual location.) Registration hours are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday and Thursday, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday. On Saturday, you can pick up your registration materials on the mezzanine level of the hotel.
The Annual Reception and Conference Dinner, sponsored by Elsevier, will be on Thursday evening from 7:00 PM to 9:00, in the Charleston Visitors Center and Bus Shed. Here is some information on this historic building, taken from the Visit Charleston website:
“In a building constructed in stages from 1840 to 1856, the Charleston Visitor Reception and Transportation Center is in an area designated as a National Historic Landmark District. The Charleston Visitor Reception and Transportation Center is located in the old Deans Warehouse between Ann and John Streets at 375 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston. Constructed in stages from 1840 to 1856, it is one of five railroad buildings known collectively as the ‘William Aiken House and Associated Railroad Structures.’ After an extensive renovation, which utilized much of the original materials of the building, the Visitor Center opened to the public in May of 1991.”
The menu this year will feature local specialties, like shrimp and grits, tasso ham on sweet potato biscuits, crab cakes and “Down South” eggrolls (BBQ and collard greens), alongside more traditional reception fare like a carving station, meatballs, pasta, veggies, dips, fruits and cheeses, assorted desserts and an open bar.
We are excited to feature a book signing with Laura N. “Lolly” Gasaway, author of Copyright Questions and Answers for Information Professionals: From the Columns of Against the Grain. Copyright law is a critical issue for authors, librarians, publishers, and information vendors and is a complex area, with many shades of gray. Librarians continually need to seek answers to questions ranging from the reproduction of copyrighted works for library users, through the performance of audiovisual works, to the digitization and display of protected works on library websites. This book presents updated versions of the author’s copyright columns published in Against the Grain, the leading journal in acquisitions librarianship since the late 1990s. It is the first volume in the series Charleston Insights in Library, Archival, and Information Sciences, published by Purdue University Press.
Charleston is well known for its hospitality, and the Annual Reception is a true Charleston affair! We look forward to seeing you and your guest there! The weather may be a bit chillier than we’re used to in Charleston at this time of year, so please remember to check the forecast and bring a jacket or wrap as the food and beverage stations will be located outdoors.
Friday Evening Dine Arounds, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
If you have already RSVP’d for a Dine Around, please confirm your attendance on site at the Information Desk on the Mezzanine Level of the Francis Marion Hotel. If you haven’t registered but wish to attend a Dine Around, stop by the Information Desk to be added where space is available. Group leaders will meet attendees in the lobby of the Francis Marion Hotel (look for signs for your restaurant) at 6:30 PM and leave at 6:45 PM to walk to the restaurant as a group.
Due to an oversight by the Courtyard Marriott, the Cooper Room was double-booked and is no longer available for our use. Each session that was originally scheduled for the Courtyard Marriott Cooper Room has been relocated, and the online schedule has been updated with the new locations. The changes are summarized below:
- Wednesday 11/7: Juried Product Development Forum moved to Francis Marion Bridgeview Room
- Thursday 11/8 and Friday 11/9: All sessions moved to the Courtyard Marriott Fountain Courtyard area. Staff members and signage will be available for directions on site.
- Saturday 11/10:
8:00 – 8:30 AM Fast Tech Talk: Thomson Reuters, The Data Citation Index – moved to Francis Marion Gold Ballroom
8:00 – 8:30 AM Fast Tech Talk: Wiley, Functional Chemistry on Wiley Online Library – moved to Francis Marion Colonial Ballroom
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Fast Tech Talk: Metapress Mobile Optimized Experience – moved to Francis Marion Colonial Ballroom
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Copyright & the Cloud: Publishing, Content Workflow and Licensing – moved to Fountain Courtyard area
The staff of the Courtyard Marriott extends their apologies for the mistake, and for the inconvenience.
We are pleased to offer free wi-fi for our attendees in all meeting locations this year.
Francis Marion Hotel: Free wi-fi in all meeting rooms and lobby areas provided by sponsorships from the JAMA Network, Metapress, and the Charleston Information Group LLC. No username or password is required.
Courtyard Marriott Historic District: Pass code for wifi is 4479. We will provide the code to our staff members who will be on site, and signs will be displayed within the meeting rooms.
College of Charleston Addlestone Library and School of Science & Mathematics Building: Please use cofc-guest account to access the wi-fi; no userrname or password is required.
The Mighty Charleston Players Present Their Greatest Hits: 2007 – 2012
As if you needed another reason to attend the Charleston Conference!!
The Mighty Charleston Players Present Their Greatest Hits 2007-2012. The collected scripts from all 6 years of the Charleston Conference – 72 pages of raucous and ribald library humor destined for immortality in your Z682.5 section.
Do you remember skits such as “Waiting for the Dough” or “Got No Life? Get a Second Life!”.? Then get all six years for a mere $5.00. They will be available Wednesday in the Basch Subscription booth at the Vendor Showcase or immediately before and after this year’s skit.
This year’s Charleston Conference is on track to surpass all its predecessors. We look forward to welcoming you there!
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.