(Warning: This is a fairly long post!) The Vendor Showcase (a.k.a. Exhibit Hall at many other conferences) is a highlight of the Charleston Conference. Held on the first day of the conference with no concurrent sessions, it provides an opportunity for attendees to browse the Showcase without fear of missing any conference presentations (note to organizers of other conferences: this is a great idea!). Here is a view of the showcase early this morning just as the Vendors began setting up their exhibits.
Amazingly, in only a couple of hours, it looked vastly different, and the attendees began streaming in. This is the main room of the Showcase; 3 overflow rooms were needed to accommodate all the exhibits.
Many different types of information and content providers, technology vendors, and other services for libraries were represented. Here is a random sampling of some of them. For example, the Churchill Archive is specialized, but will be extremely useful for historians.
And who would have thought that an entire business could be constructed around providing information from Africa? But that’s exactly what Sabinet does. Their Executive Director, Pierre Malan, is probably the exhibitor who came the farthest distance to exhibit at Charleston.
A sing reading “Do you DARE?” caught my eye, and I wondered what I was being dared to do. It turns out to be an exhibit for the Dictionary of American Regional English, whose acronym is, of course, DARE.
Lunch, always a popular stop in a Showcase visit, was provided.
IGI Global (headquartered on Chocolate Ave in–guess where–Hershey, PA) is a Diamond Sponsor of the conference.
Emerald Publishing offered a chance to win a very nice prize basket.
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.