The Vendor Showcase

by | Nov 6, 2013 | 0 comments

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(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.

A "Before" view of the Showcase as the Vendors began setting up their exhibits

A “Before” view of the Showcase 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.

Showcase Ready for Business

The Showcase Ready for Business

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.

Detailed view of an exhibit

Detailed view of an exhibit on the Churchill Archive, a treasure trove 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.

Pierre Malan

Pierre Malan

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.

Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)

Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)

Large vendors were well represented.

Large vendors were well represented.

Taylor & Francis and BMJ

Taylor & Francis and BMJ

Lunch, always a popular stop in a Showcase visit, was provided.

The food station is always popular!

The food station is always popular!

IGI Global (headquartered on Chocolate Ave in–guess where–Hershey, PA) is a Diamond Sponsor of the conference.

IGI Global

IGI Global’s exhibit

Emerald Publishing offered a chance to win a very nice prize basket.

Raffle prize

Raffle prize

And finally, here is the “Reference Shelf“, the exhibit of Basch Subscriptions with its CEO, Buzzy Basch.  Thank you, Buzzy, for promoting my new book, Personal Archiving!

The Reference Shelf, by Basch Subscriptions

The Reference Shelf, by Basch Subscriptions

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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.

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