The Vicky Speck ABC-CLIO Leadership Award is given each year at the Charleston Conference to a leader who has made a lasting contribution to the Conference’s mission. The award consists of a plaque and $500 cash award. This year’s recipient is Audrey Powers, Associate Librarian, Academic Services, University of South Florida. Audrey has been active in the Charleston Conference for over 10 years and organizes and coordinates the Dine Arounds, groups of attendees who meet at a restaurant and discuss a topic of interest over dinner. The award was presented by Karen Treat, Manager, Digital Production at ABC-CLIO.
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.