Welcome to the 2013 Charleston Conference Blog!

by | Nov 6, 2013 | 0 comments

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Katina Strauch, Conference Organizer

Katina Strauch, Conference Organizer

The 2013 Charleston Conference looks to be one that breaks all records.!  Katina Strauch and her crew have really outdone themselves this year.  There are a total of 1,542(!) advance registrants, which has required the addition of several overflow rooms.  There will be over 200 concurrent sessions and even concurrent plenary sessions (dubbed “Neapolitans” by the organizers), lively lunches, a Vendor Showcase today with over 100 exhibitors, and even more!  The conference theme is Too Much is Not ENOUGH!, so it looks like Katina has even more things in store for us.

But some things are still the same.  The headquarters hotel and venue for the plenaries, Showcase, etc. is still the venerable Francis Marion on the edge of Charleston’s wonderful historic district.

Headquarters Hotel

 

Francis Marion Hotel

Francis Marion Hotel

And of course, the helpful staff remains ready and willing to help everyone find their way.

 

Registration Desk Staff

Registration Desk Staff

Caroline Goldsmith (L) and Pat Hawkins at the Information Desk

Caroline Goldsmith (L) and Pat Hawkins at the Information Desk

Leah Hinds, Assistant Conference Director, was everywhere, keeping things running smoothly and fixing problems.

Leah Hinds

Leah Hinds, keeping this blog working. (Thanks, Leah!)

I am looking forward to bringing you the news of the conference in (almost) real time.  With so many sessions, it will not be possible to cover more than a few of them.  Check back here for updates.

Enjoy the conference and be sure to leave some time to explore the delightful city of Charleston!

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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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