The Charleston Conference is excited to offer three Charleston Seminars for 2015. These workshops will be held prior to the main conference on Monday, November 2, and Tuesday, November 3. See below for descriptions and registration information:

1. Acquisitions Bootcamp

Presented in conjunction with UNC Chapel Hill School of Library and Information Science.

Monday, November 2, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm,
and Tuesday, November 3, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Speakers: Rebecca Vargha and Megan Kilb, UNC Chapel Hill

This seminar will offer an intensive one and one-half day boot camp on acquisitions from three different perspectives: public services, technical services, and the vendor side. The major emphasis is on the nuts and bolts of the acquisitions process from selecting materials, especially e-books, to assessing collections and articulating the return on investment to the parent organization (academic/special/public libraries). Using an interactive hands-on approach, with case studies, small group discussion, and best practices attendees will gain pragmatic knowledge they can apply in their home institutions. This class is ideally suited for librarians new to selection and acquisitions workflows.

Registration Cost: $225
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2. Legal Issues in Libraries: Beyond Bright Lines  (or, Things librarians didn’t know they need to know about the law, but they really do!)

Presented in conjunction with UNC Chapel Hill School of Library and Information Science.

Tuesday, November 3, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Speakers: William Cross, North Carolina State University;
Kevin Smith, Duke University; Moderated by Ann Okerson, CRL

Librarians are faced with legal issues every day but, without knowing what to look, for it can be easy to miss or misunderstand them. Conventional wisdom that offers easy answers can be tempting but may provide a false sense of security. Even worse, by trying to follow rules we don’t really understand, we may unnecessarily impede the library’s ability to do good work. Through a series of discussions and group activities, this day-long session, will prepare librarians to make informed, thoughtful decisions in key legal areas that are becoming ever more crucial in institutional settings.

The session will conclude with a summary of issues that will need further follow-up with professionals, and discussion of how that might follow-up may be better achieved.

Registration Cost: $225
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3. Understanding the Library Market

Tuesday, November 3, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Speakers: Buzzy Basch, Basch Associates; Michael Gruenberg, Gruenberg Consulting

Attention publishers and vendors of library-related materials: new for the 2015 Charleston Conference, we have a Charleston Seminar workshop just for you! We’ll discuss how to target libraries that will buy your publications, making your marketing budget effective, improving your understanding of the library market, and using library associations to focus your spending. Learn from veterans in the field how libraries buy, who are the library buyers, and how purchasing decisions are made. You can’t afford to miss out on this workshop focused on the library market at the premier international annual library conference focused on book, serial, and electronic resource acquisition. All the major decision makers will be there, and so should you!

Registration Cost: $149
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Please contact Leah Hinds with questions at [email protected] We look forward to seeing you in Charleston this November!