This week, we have another installment of “Let’s Get Technical” by ATG Column Editors Stacey Marien (Acquisitions Librarian, American University Library) and Alayne Mundt (Resource Description Librarian, American University Library) focusing on practical problems and solutions in Technical Services departments.
Columns covered are:
- Let’s Get Technical – A Technical Services Perspective On Taking On A Shared Retention Project, Part Two
- Let’s Get Technical – The Paper Chase, How One Library Tracked the Chaos of Media Ordering
- Let’s Get Technical – Desk Tracker, A New Way of Tracking Cataloging Statistics
But first, Leah Hinds has a couple of quick announcements for the conference. The Call for Papers deadline was Friday, July 14, and we received a ton of fantastic proposals, as always. The conference planning committee will review all of these proposals over the next week and will be contacting the primary session organizers with decisions by August 1.
There are a couple of applications that are open for opportunities at the conference I’d like to draw your attention to. First, the Charleston Fast Pitch Competition is looking for proposals that pitch a winning idea to improve service at an academic or research library. This contest is designed to recognize and reward new innovation in academic library and information management.
The Juried Product Development Forums, or JPDF’s, are designed to offer publishers and vendors a chance to discuss new products in development, or improvements to existing products, and receive feedback from librarians and library workers.
The Charleston Premiers are lightning round sessions designed to showcase new products and innovations already in the marketplace but that may not be widely known yet. Details on all of these events are available on the conference website at the links provided in the show notes.
New this year, our Virtual Posters will be displayed on large flatscreen monitors with iPad kiosks. The app on the iPads will function much like Netflix, where you can scroll through categories with poster thumbnails and titles, then select a poster to view on the big screen. You can zoom and swipe on the iPad to enlarge the view on the big screen as well. We’re really excited about this new format for viewing posters and look forward to sharing it with our attendees!
The virtual posters will be on display during the Poster Session on Wednesday, November 8, from 6:00 – 6:45 pm outside the Carolina Ballroom in the Francis Marion Hotel. Running concurrently will be the Happy Hour Networking event and Speed Networking in the Calhoun Room down the hall. The print posters and poster presenters will be inside the Carolina Ballroom. Appetizers will be provided, and a cash bar will be available as well.
Also, as a reminder, we have a fantastic line-up of preconferences that will be held on Monday and Tuesday, November 6 and 7, prior to the start of the main conference. We’ve had a series of preconference previews in the last couple of podcast episodes, and we’ll continue that in the future with more episodes that interview the presenters and give a little bit more background and detail on the sessions themselves. You can find registration for these sessions on the main conference registration page, and session details are available on the conference website.
Once again we hear about the exciting travel award announcement from JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.