The Charleston Conference Goes Viral – Once Again!

by | Jan 26, 2018 | 0 comments

In November 2017, the Charleston Conference welcomed nearly 1800 librarians, publishers, and vendors to the host city of Charleston, SC. to discuss the key issues and concerns that confront the world of scholarly communications – as well as to enjoy the fantastic restaurants and the hospitality of one of America’s most historic cities. As in the past, we are happy to report that the 2017 Charleston Conference received a lot of positive online coverage in the form of magazine/journal articles, blog posts, and personal commentary.  Below are a number of articles and blogs that offer comments and observations about the quality of program, the multiple networking opportunities, and the overall professional value of the conference.


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  • There’s Nothing Quite Like @CHSCONF is a post from T. Scott Plutchak’s highly respected blog. Although he has attended the Charleston Conference since 2002, Scott still feels that “there really isn’t any other event quite like it” and in his post he goes on to explain why.  He notes that “the range of topics covered is staggering” and that while the conference tagline is – Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition – … “it is so much more than that.” He points to the opportunities he has had to attend sessions and participate in presentations, not to mention, the chance to develop a web of career enhancing personal connections. According to Scott, much of this is due to the vision of creator and founder Katina Strauch and the hard work of Executive Director, Leah Hinds and the conference team they have assembled.


  • Gearing Up for Change in Charleston is LJ’s  take on the 2017 Charleston Conference. While she readily admits “that the conference was too packed with content for a single editor to do more than dip into a small sample,” she does highlight a few of the key issues and “some commonalities” that she felt emerged across the sessions she attended.  Topics making her list included OER’s, textbook affordability, disability inclusion and access to library materials, and bringing print back into library spaces.


  • Charleston Conference Blog  provides those who couldn’t be there with Don Hawkins’ comprehensive gavel-to-gavel coverage of the key events and presentations of the entire 5-day conference.


  • Top 10 Trends at the 2017 Charleston Library Conference offers the top takeaways and trends from this year’s conference as seen by Morgan Kubelka and her colleagues at Wiley. Morgan picks up on various currents ranging from a need for changing standards to fake news; student affordability to changes in library culture; data driving decision making to a focus on people not “stuff” and an increasing collaboration among librarians, publishers, and vendors.

  • Before and After: Perspectives on the Digitization of Primary Sources  is another post by Ms. Kubelka. But this one discusses a specific program that “brought together members of the academic community to discuss their unique perspectives on the digitization of primary source content. From a professor, a society archivist, a chief scientific officer and a librarian, we learned more about the role that archives play in their professional lives and how digitization of these primary sources will impact their objectives…”


  • Charleston Library Conference Recap: Publication Ethics, Collaborations, Copyright, and Piracy is a report by Technica Editorial’s Chris Moffatt discussing the various sessions that he attended. Chris discusses a panel called “Publication Ethics, Today’s Challenges: Navigating and Combating Questionable Practices,” a session entitled  “Scientific Societies and Associations: A Close Look into What They Do and Why It matters for Libraries,” and one called “Pirates or Robin Hoods? Copyright and the Public Good.”


  • A Brit abroad! provides the insights of first time attendee Dominic Broadhurst, University of Manchester who feels the conference offers a unique “size and scale.” He also notes “how well organised everything was, with significant numbers of professional conference staff on hand … with friendly and professional support for delegates and speakers” and “given the logistical dimensions and the sheer number of sessions this made a real difference, especially to a first time visitor…”


  • Chris at the 2017 Charleston Conference  is a post from another first time attendee who thought “the Charleston Conference was an event that covered so many topics and issues (pardon the pun) that it encouraged some deep thinking about the future of library acquisitions, regardless of format or the materials that were collected. Among the many ideas that were discussed, these were the ones that captured my attention…”


  • 2017 Charleston Library Conference – Cambridge Core Blog  starts with blogger ‘s observation that the Charleston Conference  “was an excellent opportunity for academic librarians, vendors, and publishers to meet, listen to, and comment on each other’s initiatives, plans, and concerns for the future.” And while she admits it’s not possible to attend every session, some general themes emerged which she goes on to discuss.


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