We’re pleased to announce that registration for the 2012 Charleston Conference, to be held November 7-10 in historic downtown Charleston, SC, is now open!  Register by September 14th to receive the Early Bird rate.

Register online now!

Our tentative program is posted online.  Confirmed plenary speakers include:

  • Annette Thomas, CEO, Macmillan
  • Anurag Acharya, Founder and Lead Engineer, Google Scholar
  • Peter Brantley, Director, Bookserver Project
  • Mike Shatzkin, Founder & CEO, The Idea Logical Company, Inc.
  • Greg Tananbaum, CEO, ScholarNext
  • Peter Binfield, Publisher, PLoS One
  • Timo Hannay, Managing Director, Digital Science
  • Kristen Eschenfelder, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies
  • Mark Coker, President, Smashwords
  • Ann Okerson,  Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies, Center for Research Libraries (CRL)
  • Others TBA

We are also excited to announce a new event: Tools of Change – Charleston (Mini TOC), The Age of Curation: Creating & Selling Value In a World of Ubiquitous Content.  If you have ever wanted to attend the industry leading Tools of Change conference, now you can during your time at The Charleston Conference. O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change and BiblioLabs, in cooperation with The Charleston Conference, presents Mini TOC Charleston, a one day event of conversation focusing on publishing, tech and the bookish-arts community. When: Wednesday, November 7, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, more information online at http://oreilly.com/minitoc-charleston.html.

Why come to Charleston? Each year, over 1,000 librarians, vendors, and publishers make a pilgrimage to the Holy City. They are not headed to the Mediterranean, but to the southeast coast of the U S — to Charleston, SC. The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials each November to discuss issues of importance to them all. It is designed to be a collegial gathering of individuals from different areas who discuss the same issues in a non-threatening, friendly, and highly informal environment. Presidents of companies discuss and debate with library directors, acquisitions librarians, reference librarians, serials librarians, collection development librarians, and many, many others. Begun in 1980, the Charleston Conference has grown from 20 participants in 1980 to over 1,400 in 2011.

This year, the Conference will again be held at the Francis Marion Hotel in historic downtown Charleston, and with concurrent sessions at the nearby Courtyard Marriott Historic District and the College of Charleston Addlestone Library. Travel and hotel information is available on our Travel page.

Feel free to contribute, say what you want, or give us your ideas for panels and presentations through our online Call for Papers form. The deadline for submissions is June 15.

Contact Leah Hinds at leah@katina.info with questions or comments.  We hope to see you in November!