The 2014 Charleston Conference Goes Viral

by | Dec 1, 2014 | 0 comments

2014_theme_logo_2colorDuring the last few years the Charleston Conference has garnered a lot of attention on the web and the 2014 edition was no exception. Once again, a number  of articles and blogs offered positive comments and observations about the program, the networking opportunities and Charleston’s welcoming hospitality.

So naturally we felt compelled to share some of them.


  •  Uniquely Hospitable | Charleston Conference Preview 2014 provides prospective attendees an appetizing taste of what to expect from the conference. In a glowing preview John Berry III enthusiastically notes the uniqueness of the Charleston Conference saying that “since its founding by Katina Strauch in 1980, it has provided professional enrichment, knowledge, and open discussion to thousands of librarians, information specialists, and vendors primarily focused on academic and research libraries. There is a huge array of programs, panels, and speakers, plus days of informal inter­actions in which librarians at all levels and vendors talk about their work, problems, innovations, and best practices in a charming setting, redolent with Southern hospitality.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

  • Cheryl LaGuardia answers her own question in her post What Makes the Charleston Conference SO Darn Good? And her response is pretty enthusiastic. “Once again, Katina Strauch and Co. hit a bases-loaded home run with it (the Conference). I’m incredibly rejuvenated, reinvigorated, and inspired.”  Cheryl goes on to point to the factors that make the Charleston Conference “pretty much unique among library conferences.” Making her list are the manageable size, a pace that encourages networking, the “friendly” and “highly informal” atmosphere, the wide range of content and speakers, and last but not least, the city of Charleston.




  • Making More from Less: Data Driven Alchemy at the Charleston Conference offers the observations of LJ’s  on the overall conference. She thought that it “felt bigger than ever this year, with multiple attendees in the halls and elevators commenting on the profusion of programs at multiple venues, the standing room only grounds for popular breakout sessions, and the fact that they could no longer count on seeing everyone they know among the other attendees in the course of the conference.” Meredith then goes on to highlight those sessions that jumped out at her as covering this year’s hot topics like data management, open educational resources, the economy and tight budgets, and current legal climate.

  • Copyright, open access, and scholarly communication, et cetera is blog post by Laura Quilter, the Copyright and Information Policy Librarian at the UMass Amherst Libraries. Ms. Quilter presented at the “Long Arm of the Law” program at the Charleston Conference, with Bill Hannay, and Ann Okerson moderating. Her post highlights some of the key cases being discussed at the session.

  • In her blog post Charleston Conference 2014  Lauren Corbett, Director of Resource Services at Wake Forestoffers brief observations and key takeaways from a number of sessions devoted to short term loans and demand driven acquisitions.  Lauren wrapped up observing that  “this was a particularly good conference in terms of content and consistently nice weather.”  

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  • Charleston Conference to flood downtown with 1,600 bookworms gives you an idea of the local media’s take on what they call “the invasion of the librarians.”  The folks at the Charleston City Paper keep the focus on the observations of Katina Strauch, Conference founder and current Assistant Dean of Technical Services and Collection Development at the College of Charleston,  as well as comments by  Mitchell Davis, co-founder of Charleston-based Bibliolabs, a company that curates and compiles digital content into online anthologies.

  • Three lessons from this year’s Charleston Conference  allows Emma O’Hagan to point to lessons learned at her third Charleston Comference. Riffing on the conference theme “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Emma notes that “being earnest requires that we act with sincerity,” and related to collections this means “libraries have to think carefully about what their communities need.” Her second key observation was the need for librarians “to demonstrate our own value” which first involves “getting the pulse of our users prior to jumping in and starting to promote our services and resources.” And lastly, Emma says we need to “pay attention to how content is being used and shared.” Evidently this came across most forcefully during Gabriel Hughes and Carol Tenopir’s session entitled “To Boldly go Beyond Downloads.”

  • The Spaces Between—Notes from the Charleston Conference is Deanna Marcum take on “The Spaces Between,” a session hosted by  Ithaka S+R  that featured Joe Esposito, an independent publishing consultant, Susan Stearns, the executive director of the Boston Library Consortium, and Roger Schonfeld, program director at Ithaka S+R.  The session focused on the “needs for research that fall between the traditional boundaries of library, publisher, and vendor.”

  • Charleston Conference 2014 – BiblioBlog is a post from the folks at BiblioBoard covering “the extra events that joined the Conference” which they sponsored including the BiblioSummit, Out of the Stacks, and Move a Little, Drink a Latte (aka the annual 5k/1mi Fun Run.

  • Koch presents at 33rd annual Charleston Conference was posted  by Teresa Koch, professor of librarianship and Collections Development Librarian at Cowles Library. It is listed among the recent faculty and staff accomplishments at Drake University. Teresa presented at this year’s annual Charleston Conference. Her presentation was titled, “Good Things Come in Small Packages: Getting the Most from Shared Print Retention and Cooperative Collection Development with a Small Group of Libraries.”

And this video showing highlights and interviews at the Conference by the amazing John Riley  is also now available. Enjoy!


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