by Leah Hinds (Assistant Director, Charleston Library Conference)
The Charleston Library Conference is excited to report that Greg Gersch, a graphic recorder from the Washington, DC area, created works of art from information presented in sessions at the conference on Thursday, November 5. We are thankful for a Platinum Sponsorship from bepress (http://www.bepress.com/) that made this possible. We also thank Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, for her invaluable assistance onsite providing guidance and industry-specific information to Greg as he worked and asking questions and talking with attendees.
Greg used large canvases, approximately 8×4 feet, to capture the main ideas and takeaways from the conference through graphic art. He recorded the plenary presentations from Courtney Young (Head Librarian and Professor of Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University and 2014-2015 American Library Association (ALA) President) and Jim O’Donnell (University Librarian, Arizona State University) as they were presented live on stage. During the afternoon breakout sessions he was stationed in the lobby area collecting notes from attendees and asking questions to summarize their “Aha!” moments.
Larger images are available on the Charleston Conference Website for more detail, but you can see some of the excerpts below.
And the ultimate answer to the question, “Where Do We Go From Here?”
“The Charleston Conference has always placed emphasis on innovative and out-of-the-box thinking. This year we are going to try using a graphic recorder who will listen to speakers and transcribe the Eureka moments and insights visually. This should be perfect for the 35th Charleston Conference,” said Conference Founder and Convener Katina Strauch. “We would like to thank bepress for sponsoring this exciting new approach. We will be sending a digital image of each of Greg Gersch’s masterpieces to the attendees following the conference and hope that this will serve as one of the touchstones to continue conversations long after the conference is over.”
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.