- 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.
- 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.
- 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…”
- CHARLESTON CONFERENCE 2017: A few days in the USA is also by Dominic Broadhurst but this time it’s a collection of posts and photos from his Storify account.
- 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 Susan Soule‘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.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.