These in-depth learning sessions range from a half day to two days in length, and will be held on Monday and Tuesday, November 5 and 6. The Charleston Vendor Showcase will take place on Tuesday, November 6, and the main conference will be held Wednesday through Friday, November 7 – 9. Our theme for 2018 is from Percy Bysshe Shelly’s poem “Ode to the West Wind:” Oh Wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?
We are seeking proposals for hands-on, practical workshops that will offer a deeper, more thorough look at topics related to collection development and acquisitions. We are also open to proposals for post-conference sessions to be held on Friday or Saturday, November 9 or 10.
Contact Leah Hinds, Executive Director, with questions: leah@
About the Conference: The Charleston Conference is an annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, 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 1,800 in 2017.www.
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.