by Leah H. Hinds (Executive Director, Charleston Conference) email@example.com
First Time Attendees
Is this your first time attending the Charleston Conference? Welcome – we’re glad you’ll be joining us! If you have any questions about the conference, the city of Charleston, the venues for the meetings, shuttle transportation, or more, contact one of our Conference Mentors for help: firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a group of seasoned conference veterans who are ready to answer all your conference-related questions. Once you arrive at the conference, the mentor’s desk will be located in the lobby of the Francis Marion, near the Registration Check-In Desk. Stop by and say hello!
We also have a First Time Attendees Welcome Reception planned for Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7:00-9:00 pm following the Vendor Showcase. We’re inviting all first-time attendees of the conference, as well as any “Up and Comer” award winners that are attending to join us for a welcome reception. Our conference mentors and some of our conference directors will be there to say hello and to answer questions you may have in advance of the main conference. We hope to see you there!
Up and Comers Award
We are excited to bring back the Up and Comers Award again for the 2018 conference. This award is intended for librarians, library staff, vendors, publishers, MLIS students, instructors, consultants, and researchers who are new to their field or are in the early years of the profession. Up and Comers are passionate about the future of libraries. They innovate, inspire, collaborate, and take risks. They are future library leaders and change makers, and we are excited to celebrate them with this award.
The 2018 Up and Comers will be recognized in the December-January issue of Against the Grain, and 20 of these brilliant rising stars will be profiled in the same issue, and they will be featured in a series of scheduled podcast interviews. We will also recognize the award winners at the Charleston Conference First Time Attendee Reception on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7:00 pm.
Our annual conference reception will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 7:00-9:00 pm at the lovely South Carolina Aquarium (http://scaquarium.org/). This event is made possible through a Diamond Sponsorship by our friends at Elsevier. Featuring panoramic harbor views, touch tanks, roving educational staff and animals, and exhibits on wildlife and the South Carolina environment from the mountains to the sea, the aquarium is a fantastic venue for attendees to enjoy. Enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres and desserts – with Lowcountry favorites like shrimp and grits and a biscuit bar – as well as more traditional reception fare. Also featuring live music from Ricky McCants and the Catz so get ready to dance!
Hotels and Shuttle Transportation
Hotel rooms are going fast – please make your reservation as soon as possible if you haven’t done so already! Reservation deadlines are October 1 for all conference hotels unless otherwise specified on our website at https://www.charlestonlibraryconference.com/travel/hotels/. We will provide shuttle transportation from each hotel with a conference group rate to the Francis Marion Hotel or the Gaillard Center. There will also be a loop that runs between the four main venues for conference sessions: the Francis Marion Hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott, the Embassy Suites, and the Gaillard Center. Shuttle transportation is provided by Julian’s Transportation Service.
Have you seen any of our recent webcasts? The conference has started a series of free webcast events on topics surrounding librarianship, collection development and acquisitions issues, scholarly communication, and the publishing and information industry. You can view recordings of past sessions and register for upcoming events at https://www.charlestonlibraryconference.com/video/webinars/. In August, we featured a panel discussion from several of the featured article authors from this issue of Against the Grain on Health Sciences: Liz Lorbeer, Pamela Rose, and David Bender. Check out our website for more details on upcoming sessions.
Posters, Virtual Posters, and Happy Hour Networking
Last year, we included Virtual Posters for the first time at the annual poster session. These were on large flat screen monitors at kiosks with iPads for browsing through the poster selections. The layout of the display is similar to Netflix, where you can browse by category/topical thread, or search by author, keyword, etc. Our attendees really loved this interactive way to view content and browse the posters! The 2018 Virtual Poster kiosks will be located outside the Carolina Ballroom in the Francis Marion Hotel during the poster session on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Come check it out!
We will also include a Speed Networking session just down the hall from the posters in the Calhoun Room during the same time slot. Drop in and get to know your fellow conference attendees in a fun and relaxed way. Designed to mimic the speed dating format, there will be two rows of chairs and people can talk for two minutes and then switch seats. Bring a drink or two from the cash bar and enjoy passed appetizers along with freshly popped popcorn from the ballpark-style cart.