Wednesday, June 03, 2015

CFP: 2015 Charleston Conference

2015 Charleston Conference
Charleston, South Carolina
November 4-7, 2015
Conference URL:

Each year hundreds of librarians, vendors, and publishers make a pilgrimage to the Holy City. They are not headed to the Mediterranean, but to the southeast coast of the U S — to Charleston, SC.

About the Conference: The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, in November, 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 1,600 in 2014.

Due to the amount of growth we have experienced, the Conference was held in two hotels for the first time in 2005: the Francis Marion and the Embassy Suites, both in downtown Charleston. We are now in three hotels (the Francis Marion, the Embassy Suites Historic, and the Courtyard Marriott Historic) plus the brand new Gaillard Center Charleston!

The Conference does not have exhibits and is not attached to any professional organization, although a separately managed Vendor Showcase and Juried Product Development Forums take place at the Conference.

Can librarians and vendors create a mutually satisfying environment where libraries can afford to buy the materials they need and vendors can still maintain a healthy profit? Can publishers keep prices down while costs escalate? How is the market being impacted by the Internet and electronic publishing? What are the rights and responsibilities of each of the parties involved? Who is maintaining the electronic archive?

From the librarian of a small library to the CEO of a major corporation, they all stand and make their voices heard. The tone is casual, the talk irreverent, and the answers are far from simple. But together, we can find solutions.

Here is what some librarians have said about the Charleston Conference —

  • “The best library gathering around. I look forward to it.”
  • “The Charleston Conference is an incredibly stimulating venue. I am tired afterwards, but get so many great ideas, network with my colleagues, and learn what is going on. I recommend it highly.”
  • “Charleston is the only conference that is worth attending.”

2015 Charleston Conference: Call for Papers
1. The proposal deadline is Friday, July 17, 2015.  Proposals received after the deadline will be considered, but schedule space will be very limited and the remaining spots will be given on a first come, first served basis.
2. PLEASE NOTE: Conference sessions are meant for librarians, publishers, and vendors to discuss issues of interest to them all. They are not an opportunity for marketing products or services. The Charleston Conference wishes to leave opportunities for everyone to be heard. 

 3. We encourage proposals that include representation from the different viewpoints and stakeholders in the scholarly communications process. Have you considered the diversity of your panel?

Please complete the form below to submit your proposal. Contact Leah Hinds at with any questions or comments.