Content Has Its Own Tale. The Story of the Cambridge History of the Civil War.
September 18, 2019, at 2:00 pm Eastern
Sponsored by Cambridge University Press

AI in Scholarly Research
September 23, 2019, at 2:00 pm Eastern

October 2, 2019, at 2:00 pm Eastern
sponsored by Michigan Publishing

December 4, 2019, at 2:00 pm Eastern (tentative date)
Co-presented with the Society for Scholarly Publishing




Audiobook Trends: Growing Role in Higher Education Curriculum

Sponsored by Recorded Books. Audiobooks are exploding in popularity. According to the Association of American Publishers, digital audiobooks are the fastest growing publishing format for the sixth year in a row―and college-age readers are a significant driver of that growth. Read more and register.


Teach the Teachers: Instilling Instructional Design Principles in Faculty

Sponsored by Credo. Faculty are experts in their fields, but often lack awareness of key information literacy strategies that may be affecting the way they structure curricula and design assignments. Librarians at Sacred Heart University addressed this gap by hosting a Library Institute, where they presented professors with basic instructional design principles to incorporate into their work. The response was overwhelmingly positive, establishing the librarians as a trusted source for educational design knowledge, advice, and assistance.


Wednesday, July 17, 2:00 pm Eastern
Fast Pitch Bootcamp

Hear more about the Charleston Fast Pitch Competition from the perspective of previous pitch winners, our coach that helps finalists prepare for the competition, and one of the judges. The call for participation is open to all who are in the process of developing new, innovative, and implementable ideas to improve their academic libraries or related organizations. The intent of the competition is to showcase innovation in information management and to award the most deserving examples of innovation. There will be two awards of $2,500 each for winning proposals from U.S.-based tax exempt non-profit organization. Find out more at https://charlestonlibraryconference.com/fastpitch/.

Sponsored by Ex Libris. This session will look at recent developments to infuse Artificial Intelligence into library services, enable smart decision making, and provide comprehensive discovery tools that are affecting real change in librarianship today. It will include an overview of these concepts as well as share interesting examples being used in libraries across the world.


New Models of Scholarly Communication: Libraries Shaping Publishing in the New Era

In collaboration with the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). With presentations from Sarah Lippincott, Maria Bonn, and John Willinsky. Through their interactions with researchers and consumers, librarians are shaping and driving change in publishing and scholarly communication. Like pebbles in a pond, their actions create ripples far beyond their individual institutions. In this webinar, a panel of speakers will highlight ways in which libraries are increasingly taking the lead in the production, curation, discovery, and aggregation of content and its dissemination.


Hacking The Library: A Preview of a Charleston 2019 Offering

Presenters: Curtis Michelson, Minds Alert, LLC; Caroline Muglia, University of Southern California; Heather Staines, Hypothes.is; and Geoff Timms, College of Charleston. Hosted by Leah Hinds, Charleston Library Conference.


Behind the Curtain: Cambridge Histories, Cambridge Companions, and Cambridge Elements

Presented by Debbie Gershenowitz, Senior Editor, American & Latin American History & Politics, and Sara Doskow, Editor, Political Science and Sociology, Cambridge University Press



Accessibility & Publishing

Presented by:

  • Susan Doerr, Assistant Director, Digital Publishing and Operations Director, University of Minnesota Press
  • Stephane Rosen, Accessibility Specialist, University of Michigan Library
  • Emma Waecker, Senior Product Manager for eBooks, EBSCO Information Services.

Moderated by: Matthew Ismail, Editor in Chief, Charleston Briefings; Director of Collection Development, Central Michigan University

What are publishers, vendors, and libraries doing to make publications accessible—to readers with print disabilities and to readers facing other barriers to access? This panel will address this question from various perspectives to give audience members a sense of the accessibility and publishing landscape today, and a look at promising practices that may change that landscape in the near future.

Hyde Park Debate – Resolved: All scholarship must be made available for reading and reuse.

  • Moderator: Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, Marriott Library, University of Utah
  • In Favor: Brandon Butler, Director of Information Policy, University of Virginia Library
  • Opposed: Angela Cochran, Associate Publisher, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The debate will be conducted in general accordance with Oxford Union rules. All in the audience will vote their opinion on the resolution before the debate begins, and the vote totals will be recorded. Each speaker will offer a formal opening statement, followed by a response to each other’s statements, and then we’ll open the floor to discussion. At the conclusion of the debate, another vote will be taken. The winner of the debate is the one who caused the most audience members to change their votes. Members of the audience have an opportunity to make comments and pose questions as well.

Instruction Tools for the Busy Librarian
Presented by Amanda DiFeterici, Senior Product Manager, Credo Reference, and Emily Metcalf, Instruction Services Librarian, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Regardless of the type (community college, four-year, research institution, etc.) or size of your institution, information literacy is a critical skill your students must develop to be successful in the modern world. The basics of research—initial exploration of a topic, understanding key concepts, and narrowing a topic—are skills that first and second year students often lack. They are also among the most challenging to teach students, as librarians often have to impart the conceptual underpinnings of inquiry and exploration while simultaneously teaching students the mechanics of using search tools and databases. Teaching conceptual understanding and technical skills together provides a rich authentic experience for students, as concepts and practice are married together rather than learned in isolation.

All there is to know about Evidenced Based Acquisition
Presented by Stephanie Kaelin and Don Gallagher, Cambridge University Press.

Evidence Based Acquisition launched at Cambridge University Press almost 5 years ago. This webinar will present an overview of the model, provide a ‘big picture’ view of the program to date, and share lessons learned. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the model for libraries? For publishers? What kinds of data are necessary to support a data-driven model and ROI analyses? READ MORE

ATG Special Issue on Health Sciences Panel Discussion

Presentations from three of our featured article authors for a discussion of the upcoming September issue of Against the Grain:

  • The (Not So) Accidental Ontologist and other Tales of Alternative Librarianship: David Bender, Librarian from Radiological Society of North America

  • Hitting our Stride: Reflections Four Years Later from a Born-Digital Medical Library: Elizabeth Lorbeer, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.
  • One Health:  Connecting the Dots: Pamela Rose, Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo

Charleston Vendor Information Webcast: Cambridge Core Online Textbooks

Join us for a profile of the new HTML textbooks solution for institutions available via Cambridge Core. Hosted by Leah Hinds, Charleston Library Conference. Presented by Pamela S. Cooper, Head of Higher Education Sales, Americas, and Stephanie Kaelin, Library Sales Manager, Americas for Cambridge University Press.

ATG Trendspotting

Building last year’s FuturesLab, the Charleston Conference invites broad participation in our new ATG Trendspotting Initiative, a community-engaged process for cooperatively and collaboratively exploring social, policy, economic, technology, and educational trends and forecasting the impacts of these trends on scholarly communication, publishing, and academic libraries.

Reading in a Digital Age

Presented by David Durant, East Carolina University, and Tony Horava, University of Ottawa

With the advent of the internet, technology has consistently introduced into the educational landscape new and rapidly-evolving electronic gadgets which have significantly shifted reader-focus from the traditional materials in print to e-texts.David Durant, in his recent book entitled “Reading in a Digital Age“, posits that, while features like ready-access, ubiquity, convenience and speed are positive advancements, one should consider the reductive consequences of digital reading on students’ skills-acquisition, mental and social connectivity and literacy levels in general. He and Tony Horava will also discuss the transformation of the reading experience; some characteristics of older vs newer forms of reading; the material aspects of reading, and critical reading issues.

Library as Publisher: New Models of Scholarly Communication for a New Era

Presented by Sarah Lippincott, Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Consultant, and Isaac Gilman, Dean of University Libraries at Pacific University (Oregon), and founder and Director of the Pacific University Press.

Meeting the Modern Marketing Challenge in Libraries

In today’s libraries, marketing is everyone’s job. Yet, many librarians don’t know what modern marketing is and the preconditions for marketing success. During this year’s Charleston Conference, Charleston Briefing author Jill Stover Heinze convened a lively discussion about these topics in her new book, Library Marketing: From Passion to Practice. The session made clear that many of us share deep concerns and unresolved questions about what adopting modern marketing means in a library context.

This webinar will extend the Conference conversation, sharing an overview of the Briefing’s main themes, and revisiting the topics and ideas that were most pressing for session attendees, including:

    • Understanding how marketing, strategic planning, communications, and assessment relate to one another and what that means for how library staff should think about their roles
    • Why focusing only on ‘telling our story’ misses the mark, and doesn’t guarantee patrons will listen
  • What segmentation is and how you can efficiently reach patrons in new ways by innovating how you approach your user base.

Jill will be joined by Northern Kentucky University’s Dean of the Library, Arne Almquist.  Arne successfully implemented a marketing orientation at Steely Library by modifying its organizational structure to better accommodate marketing as a circular, holistic communication process. Arne will share what has worked and what merits further refinement as his library put these marketing principles into practice.

Crunch Time: Frameworks to Assess and Improve End of Year Spending

We all know that stress is a bad condition for decision-making. How can we counteract stress in year-end collections spending? In this presentation, the authors will provide an overview of their assessment framework, discussion of their findings, and recommendations based on the assessment process. Discussing how Return On Investment (ROI) can be assessed, the presentation will focus on strategies for approaching year-end spending methodically and successfully.


This session will address the concept of misinformation – what it is, when it occurs, and how what is misinformation in one context may be good information in another. I will present the status of information as context-dependent, leading to the importance of considering context with sensitivity, empathy, and a critical eye. This session is distinct because it attempts to stretch misinformation from a black and white concept to a larger spectrum. We will briefly examine evidence of the ways information systems exacerbate issues of misinformation.

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Charleston Conference Hyde Park Debate
Resolved: The journal impact factor does more harm than good.

  • Moderated by Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, University of Utah
  • In Favor: Sara Rouhi, Director of Business Development, North America, at Altmetric
  • Against: Ann Beynon, Manager, Solution Specialists, North America, at Clarivate Analytics
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