Juried Product Development Forums

chsconf-11-2-2681The Forums are focus groups designed for publishers and vendors to gather market input from librarians on the development of a particular product or service, and for librarians to discuss market issues with publishers and vendors invited to participate in a forum.

Application Information for Publishers and Vendors

The Forum sessions for librarians are intended for library staff and will be closed to other publishers and vendors while Forum sessions intended for publishers will be limited to the expected audience. There will be a staffed sign-up table at the Conference for attendees to register on-site. In addition, publishers & vendors may invite their customers to sign up for this event. Distributors, consultants or individuals from other companies will be admitted if the participating publisher or vendor has added their name to the list of attendees for their session.

Publishers and vendors have a unique opportunity for feedback from librarians regarding the design, features, feasibility or pricing of a particular product or service that addresses internal debates and shortens the sales cycle.

Invitations will be emailed to all registered librarians with additional details in late September.  If you are a librarian attending the Conference and do not receive an invitation, please contact Caroline Goldsmith at

Important Dates for 2014:

April 15 - Call for Papers Opens

April 30 - Call for Preconference Deadline

June 2 - Registration Opens

July 18 - Call for Papers Deadline (5:00 pm EST)

Aug 18 - JPDF Application Deadline

Sept 19 - Early Bird Registration Deadline

Sept 29 - Charleston Premiers Application Deadline