Preconferences are workshops and seminars that are held on the day prior to the start of the main conference.  These sessions require an additional registration and fee. You can register for preconferences at the same time you register for the Conference.

The Charleston Conference welcomes proposals for preconference sessions at our upcoming 2015 event. The proposal deadline is April 30, 2015, and space is very limited. Please review the guidelines below and submit your proposal on our Call for Preconferences form. Contact Leah Hinds with questions at

Call for Preconferences

Deadline April 30, 2015

Preconference Guidelines:

1)  The main focus of the Charleston Conference is the acquisition and leasing of library materials of all types, budget issues, licensing, personnel, marketing, publicity, providing access. As well, we encourage sessions on digital scholarship, end users, entrepreneurship, innovation and professional development. We like new ideas or approaches and especially those that  accentuate the practical However, sessions that are product-oriented or that are presented by a single company/publisher/vendor will not be accepted.

2) The preconferences will be scheduled on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Full day sessions run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Morning sessions are 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, and afternoon sessions are 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. We provide a refreshment break at 10:30 am, lunch at the Vendor Showcase from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, and another break at 2:30 pm. Please schedule your agendas accordingly.

3)  For most preconferences, the Charleston Conference covers the cost of the meeting room rental, A/V equipment, and refreshments for attendees. To cover those costs, full day preconference registration fees are generally $150, and halfday preconference fees are generally $110.  If you would like to make arrangements for a different registration amount due to sponsorships or other alternatives, please contact Leah Hinds at


Important Dates for 2015:

April 15 - Call for Papers Opens

April 30 - Call for Preconference Deadline

June 1 - Registration Opens

July 17 - Call for Papers Deadline (5:00 pm EST)

Aug 17 - JPDF Application Deadline

Sept 18 - Early Bird Registration Deadline

Sept 28 - Charleston Premiers Application Deadline