2014 Preconference Information Coming Soon!

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.



Wednesday, November 6, 2013






1)  SelfPub 2.0
8:00 am – 12:00 pm


  • Mitchell Davis, BiblioLabs, Moderator
  • Charles Watkinson, Director, Purdue University Press and Head of Scholarly Publishing Services, Purdue University
  • Robert P. Holley, Professor of Library & Information Science, Wayne State University
  • Bob Nardini, Coutts Information Services
  • Bill Kane, Digital Publisher – Wake Forest University
  • Cyril Oberlander, Director, Milne Library, SUNY College at Geneseo
  • Michael Levine-Clark, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services – University of Denver
  • Joyce Skokut, Director of Collection Development, Ingram Library Services
  • Mark Kendall, YBP Library Services
  • Eleanor Cook – AD for Discovery & Technology Services, East Carolina University
  • Bill Gladstone, Waterside Productions
  • Leslie Lees, Vice President of Content for Ebooks, eBrary
  • Matt Nauman, Academic Digital Content Product Manager, YBP
  • Deb Hoadley, Team Leader, MA eBook Project
  • John Sherer, Director, UNC Press

Libraries and the impact of self-publishing on humanities and social science publishing
The self-publishing revolution has created a drastic increase in the number or works being published in the social sciences and humanities.  This windfall of content has created an abundance that can be overwhelming, but it ultimately presents an opportunity for libraries to develop deeper and more unique collections.

Who should attend?
This half-day workshop is beneficial for any librarian, publisher or information professional interested in the impacts of self-publishing and independent publishing on library acquisitions. Though more impact has been felt thus far in the social sciences and humanities, this is a phenomenon affecting all areas of materials acquisitions will provide valuable insights for anyone working in this area.

What is SelfPub 2.0?
SP2 is about insuring that the continued democratization of publishing and content tools pushes the mission of the library into the future. We will be producing workshops, mini-conferences and learning materials centered on this mission.

Additional Details and Program


2)  Acquisitions for Newbies
9:00 am – 12:00 pm


  • Linda Creibaum, Acquisitions and Serials Librarian, Arkansas State University
  • Jeff Bailey, Library Director, Arkansas State University
  • Kirk Gordon, Regional Sales Manager, EBSCO Publishing

New to library acquisitions? Wondering what to do and how to do it? Designed specifically for librarians new to this field, this preconference workshop will feature an informal introduction to the basics of acquisitions librarianship from the standpoints of an acquisitions librarian, a library director with a background in acquisitions, and a regional sales manager for a key vendor to libraries for eContent and software as a solution.

The session will cover a variety of issues related to the acquisition of both monographs and serials, each in print and e-formats, as well as large database and backfile purchases. Discussions will include similarities and differences between acquisitions and collection development (and how that can vary from library to library), ordering considerations, avoiding purchasing duplicate resources, negotiating prices and access options, licensing, selecting vendors and jobbers, what a vendor representative expects from librarians, and various services that a supplier’s representatives can provide to assist librarians. We will talk about access versus ownership of eBooks and periodicals and the impact of each on space and budgets both current and future, various ways to allocate your funds, and how to keep an eye on annual expenditures.

Questions and interactive conversations will be a welcome part of this open, relaxed exploration of what it means to be an acquisitions librarian in an ever-changing library environment.

Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of the options, resources, and support structures available to them in library acquisitions.

3) Negotiating with Vendors
9:00 am – 12:00 pm


  • N. Bernard “Buzzy” Basch, President, Basch Subscriptions
  • Rick Burke, SCELC
  • Adam Chesler, Director of Library Relations, Business Expert Press
  • Michael Gruenberg, President, Gruenberg Consulting, LLC
  • Chuck Hamaker, UNC Charlotte
  • Ward Shaw, Independent Investor

The introduction of digital content created a new link in the information chain:  the license. Almost every librarian responsible for arranging  electronic access to information has had to review or negotiate not just prices but contractual terms, adding hours — sometimes frustrating hours at that — to the process of buying materials.  But few have legal training, and most non-sales people haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about what underpins successful negotiations.

Negotiating with Vendors brings together librarians and vendors to help you prepare for these discussions.  You’ll come away with a better understanding of what is involved in negotiating, why licenses matter, and how to use them to safeguard your rights and ensure that both party’s obligations are made clear.  Some of the dizzying legalese will come into focus, and armed with fresh insights you’ll be able to approach license discussions with less anxiety and doubt.

4) HOT TOPICS in Legal and Licensing Issues: Emerging Controversies and Solutions
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $110

Brought to you by:

  • Kevin Smith (Duke University)
  • Bill Hannay (Schiff, Hardin LLP)
  • Judy Ruttenberg (Association of Research Libraries)
  • Ann Okerson (Center for Research Libraries)

Join our very first pre-conference focusing on “hot” legal issues of concern to librarians, publishers, and vendors. In this premier installment, Kevin Smith will discuss legal issues/implications of MOOCs (massive open online courses). Next, Bill Hannay will address opportunities and challenges for text and data mining. Finally, Judy Ruttenberg will speak about technological and legal issues for the library and publishing communities in providing access for the print disabled.

Ample time will be allowed for questions and discussion. We will also allow time for the attendees to suggest future legal issues and controversies that they would like to see covered in future pre-conferences.

 5) Off-the-Shelf: E-Book Platforms for Academic Librarians
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $110


  • Audrey Powers, Research Librarian, University of South Florida, Tampa Library
  • Trey Shelton, Electronic Resources LibrarianSmathers Library, University of Florida Libraries
  • Amy Buhler, Associate Chair, Marston Science Library, University of Florida
  • John Novak, Collection Librarian, Lied Library, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Deborah Lenares, Manager of Acquisitions, Serials, Resource Sharing, Wellesley College
  • Cris Ferguson, Director of Technical Services, Murray State University
  • Mark Johnson, Director, Publisher Relations, HighWire Press, Stanford University

The presenters of this pre-conference will elaborate on the current state of e-book platforms in academic libraries from a holistic, experiential perspective and present important research findings discovered while preparing for this pre-conference and a future issue of Against The Grain. The topics covered will include an overview of e-book platforms including technical aspects and business models, lending platforms, aggregator platforms, publisher-specific platforms, and university press platforms. At the end of the session we will reconvene into smaller breakout groups which will enable participants to meet with the presenters individually to pose specific questions. The presenters include a variety of academic librarians and a publisher whose job responsibilities include developing, procuring, promoting and educating users about e-books in academic libraries.

6) Excelling with Excel: Advanced Excel Functions for Collection Analysis
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $110


  • Denise Pan, Auraria Library, Associate Director, Technical Services, University of Colorado Denver
  • Gabrielle Wiersma, Head, Collection Development and Assessment, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

Microsoft Excel offers useful features and formulas that potentially allow Acquisitions and Collection Development Librarians to work smarter, not harder.  Using journal cancellations as a workplace scenario, the presenters will provide attendees with step-by-step instructions for organizing data and completing basic calculations with Excel.  The presenters will demonstrate how to use several advanced Excel functions including pivot tables, vlookup, and select formulas.  Participants will learn how to import and export data, combine and compare data from different sources, and formatting data to communicate more effectively. The session will be held in a classroom with computers (Addlestone Library Room 122), so attendees will be able to follow along by downloading an Excel file with sample data specifically created for this hands-on workshop.


1) From LexisNexis to WikiLeaks: the New Marketplace for Government Information
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $110 (Gratis for CRL Members)


  • Angela Carreño, Bobst Library, New York University
  • Catherine Jervey Johnson, Legislative Services, ProQuest
  • Robert E. Lee, Online Publishing, East View Information Services
  • Jeffrey Cross, Academic Relations Manager, Statista, Inc.
  • Bill Sudduth, Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina
  • Steve Stesner, SAGE Publications

In the age of e-publishing and open data, government information and records are being exposed in intriguing new ways.  More government-generated data and content is openly accessible on the Web than ever before, disseminated directly by government agencies, aggregated and scraped by a variety of applications , and occasionally “exposed” by third parties like WikiLeaks and news media organizations.  At the same time publishers and aggregators are changing their game to provide value-enhancing platforms, tools, contextual information, and even analysis services along with historical and contemporary content.

The CRL pre-conference will bring together publishers of government information such as East View Information Service, ProQuest, Sage Publications, and Statista, together with specialists and library collections managers to speculate on where these trends are leading.  Some of the questions the session will address:

  • How has the packaging and marketing of government information changed in the past five years and where is it going?
  • What value do the commercial publishers add to the raw government information and data in the form of analysis and tools, and at what cost?
  • How are new media and methodologies driving novel approaches to delivery of government content?
  • What are the potential challenges for researchers, owing to the new trends for distribution of government information?

2) Serials Resource Management
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $110


  • N. Bernard “Buzzy” Basch, President, Basch Subscriptions
  • Rick Burke, Executive Director, SCLEC
  • Chuck Hamaker, UNC Charlotte
  • Gracemary Smulewitz, Rutgers University
  • Martha Whittaker, American Society for Microbiology
  • Susan Zappen, Associate College Librarian for Collections, Skidmore College

Libraries and librarians are being pressured to work smarter and more efficiently. How does one manage the libraries resources when we are adding new faculty, new courses the number of students and we are told cut our materials budget. Learn some approaches from your colleagues.

3) Libprov! Expanding workplace skill sets through workshops on improvised comedy
Session 1: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Session 2: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Cost: $35
Workshop presenters:
Dan Miller, Kate Symes, Jamie Bingner, and Sara Rouhi

Nervous about that upcoming vendor negotiation? Worried about that talk you’re giving at Charleston? Unsure about how to communicate your services to patrons?  Gain confidence with the uncertain and the nerve-wracking by trying a little improv! Improvisation is not just about making people laugh. At its core is a practice that teaches effective communication and listening skills by empowering players to confidently own and share their objectives.

The Charleston Conference is partnering with Washington, D.C.-based long-form improv troupe, Sistine Robot, to offer two beginner improv workshops on Wednesday November 6 as part of the Charleston Preconference schedule. We will be using improv games and skills to:

  1. Develop confidence addressing a group/communicating a message
  2. Manage nerves in uncomfortable situations
  3. Take control over challenging encounters
  4. HAVE FUN/LAUGH/LEARN            

Come in a librarian and leave a LION while having fun with colleagues and friends. This session is completely interactive and requires participation from all attendees. This is a safe space to have fun, be silly, and PLAY! Bring water and comfortable clothing for moving around. Heels/dresses are not recommended. An open mind and a love of laughter are! You can register for workshops when you register for the conference.

sistine-robotSistine Robot is a long form improvisational comedy troupe based in Washington D.C. Its members belong to a number of groups and perform in various venues along the east coast. Sistine Robot’s members are all graduates of the long-form improv curriculum offered by Washington Improv Theater (WIT), the premier training center for improv comedy in Washington, D.C. Several of SisRo’s members are now faculty with WIT. Full disclosure: Sistine Robot troupe member, Sara Rouhi, is Library Relations Manager for ACS Publications. Workshops and performances are created by Sistine Robot alone and do not represent ACS Publications or Washington Improv Theater.

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 15 - JPDF Application Deadline

Sept 12 - Early Bird Registration Deadline

Sept 26 - Charleston Premiers Application Deadline