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The audio supplement to "Against The Grain - Linking Publishers, Vendors and Librarians"

Against The Grain Journal

Charleston Library Conference


Jul 3, 2017

Welcome to episode 28 of ATG: The Podcast. Against the Grain is your key to the latest news about libraries, publishers, book jobbers, and subscription agents. Our goal is to link publishers, vendors, and librarians by reporting on the issues, literature, and people that impact the world of books and journals.

But first, we have an exciting travel award announcement from JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments.

Link to the Travel Award


Before we get to the interviews, we have a few announcements to share from the Charleston Conference.

We just announced on Friday that we have new and improved session threads. Our lively lunch discussions, concurrent sessions, innovation sessions, and poster sessions are also organized by topic into threads to help attendees navigate the program and hopefully make it easier to make selections for which session to attend. In an effort to consolidate and simplify, we have re-organized them into the following seven groups: Analytics, Collections, Library Services, Management, Scholarly Communication, Technology, and a new thread called Up & Coming, or UC.

The UC thread is intended for attendees who are...
- New to the profession of library and information studies, including librarians, library staff, vendors, publishers, content providers, consultants, and researchers.
- New to the Charleston Conference.
- New to the specific areas of focus of the Charleston Conference (collection development, acquisitions, instruction, scholarly communication, technical services, vendor/publisher relations).
- MLIS students and recent graduates.
- Those with no or limited prior experience presenting at professional conferences. 

The UC thread is a terrific opportunity for up & comers to:

- Become actively involved in the Charleston Conference. 
- Make a stronger case to attend the Charleston Conference. 
- Share your unique experience and knowhow in a supportive, reputable professional sphere.
- Hone your presentation skills.

Do you have ideas, challenges, solutions, or information to share? We encourage proposals that combine UC with other topic threads for lively lunch discussions, concurrent sessions, innovation sessions, and poster sessions. 

The Call for Papers proposal form is available at The link is available in the show notes, and the deadline for submissions is July 14.

Registration is now open for the 2017 Charleston Conference as well! Early bird rates apply through September 15. Register today at

Have you heard that the Vendor Showcase has a new venue this year? Our one day for exhibits will be held in the Charleston Gaillard Center Grand Ballroom. The move will allow all of our vendors to be on the same floor and in the same location, and will allow more vendors to participate. We’ll have over 140 vendors with the latest electronic products and services. Don’t miss it!  The showcase will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm. For more information, contact Toni Nix (

Follow the conference on Facebook and Twitter to stay current on the latest announcements.

Now on with the show! Today we’re excited to bring you a few previews for upcoming preconference sessions for the 2017 Charleston Conference. Our goal is to hear from each session and include them in a series of podcast episodes over the coming weeks. Preconferences are workshops and seminars that range from a half day to a full day in length, and will be held on the Monday and Tuesday prior to the start of the main conference.  These sessions require an additional registration and fee, and are included on the main conference registration form. These are intended to be in-depth learning sessions that will offer a deeper, more thorough look at topics related to collection development and acquisitions.

Up first, we have Samantha Kaplan who will be presenting a preconference titled Misinformation. Samantha J. Kaplan is a doctoral student in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She completed a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. She studies misinformation at the intersection of health and everyday life contexts.

Link to the book that Samantha mentions she authored a chapter: Misinformation and Mass Audiences

Up next, the Acquisitions Bootcamp seminar with Rebecca Vargha and Megan Kilb. This session is offered as part of a joint project with UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science.

Megan Kilb is the E-Resources Librarian in the University Library's E-Resources & Serials Management Department at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a B.A. in History from Furman University and her M.S.L.S. from SILS at UNC-Chapel Hill. She's worked in e-resources acquisitions in one capacity or another since 2007.

Rebecca Vargha is Librarian, School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill since 2001. Her responsibilities as head of this library include collection development, staff supervision, liaison with departmental faculty and the central library, reference and research assistance, and facilities management. She is Faculty Advisor for the SLA Student Group at SILS, and Archivist for the North Carolina SLA Chapter. Additionally, she is a Past President of the Special Libraries Association and Past-Chair of the Knowledge Management Division of SLA.

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Link to preconference schedule with session details:

Link to register for the Charleston Conference, including preconferences: