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Charleston Library Conference 

May 7, 2024

Today’s episode features a guest host, Michael Upshall,  Community and Outreach Manager at Core, who talks with Bianca Kramer, Advisor, Analyst and workshop facilitator at SesameOpenScience.

Bianca shares her transition from scientist to librarian, driven by a desire for broader interests and family time. She found...


Apr 29, 2024

Audio from the 2023 Charleston Conference from the Thursday Keynote presented by James Daunt, CEO, Barnes & Noble.

Today we’re featuring Audio from the 2023 Charleston Conference from the Thursday Keynote presented by James Daunt, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest retail bookseller, of...


Apr 15, 2024

Audio recorded at the 2023 Charleston Conference from the 14th annual "Long Arm of the Law” session.

This session was presented by Kyle K. Courtney, Director of Copyright & Information Policy, Harvard University and Michelle Wu, Retired Associate Dean of Library Services, Director of Law Library, and Professor of...


Mar 25, 2024

In today’s episode, Matthew Ismail, a Conference Director and Editor in Chief of the Charleston Briefings, talks with Jay Patel, Head of Sales and Business Development for the Americas, Cactus Communications.

Jay says he first learned how to sell in a tough environment by selling printers and copiers door to door....


Mar 18, 2024

In today’s episode, Matthew Ismail, a Conference Director and Editor in Chief of the Charleston Briefings, talks with Jignesh Bhate, Founder and CEO, Molecular Connections.

Matthew and Jignesh talk about his background which began in journalism and accounting and how he came to found Molecular Connections over 20...