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Against The Grain Journal

Charleston Library Conference 

Jan 10, 2022

Today's episode features a conversation with Leah Hinds, Executive Director, The Charleston Hub. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Editor in Chief of the Charleston Briefings and Conference Director at the Charleston Conference. 

Leah Hinds is the Executive Director of the Charleston Hub, which includes the Charleston Conference, Against the Grain, and other publications.  This is her 17th year working for the Conference.

Leah and Matthew discuss the Charleston Conference’s decision to go virtual in 2020 after a 40 year history of in person conferences in Charleston, the 2021 hybrid Conference event and navigating the moving pieces and logistics, overcoming technical difficulties, and managing scheduling challenges for both the virtual and in person aspects of the Conference. She says a benefit of both the virtual and hybrid conferences was an increase in international attendees, as well as increased equitable access for those who haven’t been able to attend in the past, and that hybrid events are here to stay.