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Charleston Library Conference 

Sep 3, 2019

This episode features a Charleston Conference Penthouse Suite Interview with Ashley Bailey (Dir, Collection Development & Workflow Solutions, Central US, GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO) and Doug Way (Associate University Librarian for Collections and Research Services, University of Wisconsin, Madison).

They are interviewed by Matthew Ismael (Dir, Collection Development, Central Michigan University Library; Editor, Charleston Voices) about the impact of automation on the future of collections development. Doug Way & Ashley Bailey Video

This is the last episode the summer! We look forward to returning for the Fall season, where we will be looking ahead to 2019’s Charleston Conference with a series of episodes that offer a sneak peak at some of the offerings of the conference. That season begins on September 9, 2019.


Remember that you can still take advantage of the early bird discount if you register for The Charleston Conference before September 14th. You can find all of the info about the conference at

We are also in the open nominations phase of the Charleston Fast Pitch Competition. Do you know of a project in a library or publishing entity that deserves attention? Perhaps one that could be adapted/expanded by others to generate influence in the wider community?

We are particularly interested in scholarly communication and publishing as well as academic and research library initiatives but we are not limited exclusively to those areas. More information is available at

Charleston Fast Pitch Competition Webinar: