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2012 Charleston Conference - Thursday Morning Panels

The Charleston Conference is a great annual event that gives librarians, publishers, and vendors a chance to come together to discuss the issues in the book industry that affect them all. We've collected the tweets that tell the story of some of the biggest panels at #chs12.


  1. We have two great panels Storified here: the Curating a New World of Publishing panel on the role of libraries as curators of the overwhelming abundance of content, and the Changing World of eBooks panel on how the consumer sector is transforming eBooks.

    From the website of the XXXII Annual Charleston Conference: "The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, in November, to discuss issues of importance to them all. It is designed to be a collegial gathering of individuals from different areas who discuss the same issues in a non-threatening, friendly, and highly informal environment."

    A big "thank you!" to all the attendees who have been live-tweeting the panels at #Charleston12 and #chs12! You've made it easy for those of us who aren't there to follow along.
  2. Curating a New World of Publishing

    The drastic increase in publishing output has created an abundance that can be overwhelming, but this windfall of content ultimately presents an opportunity for libraries to develop deep and unique collections while preserving the intellectual works of our time. What is the role of the library as curator within this world of independently published content? Do libraries still have bibliographers with the skill sets necessary to identify high‐quality content without the aid of a well‐known imprint on the book spine? What technological approaches might be employed to make the process of identifying important or just plain interesting content scalable?

    Mark Coker -- Smashwords
    Mitchell Davis -- BiblioLabs
    Eric Hellman -- Gluejar
    Rush Miller -- University of Pittsburgh Libraries