Charleston Conference Proceedings, 2009

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Purdue University Press
Professional & Scholarly


Plato's Republic was the inspiration for the theme of the 2009 Charleston Conference - Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition - Necessity is the Mother of Invention. The Conference, held November 4-7 in Charleston, SC, included ten preconferences, over 15 plenary sessions and over 120 concurrent sessions. The theme reflected the changes and innovations that are taking place in libraries, collection development and acquisitions as we expand our services in the global marketplace amid tough economic times of budget cuts, furloughs, and cancelation of some resources. We are looking for ideas and innovation. The Charleston Conference continues to be a major event for information exchange among librarians, vendors and publishers. Now in its twenty-nineth year the Conference continues to be one of the most popular conferences in the South East. Conference attendees continue to remark on the informative and thought-provoking sessions. The Conference provides a collegial atmosphere where librarians, publishers and vendors talk freely and directly about issues facing their libraries and information providers. All this interaction occurs in the wonderful city of Charleston, South Carolina. This is the fifth year that Beth R. Bernhardt has put together the proceedings from the Conference and the first year for Leah Hinds. We are pleased to share some of the learning experiences that we, and other attendees, had at the conference.