2014 Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition

The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, each 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. Presidents of companies discuss and debate with library directors, acquisitions librarians, reference librarians, serials librarians, collection development librarians, and many, many others. Begun in 1980 with around 20 participants, the Charleston Conference has grown to over 1,600 delegates at the 2014 meeting, ranging from the staff of small public library systems to the CEOs of major corporations. 
 
The thirty-fourth annual Charleston Library Conference was held November 5–8, 2014. Major themes of the meeting included patron-driven acquisitions versus librarian-driven acquisitions, marketing library resources to faculty and students to increase use, measuring/demonstating the library's role/impact in retention of students and faculty, the desirability of textbook purchasing by the library, changes in workflows necessitated by the move to virtual collections, the importance of self publishing and open access publishing as a collection strategy, the hybrid publisher and the hybrid author, the library’s role in the collection of data, datasets and data curation, and data-driven decision making. While the Charleston meeting remains a core one for acquisitions, serials, and collection development librarians in dialog with publishers and vendors, the breadth of coverage in presentation topics reflects the fact that the Charleston Conference is now one of the major venues for leaders in the information community to shape strategy and prepare for the future.