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Taylor & Francis Returns to In-Person Charleston Library Conference to Connect with the Scholarly Research Community and Showcase Latest Open Research Developments

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The Charleston Conference, an annual and globally prestigious, gathering of librarians, publishers, researchers and resource managers in historic Charleston, S.C., is back after two years of virtual events due to the pandemic. Excitement is running high, with the live event scheduled from Nov. 1 – 4 and thousands expected to attend—including teams and individuals from Taylor & Francis and F1000. A virtual conference follows from Nov. 14 -18.

The four-day conference offers presentations, discussions and debates, as well as a vendor showcase on day one of the event. The Taylor & Francis trade show booth will display new and improved digital products, resources and reference tools to enhance any digital library, according to event organizers.

Jeff Voci, Taylor & Francis’ Senior Vice President & Commercial Lead for the Americas, said his team is thrilled to be returning to Charleston for the conference and excited about the opportunity to engage with the scholarly communications community, adding: “The Charleston Conference allows us to forge new connections, while also cementing our existing relationships with those who publish or partner with us currently. We’re excited to return to the conference in person.”

A major draw for many attendees is the array of presentations featuring notable industry experts who challenge, inform and enlighten guests in a series of 30-minute sessions, before a brief Q&A format. Dr. Buhle Mbambo-Thata, University Librarian, National University of Lesotho, will be the opening keynote speaker, giving remarks titled: WE WILL GET THERE TOGETHER.

Additionally, Taylor & Francis thought leaders will deliver presentations on topics of significant interest to attendees. During the virtual conference beginning on Nov. 14, Emily Farrell, Taylor & Francis Director of Open Research, Americas, will be featured along with co-presenters from Ohio State University Libraries and MIT Press in a presentation titled, “TOWARD AN OPEN FUTURE FOR HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES RESEARCH.”

Farrell will also join a colleague from Carnegie Mellon University Libraries in a second session titled, “HOLISTIC APPROACHES TO OPEN SCIENCE AND PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURES: CASE STUDIES FROM CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY AND F1000.” Other Taylor & Francis presenters include Emilie Littlehales, Higher Education Director of Marketing, and Sara Poppe, Marketing Manager, who will host a Poster Session titled, “HOW ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS ARE WORKING WITH FACULTY TO SOURCE AFFORDABLE TEXTBOOKS FOR STUDENTS.”

Started in 1980, the Charleston Library Conference has grown from a handful of participants in 1980—mostly librarians—to thousands in 2022. Taylor & Francis has participated in the event with a significant presence for decades, this year being no exception.

Visit the Charleston Hub for more information about the conference.