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Add these SSP events to your Charleston schedule!

SSP is headed to the Charleston Conference next month! An informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials each November in Charleston, SC, the Charleston Conference discusses issues of importance to them all.

Read on, and be sure to add these SSP events to your schedule!

Registration is open for this year’s Charleston Library Conference, in person from November 6–10, and online November 27–December 1. Don’t forget to sign up for our pre-conference workshop during checkout!

Charleston Library Preconference
OA as a Catalyst: Shifting Budgets and Emerging Publisher/Library Collaboration

Tuesday, November 7 | 9:00 am–12:00 pm

The transition to open-access publishing, accelerated even more by the onset of COVID, Plan S and the Nelson Memo from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), has impacted how librarians allocate their declining budgets. These and other funding mandates have created challenges for both libraries and publishers. Both entities have much in common, yet how do they sort out how to effectively collaborate to serve common consumers– authors, readers, and the general public?

As library acquisition budgets transition away from subscription fees, how do librarians reconsider the allocation of their budgets? As pricing models become author-driven, will this cause unintended consequences of disenfranchising smaller- and medium-sized schools of higher education? Can multiple subscription models coexist, as one-size pricing does not fit all library types? How do libraries report on and evaluate the impact of their Open Access (OA) agreements? What projects, initiatives, and infrastructures are being developed to sustain these models?

Historically, publishers and librarians worked well together to comply with funder mandates while helping authors navigate the increasing complexities of publishing. As we jointly work to create a more equitable world, how do we sort out sticky issues, such as publishing inequities between those who have funding and those who do not? Our discussion will address the push and pull in our respective worlds, as article processing charges (APCs) are now the commercial norm. Will preprints become the primary vehicle for unfunded, early career researchers and student researchers to disseminate discoveries?

Finally, how do external forces such as climate migration, political upheaval, and natural disasters affect and disrupt scholarly communications? Are global voices going unheard, or are scholars finding an alternative method to disseminate new knowledge? Are we ready for disruption in scholarly publishing in a new AI-driven natural language processing world?

We will share examples and lead small-group discussions to obtain input from across the community.


  • Kelly Denzer, Collections Strategist and Discovery Librarian, Davidson College
  • Jill Emery, Professor, Collection Development & Management Librarian Portland State University
  • Elizabeth Lorbeer, Chair, Department of Medical Library – Western Michigan University School of Medicine
  • Jeff Lang, Director, Platform Development, ACS Publications
  • Sara Bosshart, Head of Open Access Journals, Royal Society of Chemistry

SSP Member MeetUp at the Charleston Library Conference
Social Hour at The Upstairs at Victor’s Seafood & Steak
Tuesday, November 07, 2023 | 6:00–8:00 pm

If you’re looking for some familiar faces, stop by the Upstairs at Victor’s Seafood & Streak during happy hour to informally network with your fellow SSP members and scholarly communications professionals! Feel free to bring a friend; everyone, member or not, is welcome! This event is free, but please RSVP.

Thank you to our exclusive sponsor, Copyright Clearance Center.

Charleston Library Conference
Ask The Scholarly Kitchen Chefs
Wednesday, November 8 | 4:00–4:40 pm

Join us for an interactive discussion with contributors to The Scholarly Kitchen (TSK), the influential blog of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). Chefs and contributors will be on hand to address issues in scholarly communications including Open Access mandates, research integrity, and AI. Bring your questions!


  • Todd Carpenter, NISO, Executive Director
  • Sharla Lair, Lyrasis, Senior Strategist, Open Access and Scholarly Communication Initiatives
  • Robert Harington, American Mathematical Society, Associate Executive Director, Publishing
  • Roy Kaufman, Copyright Clearance Center, Managing Director, Business Development

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