The 34th annual Charleston Conference, held November 5-November 8 in Charleston, SC, was a bustling meeting for those wishing to explore issues in book and serial acquisition. Hordes of librarians threatened to overflow the historic Francis Marion Hotel, with concurrent sessions taking place in the nearby Embassy Suites, Courtyard Charleston Waterfront, and the College of Charleston's Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library. The conference saw more than 1,500 attendees and 130-plus vendors. Its theme, The Importance of Being Earnest, inspired more than a few of the presenters to shape their sessions in a Wildean image. Book, journal, and multimedia publishers as well as library representatives sat down to speak about the role of DRM in publishing and scholarship in a session titled DRM: A Publisher-Imposed Impediment to Progress, or a Legitimate Defense of Publisher/Author Intellectual Property Rights?
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