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, the Charleston Conference has grown from 20 participants in 1980 to thousands in 2018.

From LIBER, Vice-President Julien Roche will attend as will Birgit Schmidt, chair of the Research Infrastructures Steering Committee, and Sofie Wennström, chair of the Open Access Working Group. Birgit Schmidt and Sofie Wennström will present the European perspective on OA books.