Best Practices Exchange 2019: New Digital Directions

Call For Proposals

Best Practices Exchange (BPE) 2019
April 29-May 1
Columbus, Ohio


Call for Proposals form:


The Best Practices Exchange Program Committee invites submissions of session proposals for the 2019 Conference to be held April 29-May 1 at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Library in Columbus, Ohio.


The BPE is an unconference that focuses on the management and the preservation of digital information and brings together practitioners to discuss their real-world experiences, including best practices and lessons learned. Deadline for proposals is Friday January 18, 2019 (midnight).


Each session will feature one or more relatively short presentations, but at least half of each session should be devoted to discussion. Attendees and presenters should be prepared to share their own experiences, successes, failures, and lessons learned. These informal, small group sessions will give presenters and attendees alike a unique opportunity to meet, experience, and cooperate with other practitioners, educators, and researchers seeking to address a wide array of digital challenges.


A BPE session may feature a single presenter, two or three presenters addressing a common topic, or many presenters delivering lightning talks. Proposals for roundtable, facilitated discussions, or mini-workshops are also welcome. Sessions can range in length depending on amount content but most will be 60 minutes.


Noted topics of interest in relation to digital data and collections include:


Proposals should include a session abstract of 100 words or less and the name, title, email, and organization for each presenter. Proposals may be submitted individually for shorter presentations or for a full session with multiple speakers. Shorter proposed presentations may be combined with others by the Program Committee. For more information, see the BPE website, and the proposal submission form.


During the first day of the conference, additional Birds of a Feather and Pop-Up session proposals will be solicited and approved.


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BPE is open to all, but particularly practitioners in government and university archives and libraries; educators and researchers in the fields of library science, information science, technology, archives, and records management; and product developers working to create systems for managing and preserving digital assets.


Thank you!

The BPE Program Committee: Linda Avetta (cochair), Pennsylvania State Archives; Janet Carleton (cochair), Ohio University; Veronica Martzahl (past chair), Massachusetts Archives; Kari May, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives; Michael McNeil, California State Archives; Dan Noonan, The Ohio State University; Nick Pavlik, Bowling Green State University; Bonnie Weddle, New York State Archives.


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Janet Carleton

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