The Best Practices Exchange (BPE) Program Committee is now accepting session proposals for our next unconference, which will be June 12-14, 2023, at the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries in Athens, GA.

Submit your proposal via this short form ( by Monday March 6, 2023.

BPE is a community of practitioners in the area of the management and preservation of digital information who gather annually to share experiences and have honest conversations about our work. It is an unconference in the sense that we prioritize providing a safe space for active participation and peer-to-peer learning both in the sessions and outside of them. Speakers and attendees come from a variety of backgrounds, including government and university archivists, library and information science educators, technologists, special collection librarians, records managers, and product developers.

Our theme this year is The Future of Digital Preservation. What are you excited or concerned about? What are you doing now to prepare for future challenges or opportunities? What about our current professional practices should we take forward into the future and what isn't working that should be left behind?

Proposals can be in a variety of formats and may focus on any aspect of the future, things like (but certainly not limited to) technology, funding, environmental impact and sustainability, ethics, computational archives and archives as data, or the trend towards outsourcing and working with vendors. We also encourage proposals related to any subject of interest to you, even if they are not directly related to the theme.

A strong proposal for BPE is one that is based on real-world examples and experiences, honestly and openly examines successes and failures, includes practical take-ways, and encourages active participation from attendees. We also invite you to be creative about the format of your proposal.

For more information:
To connect with others about potential proposals: BPE Proposals Brainstorming Spreadsheet<>