Call for Proposals -- BPE 2020


Best Practices Exchange 2020:
Sustaining and Maintaining Digital Initiatives

Call for Proposals


Best Practices Exchange (BPE) 2020
March 23-25, 2020
Raleigh, North Carolina
Call for Proposals form

The Best Practices Exchange (BPE) Program Committee invites submissions of session proposals for the 2020 conference to be held Monday, March 23, 2020 - Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Deadline for proposals is Friday, January 3, 2020 (midnight).
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. These informal, conversational sessions 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.

Each session will feature short presentations, with at least half of each session devoted to discussion, from one or more presenters. Attendees and presenters should be prepared to share their own experiences, successes, failures, and lessons learned. 

We encourage topics about sustaining, maintaining, and growing digital programs, but all topics are welcome. Noted topics of interest in relation to digital data and collections include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital preservation
  • Email archiving
  • Web and social media archiving
  • Workflow analysis
  • Digitization management
  • Linked data
  • Data archiving
  • Labor and skill development
  • Administration, finance, and/or making a case for projects

Submission Information
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.

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 your convenience we are providing an unmonitored brainstorming session spreadsheet:

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

Proposals should include a session abstract of 100 words or less and the name, title, email, and organization for each presenter. 

For more information, see the BPE website, and the proposal submission form. Please send any questions to [log in to unmask].
Thank you!

The BPE Program Committee: Krista Sorenson (co-chair), State Library of North Carolina; Bernadette Bartlett, (co-chair), Library of Michigan; Janet Carleton, Ohio University; Sangeeta Desai, State Archives of North Carolina; Adriane Hanson, University of Georgia Libraries; Veronica Martzahl, Massachusetts Archive; Claire Radcliffe, Library of Virginia; Suzanne Stasiulatis, Pennsylvania State Archives; Heidi Steed, Utah Division of Archives and Records Service; Amanda Stone, South Carolina State Library







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