Small additional block of hotel rooms available for BPE 2017

(Apologies for cross-postings)

The Best Practices Exchange Local Arrangements committee has been able to secure a small block of additional rooms at the conference hotel at the conference rate.

If you are interested in one of these rooms, please email ASAP. 

These conference rate rooms will be allotted on a first come, first served basis. In your email, please include whether or not you have already registered at the full hotel rate.


Announcing a new sponsor: LYRASIS

BPE is excited to announce that LYRASIS will be a sponsor for the 2017 conference


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A non-profit membership organization, LYRASIS was established in April 2009 with a collective history of legacy networds that dates back to 1936. LYRASIS continues its mission of supporting information professionals by offereing creative solutions and increased savings opportunities.

LYRASIS supports enduring access to our shared academic, scientific and cultural heritage through leadership in open technologies, content services, digital solutions and collaboration with archives, libraries, museums and knowledge communities worldwide.

Getting to Know Your Host Institutions: State Library of Massachusetts Edition

The State Library of Massachusetts, organized under the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, supports the research and information needs of the state government, libraries, and the general public. The library was officially established in 1826 to collect, deposit, and house the Commonwealth’s collection of maps, statute books, and government documents in a single central location. In 1966, through an act of the legislature, the library became the official depository for Massachusetts state documents—a responsibility which continues to be a core part of the library’s mission today. In addition to specializing in state government and legislative research, the library maintains a rich collection of publications on Massachusetts history, personal papers and photograph collections, and other historical items such as the Bradford Manuscript (“Of Plimoth Plantation”) and the medal presented to Senator Charles Sumner by the Haitian government.

Over the past decade, the library has focused on making its more high-use collections publicly accessible through many small and large-scale digitization projects. Collections such as the Massachusetts Acts and Resolves, photographs of New England World War I soldiers, Massachusetts real estate atlases, and the nearly-completed Massachusetts Legislative Documents series are now freely available through our DSpace digital repository; DSpace is also the library’s central repository for electronic state documents, to which we add material on a daily basis.

Located in the State House in Boston, the library sees researchers and visitors from all different backgrounds and disciplines. Our collections are especially of interest to those researching law and legislation, state government, history, and genealogy. Visit our website where you can search our online catalog, view our online collections, find research guides, and keep up to date with library events and behind-the-scene activities through our social media.

Getting to know your host institutions: Edward M. Kennedy Institute edition

About the Edward M. Kennedy Institute

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of our communities.

Located right next to the John F. Kennedy Library on Columbia Point in Dorchester, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute allows visitors to step into the shoes of a United States Senator for a day – bringing the Senate alive in a whole new way. Visitors can debate, negotiate and even vote inside the Institute’s replica Senate Chamber. And they can do it all with a handheld tablet serving as guide, taking visitors through numerous interactive exhibits that weave the history of the U.S. Senate together with Senator Kennedy’s legacy of service, and a call for visitors to engage in their own communities.

Visitors can explore Senator Kennedy’s Washington DC Senate Office, and pick from a variety of daily programming that takes place inside the Institute’s Senate chamber. These programs include the Great Senate Debates program, which brings to life some of the most important debates in the history of the Senate. It also includes the Today’s Vote program that invites visitors to tackle a piece of legislation pending before the U.S. Senate.

The Institute also offers an engaging public program series in both Boston and Washington, DC, that brings in speakers and leaders from all walks of life to discuss current issues facing our government and our communities.

Since opening in March of 2015, the Institute has also welcomed nearly 40,000 students for its award-winning Senate Immersion Module program, where school groups spend a half day at the Institute working with their classmates to build, negotiate, and eventually vote on a piece of real legislation pending before the Senate in Washington, DC.


Getting to know your host institutions: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Edition

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation’s thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. It preserves and provides access to historical materials related to President Kennedy and his times — and engages with citizens of all ages and nationalities through JFK’s life story and the ideals he championed. The JFK Library is also an innovator in engaging their audience through digital records.

Are you curious if John F. Kennedy visited your town during his 1960 Presidential campaign? If so, check out the JFK Library’s Historypin site : Mapping JFK’s 1960 Campaign.

Or maybe you’re curious about what materials are available digitally. Then check out the Digital Collections tab on the Archivally Speaking blog.

Or are you wondering about what goes on behind the scenes at that Archives? Then check out the JFK Library Archives blog.

Getting to know your host institutions: Massachusetts Archives Edition

The Massachusetts Archives, acting on behalf of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, is responsible for securing, preserving, and managing for the public good state government records that possess archival value. These records document the purpose and function of state government and show the interactions between the government and its citizens. Under the 1780 Massachusetts Constitution, the Secretary was given the responsibility for the management and care of state records — current records as well as those of the previous colonial and provincial governments. Nineteenth century legislation repeatedly referenced the archives as part of the Secretary’s office. The General Court codified this arrangement in 1897, when the Secretary’s Third Clerk was designated as the Chief of the Archives Division.

The Archives collection dates from the beginning of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1628 to the present day. The Archives holds records created by the legislative and executive branches of the Massachusetts government, including state agencies and institutions, as well as some pre-1786 judicial records.

The early settlement of Massachusetts and continuing migration of people through the state means that the Archives holds records relating to large numbers of families and individuals. Our collections are valuable to many different types of researchers including genealogists, historians, lawyers, architects, students, and government officials.

Announcing sponsor: Preservica

BPE 2017 is excited to announce that the Preservica will be a sponsor for the 2017 conference.


Preservica’s standards-based (OAIS ISO 14721) active preservation software combines all the critical capabilities of successful long-term digital preservation into a single integrated platform. It keeps content safely stored, makes sure it can be found and trusted, provides secure immediate access, and automatically updates files to future-friendly formats.

Their world-leading cloud-hosted (SaaS) and on-premise active digital preservation software is trusted by a rapidly growing customer base of over 120 organizations across the globe – from major corporations, to government bodies, and iconic cultural institutions – including HSBC, AP, BT, Yale, MoMA, 18 US state archives and 15 national and pan-national archives.