2017 Conference Program finalized

The conference program has just been sent to the printer, but if you want a sneak peek, here it is! So many thanks to Tom Blazej in the Secretary’s Graphics Department for his amazing work on this.

Best Practices Program 2017


BPE 2017 Transportation

Transportation Information

Transportation in and around Boston


This year’s BPE conference is taking place in the Columbia Point section of Boston, four miles south of downtown and home to the Massachusetts Archives, The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and The University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Boston’s public transportation system is comprehensive and easy to navigate. We highly recommend taking the subway, known as the “T,” throughout the city during the conference. You can also use the T to travel from Boston Logan Airport to either the Doubletree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside or to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, State Archives, Edward M. Kennedy Institute, or the State Library (located downtown). Please see below for instructions on taking the T or driving to these locations. Please note, though, that driving in Boston is notoriously challenging and we would advise against it if possible.

If you’d like to explore Boston, we’ve also listed some routes to popular areas throughout the area. You can find a map of the T online that includes all station stops and transfer stations. You can also use the MBTA’s Trip Planner or Google Maps to create travel itineraries. For Bus or T fares, please see the MBTA’s website here.

From Boston Logan Airport to the Doubletree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside:

Via Public Transportation: From the airport, board the Silver Line Route SL1, a shuttle providing access to the Red Line. Disembark at South Station and board the Red Line in the direction of Ashmont/Braintree. Disembark at the JFK/UMass stop (3 stops). The hotel is a short 6 minute walk from the T station. The Silver Line is free, but a fare is required on the Red Line.

Via Car: From Logan International Airport: Follow Airport Exit signs – Follow airport exit signs to Ted Williams Tunnel. Follow I 93 signs to Exit 23 (I93-S) From I-93 South: Take Exit 15 – turn left onto Columbia Road. Go 180 degrees in the rotary, then make a right immediately after exiting the rotary.  Make a left at the light and proceed to 240 Mount Vernon Street.

Via Shuttle: The Doubletree Club offers a courtesy shuttle from the airport to the hotel. Once you have landed, you can call the hotel to request a shuttle and obtain an ETA:  617-822-3600.

From Boston Logan Airport to the JFK Library, State Archives, or Edward Kennedy Institute

Via Public Transportation: From the airport, board the Silver Line Route SL1, a shuttle providing access to the Red Line. Disembark at South Station and board the Red Line in the direction of Ashmont/Braintree. Disembark at the JFK/UMass stop and board the FREE Shuttle #2, which runs every 20 minutes from the bus shelter on the ground level of the T station. There are signs indicating the pick-up location for Shuttle #2.

Via Car: Because of various construction projects on the UMass Boston campus, the road configurations are changing on a nearly daily basis.

From the north: Rt. 3/I-93 to Exit 15 (Morrissey Blvd. JFK Library). Turn left at the bottom of the ramp. Follow signs for U-Mass Boston/JFK Library

From the west: Rt. I-90 to Rt I-93 South. Follow signs for U-Mass Boston/JFK Library

From the south: Rt. 3/I-93 to Exit 14 (Morrissey Blvd./JFK Library). Continue north on Morrissey Blvd. Follow signs for U-Mass Boston/JFK Library.

When approaching the U-Mass campus from Morrissey Blvd., traffic follows along the water, bearing right onto a two-way drive that loops along the waterfront with the university buildings on your left. The route will have BPE signs along it. After passing the student center and University Hall, you will see the Archives on the left, just past a T intersection. Continue straight at the T (no stop required), past the Archives building and past the next T intersection. Follow the road along the side of the JFK parking lot and around the front of the building. Turn left into the JFK parking lot. There is no charge to park there.

From the Doubletree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside to JFK Library/State Archives/Edward Kennedy Institute:

Via Public Transportation: Walk out of the back of the hotel to the Shuttle #3 stop in the Bayside Expo Center parking lot. This shuttle goes to the U-Mass campus center, but we have made arrangements for the drivers to stop at the Archives if requested. Please be sure to inform the driver as soon as you get on the bus.  When you get dropped off, you will be behind the Archives.  Cross the street and follow the signs up the hill.


Upon exiting the hotel, proceed left on Mt Vernon Street.  You will be forced to cross the street back and forth four times due to construction, but you will be able to follow the street all the way to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.

From the JFK Library, State Archives, or Edward Kennedy Institute into Boston:

Via Public Transportation: Board the FREE Shuttle #2 to the JFK/UMass T station. Board the Red Line in the Alewife direction.

To State House, State Library, and the beginning of the Freedom Trail: Disembark at Park Street station (5 stops)

To Harvard Square: Disembark at Harvard station (9 stops)

To the Seaport District: Disembark at South Station (3 stops), then walk OR board the Silver Line S1 or S2 buses and disembark at Courthouse station

To the North End (Boston’s Little Italy): Transfer at Downtown Crossing station (4 stops) to the Orange Line in the Oak Grove direction. Disembark at Haymarket station (2 stops).

To Boston Public Library, Copley Square, and Newbury Street: Transfer at Park Street station (5 stops) to the Green Line in the Outbound direction. Disembark at Copley station (3 stops).

Announcing a new sponsor: Minisis Inc.

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

Given its 40 years of history, the next generation of MINISIS will ensure that the software continues to develop and serve a wider audience. This audience includes both developed and developing countries, and private, governmental, and NGO/Educational institutions. In addition, with the development of our management consulting disciplines, we now possess more expertise with Business Process Reengineering (BPR), Change Management, Application Analysis, and Design, and expertise with the complete System Development Life Cycle (SDLC). This approach enables MINISIS Inc. to offer total solutions from upfront strategic planning services to determine requirements, JADS analysis, application development, implementation plans, and training and documentation services along with the core MINISIS products.

MINISIS Inc. is a multinational corporation headquartered in Vancouver, BC, with regional offices in Ontario, Tunisia, and Trinidad and Tobago. MINISIS has existed since 1975 and is continually growing and expanding worldwide. MINISIS Inc. is a profitable software house fully insured with both professional liability and general indemnity coverage as well as escrow agreements. MINISIS prides itself on its diverse employee, supplier, and client base. We support social, cultural, and ethnic diversity in a framework of tolerance and acceptance. It is the belief of MINISIS Inc. that clients care about the ethical decisions in which their suppliers engage. To that end, MINISIS Inc.’s doors are always open to any client to test our accessibility and integrity. MINISIS Inc. is not just another software developer — it is “Technology with heart and understanding”, the new breed of social entrepreneurial companies.

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


Lyrasis logo

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.