2017 Conference

The 12th annual Best Practice Exchange (BPE) was hosted by The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the State Library of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Archives on November 6-8, 2017. The theme for the 2017 conference was Balancing Preservation and Engagement.

2017 Schedule


Connecticut Digital Archive: Implementation at the Connecticut State Library; Allen Ramsey, Assistant State Archivist, Connecticut State Library

The Digitization Dash: The Push to Digitize Government Records and How You Can Help Now; Allen Ramsey, Assistant State Archivist, Connecticut State Library

Just Drop the Keys to the Server On Your Way Out the Door; Tyler Cline, Digital Archivist, University of North Carolina Charlotte

Navigating Divergent Workflows for Digital Records at a University Archives; Valerie Collins, Digital Repositories and Records Archivist, University of Minnesota

Survey Results from Recent National Digital Stewardship Alliance Projects; Carol Kussmann, Digital Preservation Analyst, University of Minnesota Libraries

Transforming Online Mail with Embedded Semantics (TOMES); Camille Tyndall Watson, Digital Services Section Head, State Archives of North Carolina

Program Committee

  • Alix Quan, State Library of Massachusetts, co-chair
  • Veronica Martzahl, Massachusetts Archives, co-chair
  • Beth Shields, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
  • Bonnie Weddle, New York State Archives
  • Christian Skipper, Maryland State Archives
  • Dorothy A. Davis, Alabama Division of Archives and History
  • Jim Kammerer, Montana State Library
  • Kelly Eubank, State Library of North Carolina
  • Linda Avetta, Pennsylvania State Archives
  • Rae Gifford, Utah State Archives


  • Legal Information Preservation Alliance (LIPA)
  • Minisis, Inc.
  • Preservica