Un-Steering Committee

In the final discussion forum of BPE 2016, several attendees volunteered to develop a strategy and infrastructure to enable continuity, transparency, and communication in between annual BPE conferences.

The committee was specifically charged with:

  • Recommending a continuity framework for managing communications and passing on critical information between conferences to BPE hosts.
  • Developing a communication strategy utilizing independent and openly accessible platforms to:
    • Enable conference planning and awareness for BPE hosts; and
    • Foster ongoing discussion among the community and attendees regarding best practices, practical solutions, and lessons learned.

At BPE 2017 conference attendees voted to support the proposal of an official Steering Committee for BPE and volunteers submitted their names to be on that committee.

Presently, the Steering Committee is made up of five (5) nominated and elected (if necessary) individuals from the BPE community. In addition, the immediate past program committee host and current program committee host serve on the Steering Committee as a way to assist with knowledge transfer. Members of the Committee serve approximately two year terms.

The Steering Committee works to:

  • Administer public communication venues (website, Facebook page, Google Group, MailChimp Distribution List);
  • Solicit volunteers to be the host venue for the BPE Un-conference;
  • Facilitate transitions between conferences;
  • Serve as an advisory group to the current planning committee;
  • Manage documentation; and
  • Help maintain a community of practice.

Current Members – 2022 Conference Year

The committee includes the following BPE attendees:

  • Bernadette Bartlett (co-chair), Michigan Documents Librarian, Library of Michigan
  • Jim Havron, Independent Consultant/Cybersecurity Specialist/Investigator, J T Havron Jr., LLC
  • Carol Kussmann (Advisory), University of Minnesota
  • Abby Stamback, College of the Holy Cross
  • Ashley Thomas, Harvard Medical School Countway Library
  • Brian Thomas, Electronic Records Specialist, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Krista Sorenson, Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Aimee Saunders, (Program Host), Tennessee State Library and Archives

Past Members

2021 Conference Year

The committee includes the following BPE attendees:

  • Christy Allen, Assistant Director for Discovery Services, James B. Duke Library, Furman University
  • Carol Kussmann (Advisory), University of Minnesota
  • Bernadette Bartlett (co-chair), Michigan Documents Librarian, Library of Michigan
  • Jim Havron, Independent Consultant/Cybersecurity Specialist/Investigator, J T Havron Jr., LLC
  • Abby Stamback, College of the Holy Cross
  • Brian Thomas, Electronic Records Specialist, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Lauren Katz, (2021 Program Host) Utah Division of Archives and Records Service
  • Jennifer Randles (2022 Program Host), Tennessee State Library and Archives

2020 Conference Year

  • Christy Allen, Assistant Director for Discovery Services, James B. Duke Library, Furman University
  • Jami Awalt (co-chair), Director of Preservation and Digitization, Tennessee State Library and Archives
  • Bernadette Bartlett (co-chair), Michigan Documents Librarian, Library of Michigan
  • Krista Sorenson, Digital Projects Librarian, State Library of North Carolina
  • Heidi Steed, Local Government Records Specialist, Utah Division of Archives and Records Service
  • Brian Thomas, Electronic Records Specialist, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

2019 Conference Year

  • Marisa V. Bruhns, Digital Preservation Archivist, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Janet Carleton, Digitial Initiatives Coordinator, Ohio University Libraries
  • Lucy Jones, State Documents Librarian, Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Kris Kasianovitz, State, Local, and International Government Information Librarian, Stanford Libraries
  • Carol Kussmann, Digital Preservation Analyst, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Veronica Martzahl, Digital Records Archivist, Massachusetts Archives
  • Krista Oldham, University Archivist, Clemson University Libraries
  • Camille Tyndall Watson, Digital Services Section Manager, State Archives of North Carolina

Contact us!

The committee would like to make sure the channels for feedback and suggestions are wide open! Please make sure you have an opportunity to participate in the conversation by signing-up for one or more of the following communication options:

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