The Michigan Digital Preservation Network welcomes you to our first-ever Member Summit! The Summit  features national digital preservation experts and statewide stakeholders presenting on topics of digital preservation practice and discussing the importance of preservation efforts to protect Michigan’s cultural heritage. We encourage anyone working at a museum, library, historical society, or other cultural heritage/arts organization to attend and learn more about the MDPN’s community-centered approach to digital preservation.


All attendees must register in advance via the MCLS Corsizio workshop site. Registration is $10. Attendees are also encouraged to create profiles on Sched to plan their session attendance, though it is not required.  

How to Connect

This is a virtual conference held via Zoom. Links and passwords to sessions will be emailed to all registrants the day before the Summit. Note that session links are posted here as well, but - to prevent unregistered attendees from joining - the password can be found in your registrant email ONLY. 


The MDPN is grateful for financial support from the Library of Michigan and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Program Highlights

Join us at 10:00 AM EDT for a keynote address by Trevor Owens, Head of Digital Content Management at the Library of Congress and author of The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation.


Tweet about the Summit using the hashtag #MDPNsummit!

Code of Conduct

As a fiduciary of the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, all attendees are expected to abide by the MCLS Code of Conduct for meeting and event participants.


If you have any questions or problems during the conference, email us at info@mipres.org.

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Track 1 [clear filter]
Tuesday, June 15

11:15am EDT

Digital Preservation 101: Nuts & Bolts & Bits
MDPN Coordinator, Dr. Chelsea Denault, answers your questions about what digital preservation is, what it's not, and why it's important in this introductory session. Attendees will emerge with a shared vocabularly, a working knowledge, and a strong vision of the purpose of digital preservation.

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Chelsea Denault

Michigan Digital Preservation Network Coordinator, Michigan Digital Preservation Network

Tuesday June 15, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom 2

1:00pm EDT

The Cost of Inaction: Why Digital Preservation Matters to our Institutions and Our Heritage
On this panel presentation, hear from a wide range of stakeholders representing different institutions and regions across the state and their reasons for investing time, energy, and money into a statewide digital preservation network. Panelists will consider both the financial costs of inaction, as well as the intangible costs associated with losing pieces Michigan's unique cultural legacy. 


Paul Gallagher

Associate Dean for Resources and Digital Strategies, Western Michigan University Libraries

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Scott Garrison

Executive Director, MCLS

Sharon Carlson

Board of Trustees President, Historical Society of Michigan

Jeffrey Daniels

Associate Dean of Curation, Publishing, and Preservation Services, Grand Valley State University Libraries

Bryan Whitledge

Archivist / Manager for University Digital Records, Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University

Tuesday June 15, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm EDT
Zoom 2

2:00pm EDT

We Are All in This Together - You’re Just in a Little Deeper!: Building Consensus for Digital Preservation at Your Institution
Regardless of type or size, many cultural heritage institutions struggle to provide the resources necessary to ensure long term access to their digital content. This is particularly true for mid-sized and small organizations that digitized collections for “preservation purposes,” not fully appreciating that the resulting files also required preservation. Although there are many excellent educational opportunities to develop knowledge and skills, right-sizing or repurposing the content learned at a workshop for the local environment can be challenging. This presentation seeks to provide tips for assessing your institutional landscape and strategizing the consensus building necessary to sustain digital preservation practice.


Cinda May

Digital Preservation Strategist, Notre Dame University Hesburgh Libraries

Tuesday June 15, 2021 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
Zoom 2

3:00pm EDT

Stepping Stones, Two Years Later: Bringing a Member-Centered Preservation Community to Reality
The 2019 project, Statewide and Regional Stepping Stones to the National Digital Platform found a real interest in and desire for a cooperative digital preservation solution at institutions across the state. Two years on, this project still guides the MDPN as we work to turn the vision of Stepping Stones into a reality through community collaboration, transparency and accessibility, and member-centered governance.

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Chelsea Denault

Michigan Digital Preservation Network Coordinator, Michigan Digital Preservation Network

Matt Schultz

Founder & Chief Consultant, Fringe Digital

Tuesday June 15, 2021 3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Zoom 2