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 2 [clear filter]
Tuesday, June 15

11:15am EDT

The Right Stuff (Over Time): Collaborative Approaches to Selection for Digital Preservation
Selection for digital preservation should be a collaborative endeavor between preservation practitioners and collection stewards. Digital preservation practitioners can work collaboratively with collection stewards to make these decisions by providing a framework and criteria for appraising digital content. Rooted in traditional collection development criteria for both general and special collections, Tallman and Work have previously published Guidelines and Criteria to Select for Digital Preservation (https://osf.io/8y6dc/). Their talk will review how the framework helps scaffold this collaborative effort, and will share their unique institutional case studies on the implementation and experience of appraisal and selection for different types of collections and content digital types.


Lauren Work

Digital Preservation Librarian, University of Virginia
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Nathan Tallman

Digital Preservation Librarian, Penn State University Libraries
Nathan Tallman is Digital Preservation Librarian at Penn State University Libraries where he coordinates policies, workflows and best practices to ensure the long-term preservation and accessibility of PSU Libraries’ born-digital and digitized collections. He also advises on equipment... Read More →

Tuesday June 15, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
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1:00pm EDT

Perfecting Preservation Policy: Designing Intradepartmental Agreement through Policy Development
Digital preservation policy development is a collaborative challenge that affects an entire organization and its content management. Determining the best methods and content for policies and supporting documentation can be a challenge. This presentation will outline policy development needs and a brief review of Virginia Tech’s journey through preservation policy development.


Alex Kinnaman

Digital Preservation Coordinator, Virginia Tech University Libraries

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

An Introduction to the NDSA Levels of Preservation 2.0
Version 2 of the NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation Matrix was released in November 2019, updating Version 1 from 2013.  In addition to the Matrix, the Levels of Preservation Working group released implementation guidelines, an assessment tool, and a set of curatorial decision guides.  This session will introduce the Levels, walk through how to use the Levels to assess your digital preservation program, and talk about other ways to inform others about your preservation program.


Carol Kussmann

Digital Preservation Analyst, University of Minnesota Libraries

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

Introduction to LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe)
Description TBD

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Thib Guicherd-Callin

Program Manager, LOCKSS
Thib Guicherd-Callin is the Program Manager of the LOCKSS Program at Stanford University Libraries. From humble beginnings as an intern in 2005, his roles have included software engineer and technical manager before he became the head of the Program in 2019. A French native and California... Read More →

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