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Digital Preservation Management Workshop 2018


Workshop goal: To Promote Practical and Responsible Stewardship of Digital Assets

The Digital Preservation Management Workshops, a series presented since 2003, incorporate community standards and exemplars of good practice to provide practical guidance for developing effective digital preservation programs. The goals of the workshop are to foster critical thinking in a technological realm and provide the means for exercising practical and responsible stewardship of digital assets in an age of technological uncertainty. More information...

A partnership with OCUL

This workshop will be held in partnership with our colleagues at OCUL. We're hoping that this workshop in Western Canada forms part of a two workshop offering as interest dictates. As such, we will reserve approximately 2/3 of workshop spaces for COPPUL staff, with the remaining 1/3 available to OCUL staff. We are planning for a second offering of this workshop in 2019-20, to be hosted in Ontario by an OCUL member, with 1/3 of spaces at that time available to COPPUL staff.


Dr. Nancy Y. McGovern (2003- ) Co-founder, Director and Lead Instructor, DPM Workshops. Since 2012, Nancy Y. McGovern has been responsible for digital preservation at MIT Libraries. She directs the Digital Preservation Management (DPM) workshop series, offered fifty times since 2003. She has thirty years of experience with preserving digital content, including senior positions at ICPSR; Cornell University Library; the Open Society Archives; and the Center for Electronic Records of the U.S. National Archives. She chairs the Digital Records Expert Group of the International Council on Archives (ICA). In 2015, she was elected Vice President/President-elect of SAA. She completed her PhD on digital preservation at UCL in 2009. 

Kari R. Smith (2008- ) Senior Instructor and Project Manager, DPM Workshops. Kari Smith is Digital Archivist at the MIT. Prior to joining MIT Libraries in late 2011, she was Head of the Visual Resource Collections and Media Services at the University of Michigan Department of the History of Art. Kari's research interests include intellectual and long-term access to cultural material especially through interoperable metadata of digital objects. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists, the founder of the NEA Roundtable on Digital Archives, and is a program committee member for both the SAA Research Forum and for the IS&T Archiving conference. Kari earned her B.A. in International Relations from George Mason University and her M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information.

Dates and location

The workshop will be held in the Lab NEXT at the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary. We are planning to kick things off with an afternoon lecture and reception on Monday June 11th, with class starting the morning of Tuesday June 12th and ending in the early afternoon on Friday June 15th. A detailed agenda will be provided to participants in April.


Tuition for this workshop will be $1200, payable online after April 1st. A link for online payments will be sent then to confirmed participants. Tuition includes instruction, class material, lunches and breaks, and a group dinner. Transportation and hotel accommodation expenses are not covered by this tuition fee.


Please register here before the end of the day on Thursday, February 28th.

There are 18 spaces available to COPPUL members for this workshop, with priority given to those who indicated interest during the initial EOI, and the remainder available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you expressed interest during the initial EOI, don't worry, there will be a space for you! Applicants will be notified by Friday, March 2nd, of their registration status. 

Remember, if you don't get in this year, we hope to hold this workshop again in 2019, in collaboration with OCUL, at a location TBA in Ontario!


We recommend attendees book there accomodations at the Alma Hotel on the University of Calgary campus, which is a two minute walk from the workshop location at the Taylor Family Digital Library. Special group rates are as follows:

To reserve a room, you'll need to contact the hotel directly and reference the group code "COPPUL". Please book early to guarantee your room: this information sheet provides full details. To contact Alma, call or email:

Above rates are subject to 5% GST,  4% Alberta Tourism Levy and 3% Destination Marketing Fee.

There are many other accomodation option near the university and downtown. If you're planning to stay off-campus, be sure to check out CAUBO's discounted rates


Use the following promotional code to receive 10% off Econo and 15% off Plus base fares for between Calgary and anywhere WestJet flies in North America: PXWDQWC. 

If you have questions about how to complete a booking with a WestJet discount codes, please see WestJet's frequently asked questions.

Car rentals

If you're renting a car to get around, be sure to check out the discounts available via CAUBOCAUBO has entered into a preferred partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental. 

More questions?

Don't hesitate to contact the COPPUL DPN Coordinator:

Corey Davis