Announcing the inaugural COPPUL DPN Steering Committee membership

July 20, 2017

VANCOUVER July 20, 2017 - The COPPUL community responded with great enthusiasm to last month’s call for nominations to the COPPUL Digital Preservation Network (COPPUL DPN) Steering Committee.

The COPPUL DPN works to build capacity for digital preservation at member institutions by offering world-class preservation infrastructure, education opportunities and advocacy resources, and by connect local digital preservation activities with regional, national, and international efforts.

The COPPUL DPN Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing this critically important initiative by providing expert guidance and strategic insight to the COPPUL DPN Coordinator, Executive Director, and the Board.

We are very pleased to announce membership of the Steering Committee as follows:

  • Jordan Bass, Medical Archivist, University of Manitoba
  • Ben Hyman, University Librarian, Vancouver Island University
  • Mark Jordan, Head of Library Systems, Simon Fraser University
  • Valla McLean, University Archivist and Humanities Librarian, MacEwan University
  • Dan Mirau, Library Director, Concordia University of Edmonton
  • Todd Mundle, University Librarian, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Gabrielle Prefontaine, Dean of the Library, University of Winnipeg
  • Susan Powelson, Associate University Librarian, Discovery & Digital Services, University of Calgary
  • Dr. Umar Qasim, Digital Preservation Officer, University of Alberta
  • Bronwen Sprout, Head of Library Digital Programs and Services, University of British Columbia
  • Brett Waytuck, University Librarian, University of Regina
  • Kristina McDavid, COPPUL Executive Director (ex officio)
  • Corey Davis, COPPUL DPN Coordinator (ex officio)

Each of these Steering Committee members brings significant expertise and experience on the range of issues within the Committee’s mandate. In addition, a number of subcommittees or working groups will be formed by the Committee, and nominees from COPPUL member institutions will be invited to join these groups in due course.

The Steering Committee will meet for the first time on September 13th in Calgary, to select a Chair and develop strategic priorities for the COPPUL DPN moving forward.

For more information, please see the COPPUL DPN Terms of Reference, or contact Corey Davis, COPPUL DPN Coordinator, at or (778) 677-5746.

Working together, COPPUL members leverage our collective expertise, resources, and influence, increasing capacity and infrastructure, to enhance learning, teaching, student experiences, and research at our institutions. The consortium comprises 22 university libraries located in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.