Announcing the Peer Services Working Group!

July 25, 2018

July 6th, 2018 - The COPPUL Digital Stewardship Network (CDSN) is pleased to announce the formation of the Peer Services Working Group.

As part of a larger strategy to increase digital preservation capacity for individual members, the Peer Services Working Group (PSWG) has been tasked with creating formal mechanisms to connect peer organizations at similar or complementary stages of digital preservation readiness. These mechanisms will allow organizations to share experiences, review documentation, and exchange real-world strategies in a structured way, thereby increasing preservation capacity through collaboration.

The Peer Services Working Group will:

  • Create and maintain formal mechanisms to match COPPUL organizations at similar or complementary stages of digital preservation readiness.
  • Create and maintain best-practice guidelines to structure effective exchanges among peers, including scope of activities, communication mechanisms, and follow-up procedures.
  • Create and maintain procedures to review organization-specific preservation-related documentation as requested by individual COPPUL members.

The inaugural members of the PSWG are:

  • Valla McLean, MacEwan University, Chair
  • Janice Banser, Simon Fraser University
  • Corey Davis, COPPUL (ex officio)
  • Allan Gergel, University of Lethbridge
  • Umar Qasim, University of Alberta
  • Eirian Vining, University of British Columbia

COPPUL and the CDSN Steering Committee would like to thank these members for their service, and we all look forward to what they will accomplish in the coming years!

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More about COPPUL and the COPPUL Digital Stewardship Network COPPUL is a Canadian consortium of 22 university libraries in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. It works to leverage collective expertise, resources, and influence, to increase capacity and infrastructure, and to enhance learning, teaching, student experiences, and research at member institutions. The COPPUL Digital Stewardship Network 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. More information at

For more information, contact the COPPUL Digital Preservation Coordinator:

Corey Davis