CDSN Community of Practice

As part of a broader strategy to build digital preservation capacity among COPPUL members, this group has been tasked with fostering a vibrant community of practice, and connecting members with professional development opportunities.

Join the community mailing list to stay up-to-date on upcoming events!

Communication Channels

The CDSN Community of Practice is an inclusive community of practice with membership open to any interested individual. Members and allied GLAM partners are encouraged to join our mailing list for news about upcoming events, information about professional development resources, and more.

The CDSN Community of Practice also hosts a Slack workspace for regional practitioners to discuss digital preservation topics, seek informal peer support, and exchange occasional #digipres memes. Please contact to request an invite.

Planning Committee

The work of the CDSN Community of Practice is facilitated by a small planning committee. Planning committee members coordinate professional development and networking events, curate and share best practice resources, and more. To express interest in joining the planning committee, or to propose a community event, please contact the co-chairs Andréa Tarnawsky and Kate Cawthorn or Y.G. Rancourt, CDSN Coordinator.


Community activities are overseen by the CDSN Community of Practice Planning Committee. Members are:

  • Kate Cawthorn, Digital Projects Librarian, University of Calgary (Co-Chair)
  • Melissa Cuthill, Research Data Management Librarian, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Dana McFarland, Librarian & Coordinator for eResources & Scholarly Communication, Vancouver Island University
  • Amber Saundry, Digital Repository Librarian, University of British Columbia
  • Robyn Stobbs, Research Data Management Librarian, Athabasca University
  • Andréa Tarnawsky, Digital and Outreach Archivist, Simon Fraser University (Co-Chair)
  • Natalie Vielfaure, Digital Curation Archivist, University of Manitoba
  • Y.G. Rancourt, CDSN Coordinator (ex officio)
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