4th annual Best Practices Exchange (BPE) in Albany, New York – Registration Now Available

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Registration is now available for the 4th annual Best Practices Exchange (BPE) at University at Albany, State University of New York, on September 2-4, 2009. New York State is elated to be hosting “Tackling Technology Together: Best Practices Exchange 2009” in Albany—the founding settlement of New Netherland and the crossroads of the Northeast. The Best Practices Exchange (BPE) brings together archivists, attorneys, information technology professionals, librarians, educators, product developers, records managers, and others interested in the management and preservation of digital information in state government. Please see the updated web site for registration information.

CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS – deadline extended to August 5, 2009

We are seeking proposals for sessions to be presented at the 4th annual Best Practices Exchange (BPE), which will be held in Albany, New York, at the University at Albany, SUNY, on September 2-4, 2009. The BPE is a conference that focuses on the management of digital information in state government, and it brings together practitioners to discuss their real-world experiences, including best practices and lessons learned. The theme of this year’s BPE is “Tackling Technology Together.” Its focus will be on collaboration between and within branches of state government, and between librarians, archivists, records managers, information technology professionals, and others concerned with managing state digital assets.

This year’s conference has four tracks. Each track is enumerated below, along with a list of themes embraced by each track. We ask that potential speakers be guided, but not limited, by the themes indicated. For more information, please visit our tracks page. Each session will be 90 minutes long.

  1. Finding Funding: securing support, developing a marketing strategy, unexpected funding sources, and advocacy
  2. Creative Collaboration: finding common ground, a seat at the table, and unexpected partners; crossing professional boundaries; fostering leadership; building communities; and sustaining collaboration
  3. Educating Each Other: learning new technical skills and new “soft” skills, learning each others’ language, and ensuring professional development
  4. Living Without Closure: morphing from project to program, defining “finished,” planning for an unknown future, finding new uses for old ideas and tools, and managing change

Please send all session proposals to Brian Keough, Head of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY, bkeough@uamail.albany.edu. The deadline for submission is August 5, 2009.

Brian Keough, Head
M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives
Science Library, SL-352
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
518-437-3930 (fax)

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