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Stepping Stones: Project Deliverables

Statewide & Regional Stepping Stones to the National Digital Platform

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To Learn More Contact
Scott Garrison
Executive Director
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)

The Statewide & Regional Stepping Stones to the National Digital Platform Project gathered statewide data, conducted national field research, hosted symposia, engaged expert consultants, and carried out workshop intensives to develop the necessary resources, functional requirements, and a roadmap for building a viable and sustainable distributed digital preservation (DDP) network.

The goal was not to reinvent the wheel, but for the first time, intentionally study, replicate, refine, and codify the achievements of the country’s leading state/regional DDP networks. The project is now reaching its broader national impact through the production and sharing of The Stepping Stones Collaboration Toolkit - a resource designed to communicate best practices for state/regional network and community building. The Collaboration Toolkit includes a range of model agreements, policy templates, and other helpful resources to meet current and emerging networks as they seek to advance digital preservation in new shareable, scalable, and sustainable ways. 

In the coming year (2020-2021), the Stepping Stones project partners will be building on the exemplary network/community case studies documented within the Toolkit to connect with more networks/communities. To learn more and about how to get involved, check out the details in the Collaboration Toolkit and reach out using the contact details on each page of this website.