The PACSCL Mission/Vision Statement

Adopted by the membership February 2015

Vision Statement
PACSCL will be a model for regional collaboration and will make known internationally the greater Philadelphia area as one of the nation’s preeminent centers for research and study using rare books, manuscripts, graphics, and other special collections materials.

Mission Statement
The mission of PACSCL is to: 

  • Facilitate an environment that promotes both a supportive special collections community and opportunities for members to leverage the power of collaborative work;
  • Encourage scholars, educators, and other diverse audiences to explore and engage with member institutions’ uniquely rich holdings and to appreciate PACSCL collections as integral parts of an interconnected regional resource

Four key challenges / focus for the future 

  1. Through sustainable consortial initiatives, strengthen members’ ability to preserve and provide access to an internationally-significant body of collections
  2. Strengthen the PACSCL community and foster collegiality through improved member communication and access to information on member activities, training opportunities, best practices, etc.
  3. Reach out to the worldwide community of scholars (in the broadest sense, from senior researchers through K-12 students, area residents, and lifelong learners) to provide increased awareness of PACSCL and PACSCL member collections and programs
  4. Strengthen PACSCL’s organizational structure and funding in order to sustain project outputs and provide appropriate technological infrastructure

Membership. PACSCL members are Philadelphia-region special collections libraries that are able to participate in public programming by maintaining a professional staff to serve the public; adhere to best practices standards of stewardship and access; and demonstrate a commitment to advancing PACSCL's collaborative mission by an ongoing willingness to participate in PACSCL's programs, activities, and governance.