PACSCL Projects

PACSCL projects currently in process or recently completed include the following:

  • PACSCL Catalogs Online: an upgraded online public access catalog for several members, in addition to "one click" search capability, using the Z39.50 interface, that will allow users to search the special collections portions of all members' online catalogs at one time (in process, originally funded by a grant from The William Penn Foundation and sustained by member dues and usage fees)[view project page]

  • PACSCL Hidden Collections Processing Initiative: his project will provide processing for 140 collections of high research value held by 24 PACSCL member institutions. (2009-2012, 2013-2014, funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources / the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.) [view project website]

  • The PACSCL Consortial Survey Initiative to assess and provide information on approximately 35,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archival material in member collections (2005-2008, funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) [view project website]

  • The Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network, a project that will allow users to explore the Greater Philadelphia area through time and place by entering a street address or other information, based on the City of Philadelphia's landmark Geographic Information System (funded by a planning grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) [view project website]

  • Finding Aids Online: For special collections not appropriate for traditional cataloging, such as archives, photo collections, etc., the Internet offers the potential to make specialized finding aids available. Funded by a grant from The Delmas Foundation, staff from PACSCL libraries were trained in the new technologies that make this possible. An additional project, also funded by the Delmas Foundation, made it possible for fifteen of its member libraries to place existing finding aids in the Research Library Group's data base and to create new finding aids using Encoded Archival Description.