Location: Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Reports To: PACSCL Board of Directors through the Board Chair, with administrative oversight by the Library Company of Philadelphia’s Edwin Wolf 2nd Director.
Classification: Exempt
Job Type: Full-Time (35 hours)
Salary: $70,000
Close: Sunday, March 29, 2020


Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) seeks a Managing Director to support its membership and operations. While reporting to the PACSCL Board of Directors, the Managing Director will be based at the Library Company of Philadelphia, who will serve as the employer and provider of benefits.

Established in 1985, the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting its forty (40) library and archive members so they can collect, care for, and share with a world-wide audience, collections that comprise an internationally important body of unique materials for students, scholars and lifelong learners at any level. To that end, PACSCL works with its diverse member institutions of special collections libraries and archives, promoting both a supportive special collections community and leveraging the power of collaborative work through grant-funded special projects. More information on PACSCL’s history and special projects can be found at

With its long-term administrator retiring in Summer of 2020, PACSCL now seeks to hire the organization’s first full-time executive to provide continuity to PACSCL’s steady success and guide the organization to the next phase. The Managing Director will run the membership organization, coordinate grant-funded projects, and promote a special collections community. The new managing director will actively participate in PACSCL’s strategic planning process slated for 2020/2021 and lead the organization’s strategic agenda together with the Board of Directors.  PACSCL is seeking a passionate professional who is ready to optimize the organization’s new administrative structure and build and spearhead the organization’s membership programs and manage external relations. The successful applicant will demonstrate an authentic commitment to libraries, special collections, and archives.  

Essential Job Functions

  • Work with the Treasurer and Finance Committee to oversee fiscal management of the organization 
  • Work with Principal Investigators and Fiscal Sponsors to manage grants and funded projects
  • Work with the PACSCL Program & Member Engagement Committee to develop and maintain informal and formal professional development, training, and networking opportunities. 
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the regional special collections community.
  • Work with the PACSCL Communications Committee to maintain social media platforms and draft newsletters for members and other stakeholders.
  • Support and coordinate work of Board Officers and Board Committees.
  • Travel regularly throughout the region to attend meetings at PACSCL member institutions. Occasional evening and weekend work is expected.


  • Proven success in an administrative, programmatic or management role, in a nonprofit or public sector organization, incorporating operational, fundraising and external relations functions in which the applicant played a direct role in organizational growth. Minimum 3 years preferred. 
  • High-energy person with vision and the capacity to mobilize others towards a common goal. Ability to operationalize ideas is a must.
  • Skilled in working in a collaborative manner to build relationships with multiple external stakeholders, including academic institutions and institutional funders. Ability to navigate complex relationships and lead various members toward a common vision is a must.
  • Effective communicator to multiple and diverse internal and external audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability in fund development, to include being the face of an organization in stewarding funder and donor relationships. Ability to oversee complex grant management and reporting is a must.
  • Managerial expertise including budget management and working directly with a volunteer governing board to include board engagement and board education.
  • Proven experience working with diverse populations, including experience in building bridges to develop relationships, trust and credibility.

Position Type

This is a full-time (35 hour/week) exempt position. Some regional travel and occasional evening and weekend work is expected. Reports to the PACSCL Board of Directors through the Board Chair, with administrative oversight by the Library Company of Philadelphia’s Edwin Wolf 2nd Director.

Physical Demands

Must be able to work at a computer/desk for extended periods of time. Job may entail exposure to fragile, rare historic materials and occasional exposure to high levels of various allergens that sometimes accompany them.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

AAP/EEO Statement:

The Library Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from diverse candidates.

Application Instructions

Please follow these instructions in submitting your application. (1) Combine a letter of interest and resume into a single PDF document, with your surname as the filename, e.g. Surname.pdf  (2) Attach the PDF to an email with the subject line “PACSCL Managing Director” and send to

What better way to celebrate all those members of the House of Representatives in white at last night’s State of the Union address than to celebrate the new collections added to our In Her Own Right Database.

More than 600 new records, representing photos, letters, diaries, school records, and much more, cover women’s activism in medicine, abolition, suffrage, education, and poor relief.

Read more about these new collections at the project blog, and then search the database for individual items.


Two-year initiative headquartered at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). 

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) announced the 2018 awards in its Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program. One of the seventeen funded projects, organized by the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) is “For the Health of the New Nation: Philadelphia as the Center of American Medical Education, 1746-1868.”

“We are delighted that CLIR is making it possible for Philadelphia institutions to showcase the rich medical heritage of our region, particularly as it related to medical education,” said board chair Ronald Brashear (Science History Institute). By engaging all the leading repositories, the project will provide the most comprehensive view of the history of medical education in Philadelphia. “This project fits within PACSCL’s mission to help its members to collect, care for, and share with the broadest possible audience a nationally and internationally significant set of collections. We are grateful to CLIR for supporting this work.”

Project partners for this initiative are The College of Physicians of Philadelphia; The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine; University of Pennsylvania Libraries; Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Collections; The Library Company of Philadelphia; American Philosophical Society; Thomas Jefferson University Archives and Special Collections, and PACSCL. The College of Physicians serves as the fiscal agent, with librarian Beth Lander serving as principal investigator. Kelsey Duinkerken, Jefferson, is the co-principal investigator.

Explained Lander, “Philadelphia is a city of ‘firsts’ in the history of American medicine. Through these ‘firsts,’ the history of Philadelphia medicine is synonymous with the history of American medicine.” The selected time period (1746-1868) documents the development of American medicine from its roots in European traditions to what became a uniquely American system of education.

The initiative will digitize, describe, and provide access to 140,000 pages of lecture tickets, course schedules, theses, dissertations, student notes, faculty lectures notes, commencement addresses, opening addresses, and matriculation records, sharing not only the voices of the medical greats, but also the often unheard voices of students. “Because of physicians’ flow between institutions across the city, this project will allow physically siloed material to be viewed and analyzed in one place for the first time,” noted Duinkerken.

University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Ms. Coll. 225, item 14. No copyright. Manuscript notebook kept by Robert Maxwell, a student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. This particular volume contains Maxwell’s notes on lectures delivered by Benjamin Rush during 1807 and 1808. The front of the volume, pictured here, contains a sketch by Maxwell depicting Rush’s views on the nature of fever.

University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Ms. Coll. 225, item 14. No copyright.
Manuscript notebook kept by Robert Maxwell, a student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. This particular volume contains Maxwell’s notes on lectures delivered by Benjamin Rush during 1807 and 1808. The front of the volume, pictured here, contains a sketch by Maxwell depicting Rush’s views on the nature of fever.

“Here at Penn we’ll be scanning over 800 handwritten medical dissertations done at the medical school before 1828 as well as more than three dozen manuscript student notebooks recording classes with Benjamin Rush and other university medical faculty,” adds Mitch Fraas, Curator of Special Collections at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries’ Kislak Center for Special Collections, Manuscripts and Rare Books. The Penn Libraries’ Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image will conduct the imaging for some partners, as well as for its own collections.

The primary sources in the project document the evolving pedagogy of medicine, from its basis in institutional and independent lectures, through tentative standardization of medical curricula in the mid-19th century. This collection will also allow researchers to read beyond dominant structures in the history of medicine, moving beyond the often hagiographic sources available on medical pioneers such as Benjamin Rush, Benjamin S. Barton, Samuel D. Gross, Thomas D. Mütter, Joseph Pancoast, and Edward Squibb.

“Researchers will be able to tell stories across communities of gender and race, and through topics such as pharmaceuticals and American botany (including homeopathy), pedagogical methods, and the evolution of medical treatment,” says Margaret Graham, Managing Archivist at the Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center, whose records include those of the first degree-granting women’s medical college and the first homeopathic medical school. “For the Health of the New Nation…” will be a new ‘first,’ providing access to a deep corpus of content that will support research against the grain, and across the humanities.

Digitized materials and metadata will be freely available via the participants’ own websites and also via the Internet Archive and/or the Digital Public Library of America.


The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of high learning. To learn more, visit and follow CLIR on Facebook and Twitter.

“In Her Own Right” is one of two projects funded by CLIR in this round that involve PACSCL member libraries. The Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For the full list of awards, see


View of Wolfgram Memorial Library at night

View of Wolfgram Memorial Library at night

The PACSCL Board of Directors recently accepted the membership application of the Wolfgram Memorial Library of Widener University, welcoming the organization as its fortieth member.

“The Philadelphia area enjoys the intellectual and economic contributions of a robust higher-education sector, and the records held at Widener University’s library will add an important new dimension to the history of education in our region,” said Ronald Brashear, chair of the PACSCL board.

“Widener University’s Wolfgram Memorial Library is eager to be part of a regional, professional community that focuses on expanding access to unique materials in special collections and building cooperative programs amongst members,” noted Deb Morley, director of the Wolfgram Memorial Library. “We look forward to working with PACSCL as we further develop and expose our collections, contribute our special knowledge to and learn from this network of regional archives and special collections.”

Double exposure of a funeral procession, described in the caption

Charles Hyatt’s Funeral Procession, 1930. Legend tells us that college photographer Arthur V. Knott takes a picture of cadets training with cannons and fixed bayonets but fails to develop the film. Later, when Gen. Hyatt dies, Knott photographs the caisson bearing the general’s body using the same film. The resulting double exposure creates the effect of cadets guarding the casket of their former president. Widener University Archives.

Adds Jill Borin, University Archivist and PACSCL member representative, “Our archives collect, preserve and share print and digital materials — papers, photographs, scrapbooks, student newspapers, audiovisual items, and memorabilia. These materials relate both to Widener University and its predecessor institutions. Our digital collections, now with nearly 10,000 items, include the history of Widener and its predecessors, as well as the history of Chester, Pennsylvania.” These digital items can be found at . The library utilizes OCLC’s CONTENTdm for digital collections and ANDORNOT’s InMagic database. It collaborates with Widener’s Pennsylvania Military College (PMC) Museum on campus on library-museum projects and initiatives.

The Wolfgram Memorial Library also houses Widener’s Sexuality Archives, including books; journals, magazines, and newsletters; pamphlets; audiovisual materials;  personal papers, and ephemera. The Sexuality Archives are managed by Molly Wolf. For further information, see

The archives are open to all by appointment Monday through Friday, 9-5. The library’s website can be found at

The PACSCL Board of Directors recently accepted the membership application of the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives of the William Way LGBT Community Center, welcoming the organization as its thirty-ninth member.

“Philadelphia has been a city of firsts in the struggle for equal rights for LGBT individuals, and the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives has been instrumental in documenting these efforts.” observed PACSCL board chair Ronald Brashear (Science History Institute), in announcing the Board’s decision. Current PACSCL members, including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Temple University, also have collections that complement those of the Archives.

“The John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives is Philadelphia’s most extensive collection of personal papers, organizational records, periodicals, audiovisual material, and ephemera documenting the rich history of the area’s LGBT community,” said John Anderies, Director of the Archives, whose mission is to collect, describe, interpret, and provide access to publications, personal papers, organizational and business records, audiovisual materials, and ephemera created by, dealing with, or of special interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals. “Our collections include materials from around the world, but preference is given to items that document the lives of sexual minorities in Delaware, New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania.”

The Archives serves a broad range of users, including the LGBT community of Philadelphia and  the Delaware Valley, scholars/researchers from around the world, activists and artists, students from area K-12 schools, undergraduate and graduate students, teachers at area schools, local history researchers, journalists, writers, and documentarians, and William Way LGBT Community Center staff.

Topics represented in the collections include LGBT history and culture, generally; LGBT history in the City of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, specifically; the homophile and early LGBT rights movements; feminism and feminist organizations; and HIV/AIDS and its impact on the local LGBT community. The primary formats collected include manuscripts, printed texts, photographs, graphics, artifacts and objects, textiles, audiovisual materials, artworks, and born-digital materials. The time period of the collection ranges from the 1920s to present, with heaviest emphasis from the 1960s on. The collection is approximately 800 linear feet and growing.

The Archives makes use of ArchivesSpace as an archival management and access system ( and have recently launched an Islandora-based digital repository ( The Archives mounts between 3-4 material exhibitions each year in the Archives Gallery located in the lobby of the Center. Its online exhibit, “Speaking Out For Equality,” is based on the groundbreaking exhibit the Archives mounted at the National Constitution Center in 2014-2015 ( A second traveling version of “Speaking Out For Equality” was mounted in collaboration with the Independence National Historical Park at the Liberty Bell Center during the summer of 2018.
The Archives are open to all by appointment during the general operating hours of the William Way LGBT Community Center ( Monday-Friday, 11 am – 10 pm; Saturday-Sunday, 12 pm – 5 pm).