Committees and Working Groups

PACSCL committees and working groups strive to be useful to all members of the PACSCL community, provide advice to the PACSCL board as needed, and work with PACSCL membership to implement its ideas. 

PACSCL projects, such as grants and digitization initiatives, are managed by working groups consisting of the principal investigators, project staff, and other participating libraries as needed.

Nominations and Governance Committee

This standing committee advises the board on issues of governance, including periodic review of PACSCL’s governing documents and policies and supervision of the nominations and election process for board candidates.

Membership, 2019-2020

  • Derick Dreher, the Rosenbach
  • Susan Glassman, Wagner Free Institute of Science
  • Matthew Herbison, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Janine Pollock (chair), Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Eric Pumroy, Bryn Mawr College

Communications Committee*

The PACSCL Communications committee develops, determines and implements strategies to encourage better communication among PACSCL member staff. The committee is also charged with increasing awareness of PACSCL materials and programs both within and outside the nexus of PACSCL membership. Topics of concern to the committee include: branding, reputation (of the organization and member organizations) and engagement. 

In order to facilitate this work, the committee, in consultation with the Executive Director:

  • Oversees PACSCL social media (Facebook, Twitter) and develops a coherent and consistent social media strategy
  • Manages major communication tools for the organization such as the PACSCL website, newsletters, and member event calendar
  • Reviews communication channels and evaluates how/if they meet the needs of the PACSCL community in fulfilling the committee’s commitment to engagement, branding, and reputation. 
  • Develops resources for PACSCL staff and Board on general public relations.

Membership, 2019-2020

  • Katie Carey, LaSalle University
  • Monica Fonorow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Emily Guthrie, Winterthur
  • Sarah Horowitz (chair), Haverford College
  • Adrianna Link, American Philosophical Society
  • Arielle Rambo, Library Company of Philadelphia
  • Lynn Ransom, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Emma Sarconi, Princeton University
  • Kristina Wilson, Curtis Institute

Program and Member Engagement Committee*

The Program and Member Engagement Committee advises the board on programmatic guidelines, member engagement and outreach strategies, identifies additional service needs, and plans and implements events and opportunities of interest to PACSCL membership. 

Membership, 2019-2020

  • Faith Charlton, Princeton University
  • Anne Downey, American Philosophical Society
  • Caitlin Goodman, Free Library of Philadelphia 
  • Matt Herbison, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Hillary Kativa (chair), Science History Institute
  • Sarah Lewis, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
  • Sarah Newhouse, Drexel University
  • Lynn Ransom, University of Pennsylvania
  • Emily Shartrand, University of Delaware
  • Heather Willever-Farr, Lasalle University

* The PACSCL Board formed the Communications and Program and Member Working Groups in 2019, and will recommend that these working groups be formalized as Standing Committees with the next revision of PACSCL’s By-Laws.