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, 2020-2021

  • John Anderies (chair), John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives at William Way LGBT Community Center
  • Sara Borden, Rowan University
  • Derick Dreher, the Rosenbach
  • Susan Glassman, Wagner Free Institute of Science
  • Matthew Herbison, Drexel University College of Medicine

Finance Committee

This standing committee, in consultation with the treasurer and staff, provides financial oversight, including annual budget development and monitoring and balancing PACSCL’s short-term and long-term goals and responsibilities

Membership, 2020-2021

  • Alexis Antracoli, Princeton University
  • Margaret Graham (chair), Drexel University
  • Katy Rawdon, Temple University
  • Will Fenton, The Library Company

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The PACSCL DEI Committee is charged with strategizing for and developing opportunities to build a more diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist PACSCL. This work is intended to apply to PACSCL itself, its member organizations and their staff. The Committee strives to understand the broader issues of diversity and equity and how these issues impact our work and the users we serve. You can contact the committee at dei@pacscl.org.

In collaboration with the members of PACSCL and Managing Director, the Committee will:

  • Assess PACSCL’s current environment, structure, and governance practices to ensure that its activities, funded projects, communications, programming, and services are in line with the Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
  • Collaborate with the Nominations and Governance Committee to facilitate diversity in PACSCL participation at all levels, especially in leadership, Board membership, and committee membership
  • Identify barriers and encourage recruitment as well as retention of underrepresented people in the library and archives profession in this region by providing support and guidelines for equity in the workplace
  • Engage PACSCL members in meaningful programming that facilitates conversations and action
  • Recommend practices, including those specific to descriptive work, collecting, access, public services, and accessibility and provide resources to help foster a culturally competent, knowledgeable member base
  • Be an avenue for PACSCL organizations and their staff to share their thoughts on this topic and to be a catalyst for putting those ideas into action

Membership, 2020-2021

  • Beaudry Rae Allen, Villanova University
  • Kathryn Antonelli, Temple University
  • Faith Charlton, Princeton University Library
  • Rachel D’Agostino (co-chair), Library Company of Philadelphia
  • Jesse R. Erickson, University of Delaware
  • Margaret Huang (co-chair), Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Simon Ragovin, Drexel University
  • Heather Isbell Schumacher, University of Pennsylvania, Stuart Weitzman School of Design 
  • Armando Suárez, Princeton University

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. You can contact the committee at communications@pacscl.org.

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, 2020-2021

  • Katie Carey, La Salle University
  • Sophia Dahab, Library Company of Philadelphia
  • Tristan Dahn (web manager), Library Company of Philadelphia
  • Sarah Horowitz (chair), Haverford College
  • Josue Hurtado, Temple University
  • Alex Japha, Lehigh University
  • Lynn Ransom, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Emma Sarconi, Princeton University

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. You can contact the committee at programs@pacscl.org.

Membership, 2020-2021

  • Lois Fischer Black, Lehigh University
  • Caitlin Goodman, Free Library of Philadelphia 
  • Matthew Herbison, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Sarah Newhouse, Drexel University
  • Allison Olsen, University of Pennsylvania
  • Leslie O’Neill, Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Kayla Van Osten, Widener University
  • Heather Willever-Farr (chair), La Salle University