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, 220-2021

  • Sara Borden, Rowan University
  • 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

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

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The PACSCL DEI Committee strategizes and develops opportunities to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive PACSCL. This work is intended to apply to PACSCL itself, its member organizations and their staff, and our collections.

Membership, 2020-2021

  • Beaudry Rae Allen, Villanova University
  • Kathryn Antonelli, Temple University
  • Faith Charlton, Princeton University Library
  • Jesse R. Erickson, University of Delaware
  • Margaret Huang (co-chair), Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Nicole Joniec (co-chair), Science History Institute
  • 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

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
  • Emily Guthrie, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library
  • Sarah Horowitz (chair), Haverford College
  • Alex Japha, Lehigh University
  • Adrianna Link, American Philosophical Society
  • 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

Membership, 2020-2021

  • Lois Fischer Black, Lehigh University
  • Caitlin Goodman, Free Library of Philadelphia 
  • Matthew Herbison, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Hillary Kativa (co-chair), Science History Institute
  • Sarah Lewis, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
  • 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 (co-chair), La Salle University