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Beth M. Lander


(PHILADELPHIA PA, July 9, 2020)–The Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) today announced the appointment of Beth M. Lander as its first managing director, effective August 3, 2020.

“We are thrilled that Beth Lander will be joining PACSCL,” explained William Noel, PACSCL Board Chair and John T. Maltsberger III ’55 Associate University Librarian for Special Collections at Princeton University Library, in making the announcement. “She brings to the position a portfolio of skills and experiences based on more than two decades of librarianship that will allow her to shepherd PACSCL to a new era of service to its members and to its publics in the greater Philadelphia area and beyond.” Lander will report to the PACSCL Board of Directors through the chair.

Prior to accepting the PACSCL appointment, Lander served for six years as the College Librarian/The Robert Austrian Chair, at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, a member of PACSCL since its founding. During this period she oversaw the integration of its library and museum object catalogs into a unified “Digital Spine,” and developed a robust social media presence for the Historical Medical Library. She also collaborated with the College’s celebrated Mütter Museum on a number of exhibitions and public programs. Additionally, Lander has experience in managing consortia as the current Treasurer of Medical Heritage Library, Inc. (MHL), a collaborative of international special collections libraries.

“Beth rose to the top of a very strong candidate pool,” noted Search Committee Chair and PACSCL Vice Chair Celia Caust-Ellenbogen (Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College). Lander’s appointment was the result of an extensive search process that included, in addition to a five-member search committee, PACSCL’s full board of directors, all committee chairs, and several staff from the Library Company of Philadelphia. The Library Company will host the managing director administratively, and as COVID precautions allow, physically. “We are immensely grateful to the Library Company – one of PACSCL’s founding members – for providing a home for PACSCL again, as it has done in the past” Caust-Ellenbogen said.

As managing director, Lander will actively participate in PACSCL’s strategic planning process slated for Winter 2020 and lead the organization’s strategic agenda together with the Board of Directors. She will optimize the organization’s new administrative structure, build and spearhead the organization’s membership programs, and manage external relations.

“I am eager to serve an organization that I’ve admired in my years of working for some of its member libraries. I look forward to advancing PACSCL’s mission as it develops to meet the needs of its partners and of our broader communities in these challenging times.” noted Lander.

The Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries is an organization of 40 rare book and manuscript libraries and archives in the greater Philadelphia area.  PACSCL supports joint projects, promotes professional standards, and fosters the special collections community. PACSCL works with its members to develop sustainable consortial initiatives that strengthen members’ ability to preserve and provide access to an internationally-significant body of collections. It also strengthens the PACSCL community and fosters collegiality through improved member communication and access to information on member activities, training opportunities, best practices, and related activities. Finally, it reaches out to the worldwide community of scholars (in the broadest sense, from senior researchers through K-12 students, area residents, and lifelong learners) to provide increased awareness of PACSCL and PACSCL member collections and programs. For additional information on PACSCL, visit its website at or follow it on Facebook and Twitter @PACSCL .