Guidelines for Membership

PACSCL membership is by institution, not by individual. If you are a current or new staff member of a PACSCL member institution, you are welcome to attend our general meetings and to sign up for the PACSCL member Google group. Member staff may also participate in the life of PACSCL in other ways. To sign up for the Google group, email Laura Blanchard. To participate in other ways, talk with your PACSCL member representative. 

The following represent general guidelines for evaluating potential institutional members of PACSCL. These guidelines are intended to provide structure and direction but do not preclude other considerations as well.

  1. Eligibility for 501(c)(3) or comparable status.
  2. Publicly accessible collections and services.
  3. An active collection development program.
  4. Appropriately organized (e.g., staff, services, facilities, etc.) as a library or archive.
  5. A distinct and recognizable special collections focus: rare books, manuscripts, and works of art on paper (prints, photographs, maps, etc.).
  6. Ability and willingness to contribute to PACSCL and participate actively in its projects and programs.

PACSCL dues are on a sliding scale, based on size of special collections library budget. Dues for 2018:

Less than $350,000
$350,000 – $750,000
More than $750,000

Organizations wishing to join should download the membership application form, which is available as a Microsoft Word document (see attachment link below). It may be returned via regular mail or email. Questions should be addressed to PACSCL’s executive director, Laura Blanchard. Membership applications are considered at the Board of Directors meetings (February, April, August, and November). Dues are prorated for libraries joining after July 1 and not assessed until the next year for members joining after November 1.