Membership in PACSCL is an investment in the combined strengths and skills of the special collections profession in the Philadelphia Region, and in the communities we serve. Current PACSCL members are listed at https://pacscl.org/pacscl-member-libraries/.
PACSCL membership is by institution, not by individual. PACSCL strives to be open and inclusive (see our Statement on Diversity and Inclusion) and we recognize that there are many professionals in the area with experiences, knowledge, and skills that could enrich our understanding and activities. We welcome all interested individuals to participate in certain aspects of our operations, even if they are not affiliated with a PACSCL member institution. However, setting PACSCL’s strategic direction is a responsibility reserved for our member institutions who have chosen to invest in our community.
Staff of member institutions additionally can…
advise or serve on a working group for a particular limited-term project or event
serve as their institution’s PACSCL representative, a role which includes the responsibility to vote in PACSCL elections and participate in strategic discussions about PACSCL’s priorities and future
participate in consortial pricing discounts (for example, an online public access catalog (OPAC) or Archive-It web archiving software)
explore shared storage solutions (e.g. OPENN, Dark Archiving)
How can my institution join PACSCL?
To join PACSCL, institutions must have…
Publicly accessible collections and services.
An active collection development program.
Appropriately organized (e.g., staff, services, facilities, etc.) as a library or archive.
A distinct and recognizable special collections focus: rare books, manuscripts, and works of art on paper (prints, photographs, maps, etc.).
Ability and willingness to contribute to PACSCL and participate actively in its projects and programs.
Eligibility for 501(c)(3) or comparable status.
Please contact PACSCL Managing Director Beth Lander at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application form. Applications will be reviewed by the PACSCL Board at their next meeting (five per year).
How much does membership cost?
PACSCL member dues structure underwent an intensive reevaluation process in 2018-2019, directed by Fairmount Ventures Consulting and a committee of PACSCL representatives from a broad spectrum of institution types. The new dues structure was implemented in 2020. Fairmount Ventures, the PACSCL Transition Committee, and PACSCL Board agreed that due to the wide diversity of institution types, sizes, structures, and resources, that the most equitable solution was a sliding scale based on full-time equivalent (FTE) special collections staff.
PACSCL dues tier
Special Collections staff
Annual dues to PACSCL
0 – 2.5 FTE
3 – 4.5 FTE
5 – 9.5 FTE
10 – 19.5 FTE
For detailed guidelines on how to calculate your FTE count, please contact PACSCL Managing Director Beth Lander at email@example.com.