The PACSCL Mission & Vision Statement

Adopted by the Board of Directors April 26 2019

Vision Statement
PACSCL and its member institutions are recognized globally for the depth and broad accessibility of their unique materials, and make the Greater Philadelphia area a preeminent center for engagement with special collections.

Mission Statement
PACSCL members collaborate to make their collections broadly available. PACSCL supports joint projects, promotes professional standards, and fosters the special collections community.

Four key challenges / focus for the future

  1. Through sustainable consortial initiatives, strengthen members’ ability to preserve and provide access to an internationally-significant body of collections
  2. Strengthen the PACSCL community and foster collegiality through improved member communication and access to information on member activities, training opportunities, best practices, etc.
  3. Reach 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
  4. Strengthen PACSCL’s organizational structure and funding in order to sustain project outputs and provide appropriate technological infrastructure

Membership. PACSCL members are Philadelphia-region special collections libraries that are able to participate in public programming by maintaining a professional staff to serve the public; adhere to best practices standards of stewardship and access; and demonstrate a commitment to advancing PACSCL’s collaborative mission by an ongoing willingness to participate in PACSCL’s programs, activities, and governance.