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Guidelines for Membership

As part of its ongoing self-study project, PACSCL is examining its membership guidelines and is not currently accepting new member application. To be added to a list to receive the new guidelines when they are complete, send e-mail to lblanchard@pacscl.org.


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

  1. Location within the greater Philadelphia area.
  2. Eligibility for 501(c)(3) or comparable status.
  3. Publicly accessible collections and services.
  4. An active collection development program.
  5. Appropriately organized (e.g., staff, services, facilities, etc.) as a library or archive.
  6. A distinct and recognizable special collections focus: rare books, manuscripts, and works of art on paper (prints, photographs, maps, etc.).
  7. 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

Less than $350,000
$1,200
$350,000 - $750,000
$1,400
More than $750,000
$1,600

In addition to regular membership, associate membership, at reduced rates, is available for libraries that have smaller budgets and organizational structure or that are outside the Greater Philadelphia area. [details]

Organizations wishing to join should contact PACSCL's executive director, Laura Blanchard. Membership application is by letter; applications are considered at the quarterly Board of Directors meetings (March, June, September, December). Dues are prorated for libraries joining after July 1.

 

 

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