PASCAL is the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries, a consortium of South Carolina's academic libraries together with their parent institutions and state agency partners. PASCAL fosters cooperation on a broad range of issues including shared licensing of electronic resources, universal borrowing, ILS hosting, and affordable learning.
PASCAL member libraries adopted a statement condemning racism and violence at the General membership meeting on June 11th. The statement is important, but it will simply be words on a screen without actions supporting the promise to “use our voices and our resources” to confront the deep problems it identifies. We will use the statement as a point of departure for taking actions and building partnerships within the consortium and with others in our South Carolina library and academic communities to redeem this commitment.
Statement Condemning Racism and Violence
Approved by the PASCAL Membership, June 11, 2020
PASCAL, the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries, stands with our colleagues, member institutions’ faculty, staff, and students who are suffering under racial inequality, and all people of conscience across the country, in condemning violence against Black people and People of Color. In doing so we wholeheartedly endorse the May 28 Black Caucus of The American Library Association’s Statement Condemning Increased Violence and Racism Towards Black Americans and People of Color.
Through our collaboration we will continue to ensure a supportive, information network, creating resource equity for students, faculty, and staff at every member institution of higher learning in South Carolina and will promote a culture of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We will use our voices, and our resources, to encourage all students, faculty, and staff to recognize and address deep and systemic patterns of racism and oppression to build a community that upholds the inherent worth of all individuals.
Last updated April 8, 2020
Due to extended COVID-19 closings and the statewide “home or work order” issued by the Governor on Monday, April 6th, patrons are asked to hold all checked out PASCAL Delivers materials at this time. Please contact your campus library for additional information on local policies.
In response to COVID-19 and library closings at member institutions, PASCAL Delivers service, including requesting and courier deliveries, was suspended statewide on March 16, 2020.
Beginning Friday, March 20th, all PASCAL staff are working remotely, in accordance with the executive order issued by Governor McMaster on March 19th. Although our physical office is closed, staff remain ready and available to assist you. Staff contact information is available, here.
As the PASCAL community responds to COVID-19 and moves to remote learning and library services, we are compiling resources that may be helpful to you and your faculty: https://pascalsc.libguides.com/news/COVID-19_resources
For the latest updates from PASCAL, please visit: https://pascalsc.libguides.com/news/COVID-19.