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SLSP Steering Committee Election

The Shared LSP Steering Committee is a standing committee that provides oversight for the Shared Library Services Platform (SLSP). The committee is made up of seven members including five elected members representing each type of institution within PASCAL: research, four year public, four year independents, two year public and independent colleges, and special libraries.

PASCAL is holding a special election to fill a vacancy for the four year Independent institution seat on the SLSP Steering Committee.

The election will be conducted online August 31 - September 11, 2020. All SLSP participating libraries will have one vote and votes will be cast by the Library Representative for each institution. The nominating process and elections are supervised by the Board’s Program Steering Committee.


There are two nominees for the four year independent institution seat:


Betsy Elsner, Reference/ Technology/ ILL Librarian, Anderson University

Betsy Elsner currently works as a Reference/Technology/ ILL Librarian at Anderson University. She has worked at Anderson for the past five years while spending the past couple of years as Migration Lead for Anderson University on the Ex Libris Alma/Primo SLSP project. She currently chairs the Discovery Working Group. As chair, she participates on the Implementation and Management Team.  She recently joined the Consortial Purchasing Committee.  In her early career, Betsy was a member of Pascal’s Universal Borrowing Committee. She is pleased to be nominated to the SLSP Steering Committee and is happy to serve if elected.


Mary Fairbairn, Outreach Librarian, Furman University

Mary Fairbairn has more than twenty years of experience as an academic librarian. She received her B.A. in English and Comparative Literary Studies from Occidental College (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) and her M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina (Beta Phi Mu). She has been an Outreach librarian at Furman University since 1999, a position heavily focused on reference and instruction, but also involving extensive liaison work with her paired departments, which include English, Psychology, Communication Studies, Film Studies, Humanities, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She served on the faculty committee that redesigned Furman’s General Education Requirements, which allowed her to help implement a library research instruction component as a required part of all First Year Writing Seminars. She co-created the ICU: Life in the Library theme for which Furman won the John Scott Dana Award for Library Public Relations, known as one of the most prestigious awards given to libraries. Mary’s particular strengths (as determined by the CliftonStrengths Inventory) are Ideation, Input, Empathy, Intellection, and Adaptability.

Committee Members

Institution Type




Glenn Bunton (Chair)   

University of South Carolina -Columbia

2 Year Public & Independent   

Sasha Bishop

Technical College of the Lowcountry

Special Libraries

Jean Gudenas (Chair-Elect)

Medical University of South Carolina

4 Year Independent



4 Year Public

Heather Gilbert

College of Charleston

PASCAL Board (Ex Officio)

Shannon Brooks  

 Southern Wesleyan University

PASCAL Staff (Ex Officio)

Dianne Schaefer


Shared LSP Collaborative Management

Role & Responsibilities of the Shared LSP Steering Committee


The SLSP Steering Committee is a standing committee that provides oversight for the Shared Library Services Platform (SLSP) and facilitates alignment to PASCAL’s strategic agenda. They will also resolve conflicts and vet high-level recommendations from the SLSP Implementation & Management Team and SLSP Working Groups. The SLSP Steering Committee reports to the PASCAL Board.

Structure and Roles

  • 7-9 people who must be representative of the diversity of the PASCAL member libraries.
  • The PASCAL SLSP Coordinator will serve ex officio.
  • A member of the PASCAL Board will serve ex officio.
  • Members of the SLSP Steering Committee, with the exception of the ex officio members as defined above, may not serve on the PASCAL Board, SLSP Implementation & Management Team, or the SLSP Working Groups.
  • Steering Committee members do not represent their institutions, but rather use their background and experience to inform the team's efforts to work for the good of the entire PASCAL membership.
  • The work of the SLSP Steering Committee should be adjusted by their institution so that consortial work is not seen as “extra”, “volunteer”, or “as time allows”, but rather an important formal assignment.


  • Members of the Steering Committee are elected by the PASCAL membership. Voting procedures are determined by the Board.
  • PASCAL member library staff can nominate themselves for the Steering Committee or be nominated by others.  A nominee’s respective library dean/director will be consulted prior to the proposed member being added to the electoral ballot for the Steering Committee.
  • Based on the nominations, the Program Steering Committee of the PASCAL Board will compile a slate of candidates for the electoral ballot with at least one candidate from each “community of interest” which are:
  1. Research institutions
  2. Four year public institutions
  3. Four year independent institutions
  4. Two year public and independent colleges
  5. Special libraries
  • Each PASCAL member library will complete one electoral ballot with votes being cast by the Library Representative. Each library will vote for the complete slate of candidates, not just candidates from their own community of interest.
  • In their first meeting of the year, the Steering Committee will discuss and mutually agree upon appointing a chair and chair-elect of the Steering Committee. The chair will serve in their position for one year.
  • In the event that a chair-elect is not able to serve as a chair or a chair/chair-elect must step-down, the Steering Committee will discuss and mutually agree upon appointing a chair and/or chair-elect of the Steering Committee, as soon as possible.
  • Each member and their library dean/director or appropriate University administrator will be asked to review the responsibilities and expectations for the Steering Committee outlined in this document and confirm their commitment to serve via email.
  • Members will serve a rolling two years. In the first year of the Steering Committee some members will only serve 1 year. Those members serving 1 year will be determined by lot.
  • Should a Committee member resign prior to completion of their term, nominations for replacement will be sought following the standard election guidelines. Nominations must reflect the community of interest represented by the resigning member. The newly elected member will serve out the duration of the resigning member’s term.

Expectations and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate between the Implementation & Management Team/Working Groups, PASCAL SLSP staff, Library Representatives, and the PASCAL Board, as necessary.
  • Ensure that the SLSP work of the collaborative management architecture is in alignment to PASCAL’s strategic agenda.
  • Work towards developing smooth implementation and migration processes with the Implementation & Management Team.
  • Discuss and make definitive decisions on issues received from the SLSP Coordinator, Library Representatives, and/or Working Group(s) that could not be resolved at the Implementation & Management Team level.
  • Serve as the appeal board for conflicts when the SLSP Coordinator is unable to provide a satisfactory resolution.
  • Ensure that Library Representatives are working appropriately. Work with the respective dean/director to appoint new Library Representatives, if needed.
  • Coordinate with the PASCAL Board and Finance Committee to manage budgetary considerations related to the SLSP, including the purchase of new modules, functionality, services, and/or training as required.
  • Ensure timely and effective communication through all communication channels.
  • Create and disseminate a regular meeting schedule (meet at least twice monthly, either virtually or face-to-face). Ensure that minutes of the meetings are posted to the PASCAL website and distributed via appropriate communication channels. 

If the Steering Committee member also serves as a Library Representative, they will need to understand that in this role, they will be representing the SLSP first and their institution second.  However, when they are doing the work of the Representative, they are doing so with their institution’s best interests in mind.

Communication Methods

Steering Committee members will participate in relevant SLSP communication channels such as email, listservs, webinars, surveys, workshops, etc. Communication is vital to the success of the Steering Committee, and the expectations for communication are outlined below:

  • Communicate through email, listservs, and other communication methods targeted to the Steering Committee.
  • Communicate any decisions made by the Steering Committee to the SLSP Coordinator, the Implementation & Management Team, the PASCAL Board, and/or the Library Representatives as appropriate.
  • Send written updates to the Board at least once a month.
  • Provide updates as appropriate at PASCAL meetings.
  • Ensure that minutes of the meetings are posted to the PASCAL website and distributed via appropriate communication channels. 

Decision Making

The SLSP Steering Committee reviews real and potential conflicts communicated to them via the SLSP Coordinator, Implementation & Management Team, Working Group(s), Library Representatives, and/or staff at PASCAL member libraries. The Steering Committee will consider all options in reviewing the conflict and will actively work to resolve the conflict, so that progress can be made. Their decisions will be communicated to the relevant SLSP stakeholders.

Questions related to finance and governance of the SLSP are the purview of the PASCAL Board. However, the Steering Committee is the decision-making body of last resort for resolving conflicts related to the implementation and management of the SLSP. 

The Steering Committee will coordinate with the PASCAL Board and Finance Committee to contribute to budgetary decisions related to the SLSP, including the purchase of new modules, functionality, services, and/or training as required.


Steering Committee members will be required to attend the following training, as appropriate:

  • SLSP system training as scheduled by the Implementation & Management Team.
  • In-person and/or online training with PASCAL staff. Steering Committee training will convey responsibilities, expectations, workflows, and decision-making parameters. The Steering Committee members will also be set-up on and trained in any communication methods such as listservs, conferencing software, etc.
  • In-person and/or online training and support to existing Steering Committee members as required.


This document is subject to review and change. Revisions of the document will be distributed to PASCAL member libraries through established communication channels.


This document last updated June 8, 2018.

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