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Volunteer for a PASCAL Committee

PASCAL committees and teams are vital to our consortium. The success of these groups depends upon broad based and active participation from member institutions of all sizes and types. If you are interested in shaping the future of PASCAL and its services, this is a great time to get involved!

Committee members serve a two year renewable term with a limit of two successive terms. New appointees begin their service on July 1st of each year. The number of volunteers needed for each committee varies depending on the terms of current members.

Task Forces are created to accomplish specific tasks as charged by the Board of Directors and are dismissed upon completion of the task. Task Force members typically serve for the duration of the task force.

Per our committee guidelines, PASCAL seeks to include representatives from all types of member institutions --public colleges, research universities, technical colleges and private colleges and universities - on all committees. Therefore, when appointing new members the expertise of potential appointees as well as composition of the overall group will be considered. 

Individuals accepting appointments to a PASCAL committee or other teams are expected to participate fully and actively in the work of the committee, including regular attendance at meetings. Typically, groups conduct the majority of meetings via conference call or Zoom. However, committee service may require one or more in-person meetings throughout the year.

Serving on a PASCAL team involves a commitment of time and effort. Individuals considering committee service should consult with their supervisors and, if necessary, seek their prior approval before volunteering.

PASCAL is seeking volunteers to serve on the following standing committees for the term beginning July 1, 2020:

  • Affordable Learning Committee (ALC) – The ALC will expand awareness of affordable learning principles, practices and opportunities through training and professional development for current member libraries. It will investigate modalities for expanding affordable learning initiatives in the state through pilot and/or demonstration projects it identifies as promising.
  • Collaborative Collection Committee (CCC)- The CCC is responsible for the oversight of, and recommendations for, PASCAL collaborative collection planning, programs, practices, strategies, and assessment.
  • Consortial Purchasing Committee (CPC) – The CPC has been responsible for advising and coordinating content purchases since 2001, for both purchases using state funds and institutional (opt-in) funds. They provide oversight of, and recommendations for, content most appropriate for acquisition.  
  • E-Book Collection Committee (ECC) – The ECC is responsible for coordination, implementation, and evaluation of the PASCAL shared e-book program. This initiative includes both licensed and purchased content. The committee will investigate vendors and models that may be beneficial to members. The committee will also identify policies, procedures and best-practices to create a relevant, valuable collection and to facilitate meaningful use of the resources.

Faculty and staff at all PASCAL member libraries, with all levels of experience, are encouraged to apply. Committee members serve a two year renewable term with a limit of two successive terms. The deadline to volunteer is Friday, May 22, 2020.


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