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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!

PASCAL has four standing committees:

  • Catalog Design Committee (CDC) – The CDC provides oversight of, and recommendations for, the cataloging, holdings, and indexing functions of the PASCAL Union Catalog (PASCALCat).
  • Common Collection Committee (CCC) – The CCC provides oversight of, and recommendations for, common 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.
  • Universal Borrowing Committee (UBC) – The UBC works with PASCAL staff  and other standing committees to make the best use of technologies to provide shared access to collections.

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.

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 committee 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.

Who Is Eligible?

Faculty and staff at all PASCAL member libraries are eligible to serve. All faculty and staff members, with all levels of experience, are encouraged to apply.

Why Volunteer?

PASCAL’s committees and task forces are vital to the success of our consortium. These groups depend on the expertise, experience, and talent of the individuals who serve. Active participation from member institutions of all sizes and types is critical to the success of all our working groups.  

Committee service also provides personal benefits. Serving on a committee can be an enriching, exciting experience that enables you to increase your knowledge of our consortium and the academic library community. As a committee member, you’ll expand your network by working with colleagues across the state. You’ll have the opportunity to provide guidance and make recommendations on PASCAL programs and services that affect your library. By serving on a PASCAL committee you will have the opportunity to impact the future of our consortium.

How Do I Apply?

Due to the overwhelming response we are unfortunately no longer able to accept nominations for the 2018-2020 term. Thank you for your interest, please consider volunteering for a committee next year.

If you would like to nominate someone other than yourself, please email Rick Moul. Please include Name, Institution, Contact Information, and Committee of Interest in your email.

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