South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium records

Identity elements

Reference code

IC 106

Level of description



South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium records


  • 1981-1999 (Creation)
  • 1981-2004 (Creation)


3 cubic feet (6 boxes)

Name of creator


Administrative history

South Central Academic Medical Libraries (SCAMeL) is a consortium of libraries that serve medical schools. Libraries from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas make up the group. It was formed in the early 1980s, with bylaws first approved in April 1983.

SCAMeL’s mission is to empower member libraries to better meet the educational, clinical, research, and community engagement priorities of their institutions.

Content and structure elements

Scope and content

This collection contains the records of the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL) from 1981-2013, with the bulk dating 1981-2004. Many of the records relate to or appear to have been gathered in preparation for the semi-annual SCAMeL Board of Directors meetings. Examples of documents included are bylaws, agendas, meeting minutes, budgets, member surveys, correspondence, and reports from various groups. Also present are data and discussion on various library programs such as interlibrary loan supported by the organization or otherwise of interest to members.

In the early portions of the collection, there is discussion of the rationale for creating the organization, as well as its role relative to other entities. The TALON (Texas Arkansas Louisiana Oklahoma New Mexico) Regional Medical Library Program is frequently referenced.

Coordination of collections and services across libraries is a theme throughout the collection. There are materials regarding topics such as Interlibrary Loan, the Union List of Serials, the Cooperative Acquisitions Program, and the Nonprint Media Catalog. Similarly, a group of records in the second series focuses on the work of the Serials Advisory Committee, Information Resources Committee, and Collection Development Group.

System of arrangement

The collection arrived in what appear to be two distinct groupings. Most of the records arrived in three-ring binders organized by year. The materials in each binder have been transferred to archival folders and the years have been noted. Larger binders have been divided into two folders labeled "1 of 2" and "2 of 2." There were two different binders labeled "1989." A smaller portion of the collection arrived in office folders. These tended to be smaller groupings of records with more specific labels. The overall arrangement of these records was less clear, but their order has been maintained. A note accompanying at least some of these office folders indicated they were identified as SCAMeL records when someone retired.

Conditions of access and use elements

Conditions governing access

This collection is open for research.

Physical access

The collection is in good condition.

Technical access

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright restrictions may apply. Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the repository, McGovern Historical Center.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Acquisition and appraisal elements

Custodial history

Immediate source of acquisition

Three large records boxes arrived at the MHC on August 26, 2022. Sent by Kristy Reynolds, Manager of Administration and Document Services at the UTSouthwestern Medical Center Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center on behalf of the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information


Regular accruals are expected.

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Notes element

General note

Specialized notes

  • Citation: South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium records; IC 106; McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library.
  • Processing information: Initial processing upon accession by Matt Richardson, October 2022

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Archivist's note

Matt Richardson, October 2022

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