anytime i add a directory in a .pth file of my c:\python30\Lib\site-packages folder on windows and i try to import from the listed directory in my .pth files, i get an import error that the module does not exist and after importing sys on the windows command line interface and running a sys.path command, the listed directory in my .pth file does not appear in the sys.path list

What is the name of your directory, the name of your path file, and the contents of it?

Check sys.path and see if it contains site-packages. Maybe you mean dist-packages in stead.

Look at something like
PIL.pth
the PIL package directory and it's
__init__.py file