Wednesday, July 27, 2011

For-profit, privately run public libraries: anecdotal vs. actual evidence

Prospect of privatizing Toronto’s library sparks outcry. (Toronto Globe and Mail, 7/21/2011)

Excerpt: The concept of for-profit, privately run libraries is fairly new. But in the United States it is has become an increasingly popular option for cash-strapped cities, and according to the Library Workers Union Local 4948, Toronto could be next.

Here's the actual evidence:
Public libraries in the United States

Still a teeny-tiny market share for LSSI.

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