Outsourcing the local library can lead to a loud backlash. (Stateline, 8/1/2011) Thanks to Mark Arend for sharing.
Excerpt: Last month, three public libraries in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita ditched the L.A. County public library system, the biggest in the nation. To save money, they turned instead to a little-known but fast-growing private competitor, the Maryland-based Library Systems and Services International (LSSI).
Hardly anyone in the general public realizes it, but LSSI, which runs 68 branch libraries in California, Kansas, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas, is now the fifth largest library system in America.
I'm stickin' with the 13 library systems and 63 branch operations that LSSI notes on its website.
Public libraries in the United States
For-profit, privately run public libraries: anecdotal vs. actual evidence. (7/27/2011)
Santa Clarita Mayor eventually trumpets the library's LSSI connection. (7/4/2011)
Bill passed by California Assembly sets up roadblocks to public library privatization. (6/4/2011)
LSSI's fairly pathetic track record. (3/4/2011)
Camarillo sez goodbye to Ventura County, hello to Library Systems. (10/26/2010)
Privatizing @ your library. (9/27/2010)