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New chapter? Stockton, San Joaquin County consider private firm to run libraries

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Posted: Saturday, October 2, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 5:59 am, Mon Oct 4, 2010.

Stockton and San Joaquin County officials are trying to determine if they can get more bang for the buck by having a private company manage the library system.

The county contributes $5 million per year for library services in unincorporated communities, but it's looking to see if it can get more services and hours for its branches.

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1 comment:

  • Emma Wood posted at 2:27 pm on Sat, Oct 2, 2010.

    Emma Wood Posts: 1

    Why doesn't this article report the fact that the Linden, NJ, library ended their LSSI contract early when they realized they would actually be SAVING $300,000 a year? Or that the Fargo, ND, library also ended its LSSI contract on the grounds that LSSI was failing to pay its bills on time. Or that when the Jackson County, OR, libraries re-opened under LSSI they were open less than HALF the hours they were prior to being outsourced. (Oh, except for the Ashland and Talent libraries after local residents actually voted to INCREASE their taxes to pay for addition library hours. Meanwhile LSSI takes their profits back to Maryland no matter what.)

    Do people really want to know why there seems to be nothing but glowing reviews regarding this company that has a virtual monopoly on this industry? Because they force their employees to sign non-disclosure agreements, and their clients are bound by non-disparagement clauses.

    All this information is out there, if you would just take the time to look for it.

    I, for one, am appalled that the decisions regarding what books sit on our local library shelves may be made by a bean counter 2,000 miles away. However, I'm even more appalled that our local media seem content to print whatever this company feeds them.



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