New chapter? Stockton, San Joaquin County consider private firm to run libraries
The Sun City branch is part of Riverside County's library system, run by Library Systems and Services, Inc., based in Maryland. Stockton and San Joaquin County will consider a contract with the private firm.
- Anonymous website questions LSSI's involvement with county
A website consisting of links from people opposing a proposal
for either the city of Stockton or San Joaquin County to contract
with a private firm to oversee library operations has been
The name of the group is "http://www.keepssjcplpublic.webs.com">Keep Stockton-San Joaquin
County Public Libraries Public," but it doesn't identify who
posted the website. The webmaster is someone who identifies herself
only as "Miss Information Connector," and her e-mails to the
News-Sentinel give only that name.
When a reporter asked who is behind the website, Miss
Information Connector responded by e-mail, "All of the links and
letters are verifiable. They all lead back to information available
on the Internet. The website is a holding place for information
— News-Sentinel staff
- What LSSI is offering San Joaquin County
- Up to 47 percent more hours. Thornton's hours would increase
from 22 hours per week to 36, reopening on Wednesdays. It would
remain closed on Sundays and Mondays. Countywide (except for Lodi),
hours would increase from 356 per week to 524.
- Improved customer service and technology; new supplemental
- Sharing resources with such agencies as Riverside, San
Bernardino and Inyo counties, which are under the LSSI system.
- Securing untapped funds and to write grants.
- To operate libraries in San Joaquin County at the direction of
city and county officials and leaving library policy as the city's
and county's discretion.
- No censoring of materials purchased by the library system or
lent to library patrons or Internet restrictions.
"Any policy relating to these issues is established by the city
or county," according to LSSI's website.
— Source: Library Systems and Services, Inc.
- Stockton-San Joaquin County branches
- Mountain House
- Five in Stockton
Note: The Lodi Public Library is city owned and is not involved
in the LSSI proposal.
— Source: Stockton-San Joaquin County Library
Posted: Saturday, October 2, 2010 12:00 am
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.
Saturday, October 2, 2010 12:00 am.