According to the article in this issue from Watchdog.com, California cities who have contracted with Library Systems & Services (LSSI) have realized significant savings in costs of operation.
However, in the past few months the California legislature has passed a bill which severely limits the ability of cities to turn over the operation of their public libraries to LSSI or similar firms. This was done because of lobbying from a public employees union.
According to Ron Dubberly, CEO of LSSI, whom I talked with in Seattle (WA) at the ALA Midwinter Conference, the law turned out to really affect only two cities, an apparent mistake by the union lobbyists. But no fear: they …
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Publication information: Article title: Political Clout. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: Library Administrator's Digest. Volume: 48. Issue: 2 Publication date: February 2013. Page number: 15+. © BCPL Foundation Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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