Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Privatizing Libraries

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Privatizing Libraries

Article excerpt

Privatizing Libraries. Jane Jerrard, Nancy Bolt, and Karen Strege. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 72 p. Paper $45 (ISBN 978-08389-1154-9).

This short but concise book discusses the core issues surrounding the privatization of public libraries. From the beginning to the end, the reader is presented with strategic directions and pointers for library employees, the community, and other stakeholders considering privatization of their library. The authors explore the meaning of privatization, from a historical perspective to the most recent definition, making a clear distinction between privatization and outsourcing: "Privatization is the shifting of library service from public to private sector through transference.... [whereas] "outsourcing involves transfer to a third-party or outside vendor" (1). In addition, the authors explain various policies on privatization of public libraries given by the American Library Association (ALA) and several state library organizations. Such policies often differ. "ALA opposes the shifting of policymaking and management oversight of library services from the public to the private for-profit sector" (2), but two states' library organizations (New Jersey's and Massachusetts's) endorse privatization if the process adheres to certain essential stipulations. California, by contrast, has privatized some of its library systems but still "believes [that] public libraries are a . …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.