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Jackson Board Signs Contract with LSSI

Magazine article American Libraries

Jackson Board Signs Contract with LSSI

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After a sometimes contentious meeting October 4, trustees of the Jackson-Madison County (Tenn.) Library signed a management contract with Maryland-based firm Library Systems and Services, commonly known as LSSI (AL, Oct., p. 9). The company's services were expected to begin November 1, one day after the official retirement date of current library director Thomas L. Aud, who has opposed the plan.

Aud, who attended the meeting, drew attention to several "misleading statements" in board member Robert Huffman's summary of the library staffs bid to improve services, which was submitted as a counterproposal to outsourcing management to LSSI, the Jackson Sun reported October 5. He added that, in contrast to LSSI's undisclosed charges, the current staff could offer services for a "zero percent" management fee, a comment that produced a standing ovation from some in the audience.

Charles Doss, cochair of Citizens Against Privatization, a newly formed group that claims to have a petition with 2,000 signatures contesting the plan, asked the board, "With all the discrepancies and all the people here [against privatization], why don't you stop this whole mess and forget LSSI? …

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