Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Millington library wants to end contract with private operator - The Commercial Appeal - 3/12/12

A window into the world of LSSI!


"Library officials in Millington want to cut ties with their private operator and create a library services department in the city.
Sue Nan Hartley, chair of the Millington Library Board, told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday night that LSSI has been helpful over the years, but recently has boxed them in, limiting what books they can order and what equipment they can purchase.
"LSSI is making it very hard for the Millington Public Library to be the Millington Public Library," Hartley said. "I call it the cookie-cutter approach. We're not Germantown or Collierville. We do things a little different out here."
Hartley recommended that the board end its contract with LSSI this month, in time to give the company the required 180 days notice. Standing next to her in support Monday night was Brian Miller, director of the Millington Public Library and LSSI employee.
Miller said LSSI has repeatedly denied the Millington library's requests for specific books because they weren't on the company's approved list. And he said, the contractor has made it difficult to get electronic books and requires the library to purchase equipment from specific companies, even if it's cheaper somewhere else."

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