Tuesday, 20 March 2012

And the shortlisted bidders for the Croydon/Wandsworth library contract are.....!

Have just heard that LSSI are one of the shortlisted bidders for the Croydon/Wandsworth library contract, along with Civica, Essex CC, Greenwich Leisure Trust and John Laing.

LSSI are a US based private library company who have recently set up office in the UK with a view to gaining 15% of the market.
Civica - "Civica supplies libraries with managed services and computer systems automating stock ordering, lending and tracking systems including the supply of remote access to library catalogues. Civica manages the library systems for the Government of Singapore’s Future Schools initiative. In the UK, Civica provides tailored library services for the eleven library services that are members of the South East Library Management Services (SELMS) consortium – with over three million library users in the region. In total, the group manages over 1,500 libraries world-wide." Wikipedia
Essex CC currently manage the library services for Slough and Southend & Thurrock.
Greenwich Leisure Trust are bidding to manage Greenwich Libraries but their plans have been halted see http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/lewgreen/9555486.Conflict_of_interest_allegation_halts_Greenwich_libraries_transfer/r/?ref=rss
John Laing Integrated Services Ltd run Hounslow libraries which is currently the only UK public library service under private contract.

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