Saturday, 2 June 2012

Board recommends Upland not privatize public library - Mercury News - 01/06/12

"The Upland Library Board of Trustees recommended to the city and the Finance and Economic Development Committee to not privatize the library and "provide written rational" to the finance committee and the city council.
The Thursday meeting, which took place in the Upland library's multi-purpose room, came after city manager Stephen Dunn recommended the council allow him to negotiate a contract with a Maryland-based private firm to manage the library.
Board member Renuka Balakrishnan said in Dunn's report, where the city manager recommends the council allow him to negotiate a contract with Library Systems and Services Inc., there was "no guarantee of success by outsourcing to LSSI."

"Sharon McKinley, 70, of Upland said she didn't trust LSSI's for profit motives.
"The library may be less publicly accountable," McKinley said because it's a private company."

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