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|Monday, September 27, 2010|
A Maryland company that has taken over 15 libraries in ailing Jackson County is now adding the libraries of San Clarita, Calif. to its roster.
Library Systems & Services is in the business of rescuing public libraries in impoverished cities, but San Clarita is relatively healthy.
A $4 million deal to run the three libraries here is a chance for the company to demonstrate that a dose of private management can be good for communities, whatever their financial situation. But in an era when outsourcing is most often an act of budget desperation — with janitors, police forces and even entire city halls farmed out in one town or another — the contract in Santa Clarita has touched a deep nerve and begun a round of second-guessing.
Read more at the New York Times.
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