A few libraries are reopening. Thank goodness.
AP – “The average citizen, when they walk into the library, they will see well-trained, well-educated, customer-service-oriented people working in the library,” said Robert E. Windrow, director of sales and marketing at Library Systems and Services LLC of Germantown, Md., the company managing the libraries. “They won’t know who is paying their salary, and they won’t care. They care whether the library is open adequate hours, and are they getting good service.”
Damian Mann – “Prchal is one of many former Jackson County library workers who are applying for jobs with the private company known as LSSI that will operate the 15 branch libraries that have been closed since April 6.”Damian Mann
Damian Mann – “All 15 libraries in Jackson County could reopen by the first week in November if an outsourcing contract with a Maryland company is approved within two weeks.”
Mark Dahl – “It seems to me that you’d lose some of that local connection to the community by having a library run in a McDonalds style fashion.”
Mail Tribune – “A bare-bones library system could start up as early as November at half the previous cost and for about half the number of hours under an outsourcing proposal approved unanimously Tuesday by the Jackson County Budget Committee.”