The New York Times tells the story of a private for-profit company named L.S.S.I. that takes over public libraries mainly from struggling cities, removes the cost from the city, improves them, and then gives some cash back to the communities. Of course, everyone immediately complains about it.
Some L.S.S.I. customers have ended their contracts, while in other places, opposition has faded with time. In Redding, Calif., Jim Ceragioli, a board member of the Friends of Shasta County Library, said he initially counted himself among the skeptics.
But he has since changed his mind. “I can’t think of anything that’s been lost,” Mr. Ceragioli said.
The library in Redding has expanded its services and hours. And the volunteers are still showing up — even if their assistance is now aiding a private company. “We volunteer more than ever now,” Mr. Ceragioli said.
Don't you hate it when you get expanded services and hours??? One guess on who is opposing the privitization:
Frank Ferry, a Santa Clarita councilman, dismisses the criticism as the work of the Service Employees International Union, which has 87 members in the libraries. The union has been distributing red shirts defending the status quo. “Union members out in red shirts in defense of union jobs,” Mr. Ferry said.
Surprise, surprise. I just love the ballsyness of it all. Privatizing public libraries. I like it as much as the idea of privatizing public parks.
The private sector: doing jobs government just can't do.