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November 13, 2010 / Raffy Pekson II

Operations of Public Libraries Outsourced to Private Enterprise

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Anger as a Private Company Takes Over Libraries
By DAVID STREITFELD
Published: September 26, 2010

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — A private company in Maryland has taken over public libraries in ailing cities in California, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas, growing into the country’s fifth-largest library system.

Now the company, Library Systems & Services, has been hired for the first time to run a system in a relatively healthy city, setting off an intense and often acrimonious debate about the role of outsourcing in a ravaged economy.

Read more at The New York Times

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