A troubled California library system will continue to be run by a public entity, as two votes held Tuesday rejected overtures from a private, for-profit company to operate the system, even as the firm, Library Systems & Services, LLC, began eyeing cash-strapped libraries in Great Britain.
The San Joaquin Board of Supervisors and the Stockton City Council both approved a new agreement that will preserve a hybrid arrangement whereby the city contracts with the county to run the Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library, a partnership in effect since 1910. The votes were a rejection of LSSI's bid to manage the 12-branch system.
"Libraries are at the foundation of our democracy. We are proud of our local leaders for saying no to privatizing our public libraries," Vince Perrin, president of the Friends of the Stockton Library, and Sylvia Kothe, chair of the Concerned Citizens Coalition, said in a joint statement emailed to LJ. "We…
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