This is an interesting article from the New York Times about a private company from Maryland that has slowly taken over several public library systems in California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas. The article discusses how the Santa Clarita, California City Council recently voted to allow Library Systems & Services (LSSI) to run the city’s library services.
This raises some disturbing management and public service issues when the CEO of LSSI states that “you can go to a library for 35 years and never have to do anything and then have your retirement.” For someone who allegedly knows so much about operating a library, Mr. Pezzanite clearly has no idea what a librarian does and appears to have his head up his ass. This is a slap in the face to librarians who have a lifetime of education and public service under their belt, as well as to new library graduates all over the country who just finished their MLS/MLIS programs this summer. I encourage everyone reading this post to read the original NYT article (linked above) and find out whether their local public library system has any relationship to this company, represented arrogantly by Mr. Pezzanite.
Here’s a link to the LSSI website.