“There’s this American flag, apple pie thing about libraries,” said Frank A. Pezzanite, the outsourcing company’s chief executive. He has pledged to save $1 million a year in Santa Clarita, mainly by cutting overhead and replacing unionized employees. “Somehow they have been put in the category of a sacred organization.”
The company, known as L.S.S.I., runs 14 library systems operating 63 locations. Its basic pitch to cities is that it fixes broken libraries — more often than not by cleaning house.
It does seem strange, at first, to hear this happening to public libraries. Given the 21st century importance of information, I guess it was a matter of time before someone discovered this potential.
The outsourcing argument is a diversion; the job are not being shipped overseas. The libraries still need employees. It looks like the status quo is too expensive to maintain.