October 27, 2021

Florida: Lake County Kills Possibility of Outsourcing Library Services

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Facing another tough budget year, Commissioner Jimmy Conner had suggested looking into outsourcing the library services, which Osceola County did last year to save money. But that prospect was voted down this week.

“It’s our obligation to look at things like this. It doesn’t mean I support them,” Conner said during the meeting, which drew dozens of library volunteers and supporters opposed to outsourcing. Some wore red-colored shirts that read “Save Our Libraries.”

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But commission Chairwoman Leslie Campione argued the library system operates efficiently and a private company isn’t needed to manage the six county branches. Instead, Campione and fellow commissioners instructed county staff to continue to look for other ways to trim the library’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. She said all departments likely will have to cut 7 percent.

“If we had a problem with the system itself, I would say start looking at operational issues. But we don’t have a problem. We have a wonderful library system.

Read the Complete Orlando Sentinel Article

See Also: Elsewhere in Florida…
Sumter may privatize library operations (5/18/2013)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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