Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lawsuit - USA - Contracting out Library Services/Patron Records to companies ?

I don't understand how a city can contract-out Library Services/Patron Records to a company - especially one on the other side of the USA (Maryland)  when the libraries are in California.
As you'll see from these brief quotes, another city in California did similar contracting out 3 years ago.

Lawsuit in California Stirs Debate Over Patron Records
By Michael Kelley Nov 4, 2010

This concern, expressed by librarians and privacy advocates to Library Journal, has come to the fore in a legal skirmish in southern California, where a nonprofit group, Save Our Library, has sued to stop the city of Santa Clarita from contracting out library services to Library Services & Systems LLC (LSSI) of Germantown, MD.

QUOTE:  ( Red bolding is mine. )
In October, Santa Clarita signed a five-year, $19.1 million contract with LSSI to run the city's three libraries, following an earlier decision by the city council to withdraw from the County of Los Angeles Public Library system.

Jennifer Mellon, the senior management analyst for the city of Moorpark, CA, which contracted with LSSI three years ago, said that when LSSI arrived two things happened: 1) the Ventura county system, to which Moorpark had belonged, transferred the library's online catalog to a system from SirsiDynix of Provo, UT, and 2) patrons of Moorpark had to register anew with the library and that information is also housed by SirsiDynix.

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