Vineland Residents Call Out Plan to Privatize Public Library

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A new proposal to outsource library management brought more than 200 people out to the Vineland Public Library Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, September 28th.

Library Systems and Services from Rockville, Maryland, presented a plan to take over the management of the library and by doing so save the South Jersey municipality as much as $350,000 over five years.

While the company has said that this is not privatization and that the library will always be public, free, and will always employ local staff, 33 of the 35 residents who spoke at last night's meeting were against the plans of a takeover.

No official action was taken last night.

LS&S operates 83 libraries nationwide.

Vineland would be its first one in New Jersey.

Read: Cataloging Changes: Privatizing the Vineland Public Library

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