Mar 29 2012

privatized libraries

by at 11:16 am under library news

A recent article from Atlantic Cities wonders Are Privatized Public Libraries So Bad?

“The bulk of the lower costs, both for the city and LSSI, comes from cutting the benefits previously afforded to librarians. Santa Clarita’s library staff has been removed from the state’s pension plan, and must instead contribute to a 401K.”


“In a 2010 New York Times article, then-LSSI chief Frank A. Pezzanite argued that public libraries are “all about job security. That’s why the profession is nervous about us. You can go to a library for 35 years and never have to do anything and then have your retirement. We’re not running our company that way.””

This sounds just awesome for the employees, most of whom probably entered this line of work because they wanted to, you know, help people.  I often wonder why we have lost the sense that we all deserve better from our employers, that the end result should be pensions for all rather than pensions for none.

The article doesn’t even raise the issue that maybe some aspects of life should not be subject to market imperatives and the need to continually make money.

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