PALMDALE – On December 5, the Palmdale City Council voted 5-0 in favor of awarding a contract to Library Systems & Services, LLC (LSSI) to operate the Palmdale City Library.
Under the public-private partnership agreement, the library will remain in the public trust, managed by the City of Palmdale and operated by LSSI.
“Our family of experienced library professionals is excited to join the City of Palmdale in this new chapter of its public library,” said Ron Dubberly, CEO of LSSI. “The public-private partnership is an excellent solution for library patrons and will enhance the quality of life so many of the residents in Palmdale have grown to expect.”
Under the new LSSI proposal, the hours of operation will increase by 41%, allowing the library to reopen seven days per week.
Under the new LSSI proposal, the hours of operation will increase by 41%, allowing the library to reopen 7 days per week; maintain the current book and materials budget at more than $200,000 per year; re-establish vital programming for children and young adults; reduce overall operations cost by approximately 5%, and provide more professional growth opportunities for the existing staff.
Leading up to the vote, city officials worked closely with members of the library community, including professional staff, library trustee board members, and Friends of the Library volunteers to demonstrate the benefits of partnering with LSSI.
Founded in 1981, LSSI provides library operation services and solutions to public and government libraries.
LSSI helps communities and institutions improve their library operations and customer service, accomplish more with their library budget, identify and secure additional grants, leverage library automation and technologies, and create library programs specific to the needs of the local community. To learn more about LSSI, visit www.lssi.com.
(Information via press release from Library Systems & Services.)