On my library school listserv I recently encountered an email that said that this article would be of interest: Librarians under new management – Yahoo! News.

Scary article… It basically talks about how, all over the country, many communities are choosing to outsource their libraries to a private, for-profit firm, as they can no longer afford to run the libraries. The private firms make changes such as staff reduction and open-hours reduction. So far, the local governments reserve the right to charge fines and decide other borrowing policies, but the books are chosen by the private firm. Let that sink in. Over time, how will that change how library collections develop? Will there be built-in, hidden-from-the-public censorship? How much do you want to bet?

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