Privatization of Public Libraries – Good or Bad?

I’m passing along a request I received from Colorado’s Library Research Service, where they keep up on important issues for libraries by conducting quick surveys on their website.
“Recently, the New York Times published an article about the privatization of public libraries http://nyti.ms/9b94Ai. This article described the trend in some communities to turn over the management of public libraries to private organizations. In response to this article, library staff engaged in spirited online discussions about whether libraries should be privatized. Taking notice of these discussions, Library Research Service at the Colorado State Library has launched a new 60-Second Survey to get your opinions about privatization.
Do you think privatization is a good option for libraries? How would it impact library collections, services, staff, and patrons? Tell us what you think. Take the survey here: http://surveys.lrs.org/respond.php?sid=165.”

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