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The Selling of the Public Library: It’s Not Just “Outsourcing,” It’s Privatization

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This article addresses assumptions that encourage library privatization, including:

  • Assumption #1: The private sector can — and will — do it better and cheaper.
  • Assumption #2: The private sector accountability to the marketplace is more effective than government bureaucracy.
  • Assumption #3: Libraries have always outsourced, and managers should be free to employ this very useful tool.