ROCKVILLE, Md., May 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its drive to support the Collegedale, Tenn. community, Library Systems & Services has signed an agreement to manage the city's library for another five years. The company and city work together as a public-private partnership under which the city retains ownership of the buildings and contents, while the company oversees the print and multi-media collections, staffing, programs and technology.
"Library Systems & Services brings a national perspective to our library operations but with a small-town touch," says Collegedale City Manager Ted Rogers. "I look forward to continuing the relationship."
From January – March 2016, the Collegedale Public Library had nearly 6,000 visitors, loaned out more than 43,000 items and started a language-learning program for 41 patrons. These results stem in part from efforts to maintain strong relationships with the entire community and involve it in the library.
Says Kelly Hicks, who serves as President of the Friends of the Collegedale Library board of directors, "We love working with the wonderful staff to make the library a central part of our community."
About Library Systems & Services
With public and special library locations throughout the U.S., Library Systems & Services is the only company that manages public libraries through public-private partnerships. Under this model local governments retain control of and maximize use of their assets, while the libraries benefit from streamlined and often lower-cost operations that lead to improved collections, programs, and technology. The broader communities gain an abundance of advantages as libraries become the mechanism that connects groups on a deeper level and provide valuable gathering places that inspire learning and interaction.
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