ROCKVILLE, Md., July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Library Systems and Services (LS&S) has signed an agreement to continue providing support to Redding and Shasta County, California libraries until 2021. The company has worked with Shasta Public Libraries since 2007, providing strategic, technical, and operational support. The public-private partnership with LS&S has given Shasta Public Libraries solid footing following a history of closed branches and low ratings for per capita funding.
"Library Systems & Services engineered much of the turnaround because of its expertise in managing collections, technology, staffing, outreach and grant funding," says Peggy O'Lea, executive director of the Shasta Library Foundation. "Results speak for themselves: the Redding branch operates at 60+ hours a week, while the city could only run it at 40 hours and for more budget."
The improved cost structure led the City of Redding and Shasta County to invest more into their libraries, and the partnership with LS&S "leverages the community's investment to provide more and better opportunities for our residents," observes Kim Niemer, director of community services and contract manager for the City of Redding.
Data confirms that library usage and efficiency has skyrocketed with LS&S handling operations. Shasta Public Libraries has 12.19 library visits per capita versus California's average of 5.88 and it's done on a budget of $12.23 per capita vs the state average of $49.89. The cost per visit is just $1, the lowest in the state.
Moreover, LS&S's methodology ensures that these libraries will remain a valuable community resource.
"Like many communities, Shasta County has a strong, committed Friends of the Library group that volunteers time and effort to champion our public library system," says Jan Filomeo, president of the Friends of Shasta County Libraries. "I've seen firsthand how LS&S and our group have come together, made improvements to programs and put the library's interests first. Continuing this relationship will be a positive step for 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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