On December 9th, the new Citizens Public Library Advisory Committee met at City Hall. In attendance were Deputy City Manager and Director of Administrative Services Darren Hernández, the thirty-seven citizen committee members, group facilitator and LSSI’s President of Public Library Management Operations Ron Dubberly, various City and LSSI staff, and a small contingent of citizen observers. Introductions were made by City Manager Ken Pulskamp, Mayor Marsha McLean and Mayor Pro Tem Laurie Ender, though I don’t believe any of those three remained for the entirety of the committee meeting.
Committee facilitator Ron Dubberly repeatedly referred to the text The New Planning for Results: a streamlined approach, by Sandra Nelson (for the Public Library Association; American Library Association, Chicago and London, 2001) as his template for running the Library Planning Committee. Dubberly handed out worksheets and graphs from the book, and the committee’s first task was an exercise from the book.
In order to better understand Mr. Dubberly’s trajectory for our committee, I, too, am reading The New Planning for Results, Continue reading
A Letter from Don Ricketts:
As more and more problems develop, questions emerge, and the price tag goes up, it is clear that the library questions were not well thought out in the rush to ram this through. At this point it all needs to be re-considered, transparently. Perhaps–after full and careful consideration of the pros and cons–by the voters with a yes or no vote on the following:
1. Shall the City of Santa Clarita withdraw from the Los Angeles County Public Library and purchase the libraries from the County that are within the City’s boundaries?
2. If the City of Santa Clarita withdraws from the Los Angeles County Public Library, shall it contract with Library Systems & Services, LLC, for operation of the libraries purchased from the County?
SOL and Mr. Shain would dismiss the lawsuits if the City will submit the questions to the voters.
The October 18 2010 contract between the City and LSSI allows LSSI immediate access to the confidential data you gave the library when you got a library card, along with your borrowing and computer usage records.
Call, write, e-mail Supervisor Antonovich and ask him stop this now:
Supervisor Michael Antonovich
23920 Valencia Blvd, Suite 265
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
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Save Santa Clarita Libraries has been provided with a copy of the LSSI/City of Santa Clarita Library Takeover contract.
The contract can be viewed in its entirety here.
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