October 2006 – Library Systems and Services (LSSI) has been selected by the City of Leander, TX to staff and operate its new library.
Boasting an impressive 18,000 sq. ft., the new Leander Municipal Library will be attached to a building that houses two large conference rooms and a new coffee shop. The meeting rooms and the coffee shop will be available for use even when the library is closed.
LSSI played an integral role in the interior design and layout of the new library. They also assisted in the acquisition of the automation and fresh technology for the library. "LSSI's level of professionalism made the transition very easy," said Leander's City Manager, Anthony "Biff" Johnson. "They will also be instrumental in the fund raising area," he said.
In addition to managing the day-to-day operations, under the terms of the 5-year contract, LSSI will also ensure that when the doors open, the new library is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. This will include patron self-charge stations, 22 public access computers and T-1 wireless Internet access for patrons who bring their own laptops. Additionally, the library will issue new cards with magnetic stripes, which will allow patrons to use them as debit cards for copying and printing needs. LSSI plans to keep the library open 74 hours per week, an increase of 50%, providing patrons the opportunity to access the new library during more convenient times. The City of Leander plans to a hold a Grand Opening ceremony in mid-November.
"There is a tremendous amount of support and enthusiasm in the community surrounding the new Leander Library," said Frank Pezzanite, President and CEO of LSSI. "We at LSSI are honored and excited to be a part of the library's future growth and success."
Founded in 1981, LSSI is the world's premier provider of library management services and has built its reputation by providing more efficient and effective ways to manage new and existing library operations. LSSI's management services are uniquely tailored to each individual library and are available on a short-term or long-term basis depending on the library's specific needs.