Medford, OR - October 7, 2007 - Library Systems & Services, LLC (LSSI) has signed an agreement with Jackson County, Oregon, to reopen and operate the County's 15 library branches, including the 85,000 sq ft Central Library in Medford, under a 5 year contract.
All 15 library branches closed April 7, 2007, after Congress failed to renew funding through the Secure Rural Schools & Community Self Determination Act. That resulted in a $23M annual loss to the County.
On October 1, 2007, LSSI assumed full operating responsibility for all County libraries. All 15 will reopen, most by the first week of November. LSSI is in the process of rehiring as many former library employees as possible because of their institutional and community familiarity and professional dedication. Despite the $27M in operational savings over the life of the LSSI contract, there will be no decrease in the library system's book budget. In addition, cities within the county will have the ability to increase any reduced operating hours of their local branch through contributions from optional local funding initiatives.
"All of our libraries will soon reopen," Commissioner C.W. Smith said. "I never doubted that we'd find a way, and we're more than pleased that LSSI was available as an option. I hope all citizens of Jackson County will join me in celebrating this victory for our community."
"Our taxpayers and their children want our libraries open," said Danny Jordan, County Administrator. "This public/private partnership reopens our doors and lowers our cost, while keeping library assets and programs under the control our citizens. Reopening our libraries means brighter days ahead for Jackson County."
"We're thrilled to be instrumental in returning library services to the citizens of Jackson County," said Frank Pezzanite, Co-Founder and CEO of LSSI. "The County Commissioners and County Administrator have demonstrated innovative thinking and creativity in overcoming a seemingly insurmountable challenge. We're working hard with them to quickly get the libraries reopened."
Founded in 1981, LSSI is the world's premier provider of library management services and solutions to public, government, and academic libraries. LSSI helps communities and institutions across the nation improve their library operations and customer service, accomplish more with their library investment, identify and secure additional grants, leverage library automation and technologies, and create library programs specific to the needs of the local community. More information about LSSI is available at www.lssi.com.