A private company in Maryland has taken over public libraries in ailing cities in California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas, growing into the country’s fifth-largest library system. Now the company has been hired for the first time to run a system in a relatively healthy city, setting off an intense and often acrimonious debate about the role of outsourcing in a ravaged economy, reports the New York Times. A $4 million deal to run the three libraries in Santa Clarita, Calif., is a chance for the company, Library Systems & Services, to demonstrate that a dose of private management can be...

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