Outsourcing plan halted at libraries

Source: Hillary Chester, Prince Williams Times, June 30, 2016

Prince William County staff have ceased their search into outsourcing the management of the library system. In a 7-1 vote at the Prince William Board of County Supervisors meeting on June 21 the board decided to cease efforts looking into outsourcing the libraries following their closed session. … Gainesville Supervisor Peter Candland, the champion of the idea, was the lone dissenting vote. “I believe, it is our responsibility to look at all options,” Candland said before the vote. Candland proposed outsourcing the libraries’ management at the board’s April 19 meeting. He raised the option as a way to save approximately $3 million during the board’s budget season. …

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Efforts to privatize library management ended
Source: Potomac Local, June 23, 2016

A plan to seek requests for proposals to outsource the management of Prince William County’s Public Libraries is dead. The county’s Board of Supervisors voted 7-1 on Tuesday to kill the measure proposed this past spring by Gainesville Supervisor Peter Candland. He gave the dissenting vote. …

Library outsourcing: Is $3 million worth the worry?
Source: Hillary Chester, Prince Williams Times, May 18, 2016

Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland brought up the idea as a way to save money. The vice chair of the board said that the county had been approached by a company, later identified as LSSI, to help outsource management and that he had spoken with its representatives. According to the Candland during the April 19 meeting, the county would still own its 11 libraries. … The board did not agree to include outsourcing into this year’s budget at their April 19 meeting, but they did vote 7-1 to move forward with the a review of a RFP proposal. The RFP will return to the board for consideration on June 21. … In FY15 alone, there were 2,958 programs and special events held in the libraries that 105,615 people attended which equals to 246.5 programs and special events a month. For 11 libraries, two of which cost $14 million and $11 million to build, with 291 full-time and part-time employees, the library system’s proposed budget for FY17 is $16.9 million. The net general tax support is $13.8 million. … Gilman’s email also revealed the money saving aspects of the volunteers. The system currently has more than 300 active volunteers, as of April 2016, that save the library $609,996 in salaries year-to-date. Privatizing would reduce the number of volunteers and services. …

What is cut if Prince William library management goes private?
Source: Potomac Local, May 9, 2016

Could a plan to outsource some library operations save millions? The majority of the members of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors want to find out. The Board approved issuing a request for proposals (RFP) from private companies who would bid on taking over the daily management operations of the county’s 11 library branches. Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland said he’s “done homework” and spoken with such a company that could provide management services. The move could save as much as $15 million over the next five years, he added. … Gillman estimates a move to privatize management services could mean a 22 percent reduction in the the library system’s budget. That could amount to fewer new library books and materials purchased, fewer programs for children and adults, and shorter operating hours — things library patrons asking for more of, said Gillman. … By the books, the Prince William County Public Library System employs 208 full-time positions. Many of those are part-time jobs.  Last year, the library system’s adopted budget was $17.4 million, up 19% over the past five years. …