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Every community is unique. Library services should be too. We’re here to answer questions and help you understand how the LS&S model can support your community.
- Lower library operation cost
- Budget stability and predictability
- Enhanced library services tailored to community need
- Local control and governance
- Library experts with decades of experience
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What are library managed services?
LS&S library experts partner with community leaders to strategize, develop and deliver excellent library services in alignment with community goals. LS&S manages day to day library operations with a focus on resource and service optimization. Library staff are supported by back office professionals with decades of experience. The community maintains ownership of the library and all of its assets – from the building to the books and digital materials to the furniture and technology.
Does the community still own the library?
Yes. The community maintains ownership of the library and all of its assets – from the building to the books and digital materials to the furniture and technology. LS&S provides day-to-day operation of the library.
Are LS&S-operated libraries different from other public libraries?
LS&S operated libraries offer the same access and services as any public library; anyone can visit to check out books and materials, use computers and technology and participate in programs—all for free. LS&S honors and serves in alignment with the core values of public librarianship. Like all public libraries, LS&S operated libraries submit statistics annually to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
What are the biggest advantages of library managed services?
LS&S helps communities enhance library service through additional offerings, more hours and/or lower costs. Libraries becomes part of a nationwide consortium with all the strength, resources and service excellence that implies. Communities get access to valuable resources that would typically not otherwise be available, large discounts on books, materials and technology and a national perspective of library programs and proven success. Library staff get to focus on direct patron service thanks to professional back office support staff and access to a large peer network for sharing and development.