February 17, 2018

LSSI Veteran to Head Texas State Library

After a year-long search, Texas welcomed a Mark Smith as the new state librarian last week. But with a background that includes 14 years as a vice-president of Library Systems and Services, Inc. (LSSI), the native son’s return to Texas libraries makes some librarians uneasy. Others, though, think Smith’s unconventional CV could be an asset.

Judge: Simi Valley Can Privatize

On July 6, Judge Henry Walsh ruled that Simi Valley legally left the Ventura County Library system in December, according to The Ventura County Star. That means the town doesn’t have to abide by a Calfornia state law that took effect in January, which would have required Simi Valley to show cost savings before privatizing […]

LSSI Gets Its First Contract in Florida

By Andrew McIntyre In a move that is predicted to save $1 million or more annually, one central Florida county will soon outsource management of its branch libraries to Library Systems & Services (LSSI), a private, for-profit company based in Germantown, MD. The Osceola County Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 on December 12 to […]

California Bill Targets Outsourcing of Library Services

The California State Assembly passed a bill (AB 438) Friday that would make it more difficult for cities to outsource library services. The vote, on a mostly party line, was 41 to 25. The League of California Cities and Library Systems & Services LLC, a Maryland-based outsourcing firm, have testified against the measure, which now […]

More On LSSI

COMPANY BACKGROUND LSSI was founded in 1981 by CEO Frank Pezzanite, who developed the MINI MARC minicomputer cataloging system while at Informatics, Inc., and his wife, Judy Pezzanite, a librarian and the company’s COO. Since the Reagan-era push for privatization, the company has done library project and management work for several federal agencies, including the […]