ALA affirms that publicly funded libraries should remain directly accountable to theAmong the many issues involved in privatization, the ALA enumerates several key areas of concern:
public they serve. Therefore, the ALA opposes the shifting of policymaking and management oversight of library services for the public to the private for-profit sector.
--Quality of library servicesAdditional information on the privatization and outsourcing of public libraries can be found on the ALA web site. Keeping Public Libraries Public (June 2011) is also available online.
--Loss of local community control
--Loss of control of tax dollars
--Loss of community involvement with foundations, nonprofits, and Friends groups