It seems that Suffolk library users are the guinea pigs in an experiment. Library staff in the county have been asking their senior management questions about the plans to divest libraries to communities and getting answers.
This Q&A from earlier this month is from about 60 closely typed pages which have been released as a result of a Freedom of Information request:
Can you tell us of any examples in other industries or government where this rather fragmented model of service delivery runs successfully?
(reply 14/3/11) This is a novel approach, developed in Suffolk. Other library services have put libraries into community control, but have not attempted to retain them in a network of service points.
This is the penultimate response in the documents (it is less confusing to read them from the bottom) which contain a lot of information which is likely to be useful to any group making an expression of interest in running a library.
The PDF documents can be downloaded here. Q&As July-Nov 2010 and Q&As December 2010- March 2011. They are also available at Wikisuffolk. I will be reading them carefully and posting other extrcacts in the next few days.