[library-media] Students who leave school still owing books

Jeri Albrecht jeraldene.albrecht at jordan.k12.ut.us
Wed Dec 2 12:25:41 MST 2009

This seems to be a problem everywhere. At Bingham the student is supposed to
have a library signature to properly check out. When the student leaves
without checking out with us and they have a large fine over $5.00 or books
out on their account, I go into the students file and find phone numbers and
addresses. We first try phone contact, if that fails to get a response we
then send out letters. This process has helped in recovering some of our
books but doesn't succeed in all cases. Anyone out there with a better idea?

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[mailto:library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] On Behalf Of Caryn McGinty
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 12:17 PM
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Subject: [library-media] Students who leave school still owing books

Once again this morning we have a student who dropped out and never returned
the two books she borrowed. Both of them, of course, were very popular ones
with long lists of students waiting to read them. This happens every week or
two, where someone either drops out or transfers to another school and
doesn't ever return their books. It makes me so irate! Because of financial
troubles with our district I literally do not have a budget this year, so I
can't just replace any books that walk away. Now all those students who were
waiting to read those two books will be disappointed. 

Kids at this high school are supposed to check out with everyone before they
leave, but many of those who owe books either skip library checkout or
simply don't bother to check out at all. There seems to be no recourse. I'm
just told, with a shrug, "Well, they're already gone so there's not much we
can do about it now."

Is that true? Or is there something that can be done? In my high school and
university if you owed anything at all you couldn't get your transcripts, so
you couldn't transfer or graduate. But that was in a different state, as
well as several years ago. How on earth do you prevent this from happening?
Or, when it happens, how do you rectify it?

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