[Library Media] Overdue and Lost Library Book Fees

Lanell Rabner lanell.rabner at nebo.edu
Wed May 10 11:47:34 MDT 2017


At Springville High School I do not charge any fines for overdue books. My
experience has been that kids don't pay them and don't return the book
either. I just want my books back and not charging fines seems to get me
more books back. However, I do charge for lost books and that can keep a
kid from walking at graduation or registering for school during the summer
time.

~lanell rabner
Librarian
Springville High School

On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 11:15 AM, Heather Anderson <
heather.anderson at juabsd.org> wrote:

> Do any of you stop charging fines when it gets to a certain dollar amount?
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> On May 10, 2017, at 10:43 AM, Shay Walton <Shay.Walton at loganschools.org>
> wrote:
>
> In a high school setting, I have found that fines do help in getting
> materials back to the library for other students to be able to check them
> out. I charge a very small, $0.05 fine. I send out fine notices often and
> because the daily fine is so small it doesn't add up to much, but is still
> an incentive for high school students to return their items. They are
> charged for lost or damaged books as well. I'm very flexible with how I
> collect fines however. For example: If a student has a 35 cent fine and
> only has 25 cents, I often take what they have, waive the extra, and call
> it good. Students who are trying to be responsible, still get to be
> responsible, but it makes things more relaxed. I also try to know my
> students enough that if I know that they are trying to get books in on time
> but they really can't pay the fee, then I don't charge them. If they offer
> to help in the library instead of paying their fee and are comfortable
> about it, I take them up on that, but I don't usually put it out there as
> an option myself. Students have to pay their fees by the end of the school
> year to take part in final student checkout and receive their yearbook. I
> waive any fees that are under $2.00 at the end of the year, but require any
> that are more than that to be paid.
>
> Shay
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> >>> Heather Novotny <hnovotny at mcgillisschool.org> 5/10/2017 10:30 AM >>>
> We don't charge fines, but parents are expected to pay for lost or damaged
> materials. I personally don't think fines are a good idea in a school
> library. Fines in the public library settings I've worked in were justified
> internally as being necessary to secure the return of materials, and did
> not have any expectation of teaching the public responsibility. If you view
> fines through that lens (which I think is professionally appropriate) then
> fines are unnecessary in a school situation where all materials are called
> back annually. Make sense?
>
> What we are doing is notifying parents twice of when books are due, and in
> the second notice we say you will be billed for the lost materials on the
> last day of school unless you make prior arrangements with the parents. My
> first notice (gently worded over a million revisions) goes out Friday. But,
> the students all know that books are due at the end of the year, and
> materials are already trickling in. From reports I'm running, about 10% of
> our collection is currently checked out, and I've got 84 items lost from
> inventory. Should be OK, right?
>
> best,
> Heather
>
>
> Heather Novotny
> Librarian
> The McGillis School
> 668 South 1300 East Salt Lake City, UT 84102
> hnovotny at mcgillisschool.org
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> *From: *Sarah Herron <Sarah.Herron at slcschools.org>
> *To: *"library-media at lists.uen.org" <library-media at lists.uen.org>
> *Sent: *5/10/2017 9:38 AM
> *Subject: *[Library Media] Overdue and Lost Library Book Fees
>
> Hello!
>
>
> Chris Haught from SEDC asked me a question about how UT school libraries
> handle lost and/or overdue book fees. Chris said, “I searched and found a
> lot of opinions and district policies, but nothing definitive. I once was
> told that it was illegal to charge elementary school students for lost
> books, and even fines because they were too young to enter into a contract.”
>
>
> Any ideas on this topic? We would love to hear your input.
>
>
> Thanks!
>
>
> Sarah Herron
>
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> *Sarah G. Herron*
> Conference Chair, Utah Educational Library Media Association
> Library Technology Teacher, M. Ed.
> East High School
> 840 South 1300 East
> Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
> *Email: *sarah.herron at slcschools.org
> *Phone:    *801-583-1661 x2202 <(801)%20583-1661>
> *Fax:*         801-584-2927 <(801)%20584-2927>
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Lanell Rabner, MLS
Librarian
Springville High School
1205 E. 900 S.
Springville, UT 84663
lanell.rabner at nebo.edu
801.489.2870
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