[Library Media] Overdue and Lost Library Book Fees

LynnDell Watson lynndell.watson at millardk12.org
Wed May 10 11:52:00 MDT 2017


I do the same thing at Delta High School that Lanell does at Sprinville
High School and it has been very beneficial to our library.  I am glad to
hear that I am not the only one not charging fines.

LynnDell Watson
Librarian
Delta High School

On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 11:47 AM, Lanell Rabner <lanell.rabner at nebo.edu>
wrote:

> 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?
>>
>>
>> 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
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> >>> 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
>>
>>
>>
>> *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
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> *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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>> librarians, I'm always impressed by their sheer awesomeness."   - Neil
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> Springville High School
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LynnDell Watson
Delta High School
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