[Library Media] Overdue and Lost Library Book Fees

Chris Haught chrish at sedck12.org
Wed May 10 13:44:12 MDT 2017


Love the idea of using it for that!

On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 1:42 PM, Sydna Graf <sydna.graf at jordandistrict.org>
wrote:

> For those of you that don't charge fines, how do you pay for extras in the
> library? My fine money goes right back to the kids in the form of candy and
> other prizes, books for my book club, and any other extras. I make sure to
> tell the students that in my orientation and also in emailed fine notices.
> I think it makes students and parents feel better about paying fines. I am
> also flexible. If I know a student can't pay a fine, I excuse it.
>
> On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 12:51 PM, Crystal Hansen <crystal.hansen@
> jordandistrict.org> wrote:
>
>> I also charge .10 per day for fines with a maximum of $5.00 per book.
>> I've considered getting rid of late fines, but I feel that they do motivate
>> students to bring books back on time and to learn personal responsibility.
>> I'm always willing to work with kids who have been sick, etc. and am
>> flexible, but I do agree that aside from the responsibility angle, it gives
>> other kids the chance to use library materials instead of having them MIA
>> all school year.
>>
>> Crystal Hansen
>> Herriman High School
>> Library/Media
>>
>> On Wed, May 10, 2017 at 11:52 AM, LynnDell Watson <
>> lynndell.watson at millardk12.org> wrote:
>>
>>> 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>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> "Librarians are the coolest people out there, doing the hardest job
>>>>> out there on the frontlines. And every time I get to encounter or work with
>>>>> librarians, I'm always impressed by their sheer awesomeness."   - Neil
>>>>> Gaiman
>>>>>
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>>>>> Heather Anderson
>>>>> Media Specialist
>>>>> Juab High School
>>>>>
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>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Lanell Rabner, MLS
>>>> Librarian
>>>> Springville High School
>>>> 1205 E. 900 S.
>>>> Springville, UT 84663
>>>> lanell.rabner at nebo.edu
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>>> LynnDell Watson
>>> Delta High School
>>> Media Specialist
>>> 435-864-5612 <(435)%20864-5612>
>>> lynndell.watson at millardk12.org
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