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Jason Fenimore <[log in to unmask]>
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Jason Fenimore <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:34:15 -0400
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Actually, I don't believe that Ruth was going to tell the titles the
offending parties had checked out but only the amount of replacement and the
person's name (which is harsh but may be the only way in some cases).

I might recommend that the warning you send out go first to the patrons with
the long overdue materials with a caveat explaining where you intend to
publish and when--giving sufficient time for conscience to kick in. There is
also a big possibility that many of the patrons no longer live at the
address you have.

The amnesty idea is a good one. We do it here every October: if a patron
brings in a non-perishable food item their fine is erased. We then give it
to our local food pantry. It has been very successful; averaging 600-700 lbs
of food and a check (for those who don't have any fines but just want to
help--and there are many) that's usually above $500. It gives me hope that
not all is lost every year we do it.

I hope you come up with some solution that is beneficial to you-and if it
is, please let us know because you've hit on a problem that is universal to
public libraries (the academics have it easy--they just don't graduate the
offending students)

Jason Fenimore
Reference Librarian
Louis B. Goodall Mem. Library
952 Main St.
Sanford, ME  04073


-----Original Message-----
From: Maine Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of Bernie Alie
Sent: Monday, September 29, 2014 5:31 PM
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Subject: Re: [MELIBS-L] Question about overdue materials


Privacy!  Privacy!  Privacy!!

As upset as we are at our materials being gone, as librarians we are
supposed to uphold the value of privacy.  By all means, get those warning
letters and bills sent to the offending party, but it goes against ALA
Guidelines to publish what someone has borrowed from a library.  This is
true for adults and children.  Fantasize all you want, but don't post that
list anywhere!!

Bernie Alie
Youth Services Librarian
Kennebunk Free Library

Quoting "Ruth Blake" <[log in to unmask]>:

> Hi all,
> The trustees and I discussed the large amount of overdue materials we 
> have and are trying to come up with a way to get a lot of them back. 
> We are considering issuing a warning, to be sent out by letter to 
> anyone with overdue materials, published in the local weekly, sent to 
> the newsletter list, and posted on our Facebook page. It would 
> announce that an amnesty period will be offered, during which overdue 
> materials will be accepted without penalty (fines). At the end of that 
> time, a list will be posted at the library for anyone to see (and at 
> the Town Hall if possible). The list will include the person's name 
> (adults only, not children) and the monetary value of replacing the 
> materials the person is holding onto. We hope this will bring pressure 
> to bear on the people involved and get them to return the items to get off
the list.
> Have any of you ever done anything like this? How did it go. Does 
> anyone see any legal or other negative consequence to the library?
> Thanks very much for any input!
> Ruth Blake
> Waterboro Public Library

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