RE: AV fines

rherbert@lib.usf.edu
Wed, 21 Feb 2001 11:16:54 -0800 (PST)

We wrestle with this as well. Currently, our videocassettes circulate for 1
week to all students, faculty, and staff. The overdue fine is $2.00 per day
per item, with a $10.00 maximum. We don't differentiate between patron
categories regarding who gets fined, but we are ultimately lenient across
the board regarding payment (particularly for "first" and "second
offenders":-)). We really do just want the videos back in a timely way,
primarily because the same collection that circulates is also scheduled
heavily by faculty and students for specific class lectures and
presentations.

While some patrons feel our fines are high (totally understandable, they
are), others who use our services regularly feel that our policies are
reasonable given the uses of the collection. If there was some other way to
insure timely returns, I would love to do away with fines altogether. Of
course, even our fines don't guarantee anything completely, but they do help
with the scheduling.

Rue Herbert
Library Media Center
University of South Florida, Tampa

-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara Voss [mailto:bvoss@pct.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 1:51 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: AV fines

Hi All!!
I know that this concern circulated on this list last summer but I
need to see what policies, regarding late videocassette returns by
students, are in place in other academic libraries.
As it stands now, we charge $1.00 per day per title (no grace
period) with no ceiling on the fine. There is some concern that this
may be a bit harsh and a ceiling on AV fines is in order. Any
suggestions?

Barbara A. Voss
Audiovisual Services Specialist
Pennsylvania College of Technology
One College Avenue
Williamsport PA 17701
Phone: 570 320-2400 1-7774
FAX: 570 327-4503
bvoss@pct.edu