RE: AV fines

Barb Bergman (
Thu, 22 Feb 2001 06:17:49 -0800 (PST)

I know I'm preachin' to the choir here, but isn't it amazing how people
think nothing of renting a movie from Blockbuster and paying $3 a day late
fees, but whine if you fine them a dollar on a movie they checked out for


At 05:54 AM 2/22/2001 -0800, you wrote:
>In our public library, we still charge $1 per day. We ALWAYS tell people
>this when they check out, even reminding patrons who have long histories of
>checking out video. However, people are always surprised when they return 3
>or 4 videos 5 days late and have a $5 fine per video. Ouch! However, they
>never have overdue videos again. Some of our staff would like to see this
>changed. I personally think the $1 is a good deterent, but I am in a
>minority. Staff are claiming that even though the parent is the person to
>check out, they punish their children by not checking out videos if there
>are fines. Our ceiling for video fines is $30 or the price of the tape.
>$30 came from the fact that the ceiling for all other materials fines was 30
>days. Hope this helps
>Becky Tatar
>Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
>Aurora Public Library
>1 E. Benton Street
>Aurora, IL 60505
>PHONE: 630-264-4100
>FAX: 630-896-3209
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Barbara Voss []
>Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 12:51 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
>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

Barbara J. Bergman Porter Henderson Library
Media Librarian Angelo State University
ph: (915) 942-2313 Box 11013, ASU Station
fax: (915) 942-2198 San Angelo, TX 76909
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