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I do hold students responsible for returning items in a timely manner.
Fines are charged when students are absent unless they bring me a note
from the office stating they had an excused absence.  Most students
choose to just pay the fine... it's only a nickel a day.  Fine money is
used to replace books that have been lost/stolen/damaged throughout the
year.   I am pretty hard nosed also because I suspend library
privileges until all overdues are returned and fines are paid.  I do
offer a "work off the fine" solution.  Student obligations were so out
of control when I arrived 2 years ago... there were more than 200
students with obligations, and over 100 books that were just
unrecovered.  I knew that had to come to an end, so I implemented some
pretty strict policies, which students are made aware of during library
orientation, and which are posted around the library.  We all know that
doing our job is much more than simply checking out books, we're
working to encourage student responsibility.

Which brings me to the point regarding faculty.  Kay makes and
excellent point with the following statement:  The faculty sets a poor
example. Their items are late and sometimes lost.

What do you do about faculty who don't return items?  Are they charged?
  How do you get your administrator to support faculty accountability?

Thanks for your collective wisdom as always.

C. Ellen Wickham
Library Media Specialist
Bridger 8th Grade Center
18200 E. M-78 Highway
Independence, MO 64057

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