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Good morning all! 
A little background before I get to my question: I have inherited a bit of a 
mess. Due to poor health, the previous LMS missed a good portion of last 
year. As a result, the teachers did the best they could with checking out 
materials. A substitute was finally hired, but the end result was a ton of 
missing materials. It's been very difficult to track anything down. The list 
of excuses is endless..."I never had that book." "The substitute said he 
found it." When it comes right down to it, I have little leverage in 
recouping our losses from last year. Basically, I've written those materials 
off as a loss.
Given last year's situation, I'm having a difficult time in changing the 
attitude regarding overdue and missing materials. So, wise ones, here are my 
How do you encourage students to recheck/return materials in a timely 
What is your procedure for notifying students of overdue materials, and how 
do you maintain student confidentiality? 
How often do you send out notices? 
If you charge a monetary fine for overdue books, how much do you charge? Is 
this a daily fine, weekly fine, etc? If students pay the fine, but never 
return the book, does the fine amount paid count towards the replacement 
cost of the book?
Please respond off list. As always, thank you in advance. Your assistance 
and wisdom is greatly appreciated!

Joy Doggett 
Library Media Specialist
Vinita High School
Vinita, OK

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