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When a student returns a book with damage, how do you decide whether
you're going to repair or charge the student to replace it?  Do you
primarily consider the percentage of the book that's been damaged?  The
type of damage (water, torn page, dog attack, chocolate pudding?)  The
amount of time that will be needed to make the book useable again?  The
price or age of the book?  The remorse shown by the student?   


We don't charge for every little thing, and of course there's such a
thing as normal wear and tear.  If I threw out every book that had torn
pages, a battered spine, crayon marks, water warping, a stray chocolate
stain, or a couple of toothmarks from a dog, this place would be pretty
empty.   However, I sometimes wonder if students assume that it's OK to
mistreat library books because, after all, the library is full of
mistreated and repaired books. 


I'm just wondering where other people draw the lines - this is one of
those things that didn't get covered in library school, and this is the
only place I know to ask questions like this!  :-)

Sara Reinders, LMS
Ada Christian School

Ada, MI

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