Format: Webinar, original date August 28, 2019
Hosted by: NCompass Live, Nebraska Library Commission
Length: 1 hour
Libraries have traditionally charged overdue fines for 3 reasons: to generate revenue, get materials back on time (and at all), and teach responsibility. But what if all of these assumptions are wrong? It turns out they are! In this webinar, learn why these reasons are old fashioned—and just plain incorrect—notions that create a real barrier to using the library for many people, and how ditching fines leads to an increase in library use and circulation, with no negative effects. It’s a win-win for your library and community!
In this session, Beth and Meg review the research and results from the growing number of libraries across the country that have ditched late fines and coaxed new and former users to their doors. They share talking points, tips, and an advocacy tool you can use to build a case to eliminate fines in your library. At the end of the session, you will feel inspired and well-equipped to gather your library's data and patron stories and advocate for ditching late fines at your library in order to provide more equitable service.
Presenters: Beth Crist and Meg DePriest