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Another library system has begun e-mailing an alert to patrons with overdue books and other materials. Read about it Here from The Record.

\"The way Marian De Caterina, head of Newburgh\'s automated services, sees it, the new system saves the library and its patrons money by getting notices out faster and cheaper. And with Newburgh charging 10 cents a day for books and 25 cents a day for videos, it adds up.\"
It\'s a new service the Ramapo Catskill Library System is using for those who want it, e-mailing an alert to patrons with overdue books and other materials.
Pat Von Ohlen, who works in the Newburgh Free Library, was given a notice last week that she was late in returning a children\'s book.
\"It happens,\" laughed the librarian.
But the library isn\'t using e-mail just to nag you about late books, it\'s also sending friendly reminders that the stuff you have on hold has arrived.
The way Marian De Caterina, head of Newburgh\'s automated services, sees it, the new system saves the library and its patrons money by getting notices out faster and cheaper. And with Newburgh charging 10 cents a day for books and 25 cents a day for videos, it adds up.
Now, tardy readers who voluntarily sign up for the service will get two e-mails and a final paper notice in the mail.
De Caterina says since the system started last month, more than 400 people have signed up for the service out of the 340,000 people in the system.
But not all member libraries have signed up for the service. Out of about 50 libraries in the system, 16 libraries have signed on.

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