Overdue Book

Disgruntled library patron ready for court

Disgruntled library patron ready for court
He insists he returned several books in April 2010 by their due date. The Cudahy Family Library says he didn't. At the moment, Herle is on the hook for a $114 fine, plus $152 in restitution to the library.

"I am not responsible for their errors. Nor will I ever, for any reason, compensate them for their incompetence," he said in one of several lengthy emails he sent to me. He's invoking the Constitution and a couple of its amendments, not to mention probable cause, due process, equal protection, you name it.

Cracking Down On Overdue Materials

Mark Gillespie of The Plain Dealer writes that libraries across Cuyahoga County are turning to collection firms to recover materials as that is claimed to impact budgets more than outright theft of materials.

To put the location in context, Cuyahoga County is home to the Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cleveland Public Library which rank among the largest public library systems in the US. The corporate offices of Overdrive are located in the service territory of Cuyahoga County Public Library. A report by the Ohio Department of Development is available as a PDF file [CAUTION: Direct link to PDF] that speaks more to the socio-economic background of the community.

Overdue Charles Darwin book returned to library 122 years late

If you're like me (and you know you want to be) you never get sick of the overdue book stories!
Overdue Charles Darwin book returned to library 122 years late
A stamp inside the first edition copy showed that the book had been borrowed more than a century ago, on January 30, 1889.

Investigations have found that the book had been in a private collection for 50 years before being handed to a local university, whose employees passed it back to the library.

200-year-old library book returned to Camden

200-year-old library book returned to Camden
The worn leather book might be riddled with tiny wormholes and have pages that are yellowed by time.

But two centuries after being part of Camden’s very first lending library, Oliver Goldsmith’s 1790 “History of England, Vol. 1,” has come home at last to the delight of astonished local librarians.

[Via SMFC]

Do It Online

You can order holds online, read books online, review and discuss them online and now, in Seattle, you can pay your overdue fees and printing & copying charges online as well. Seattlest reports:

Are you a teensy bit ashamed of the overdue library book fines that have incrementally accrued over the months and thus managed to worm their way into your guilty conscience? If you’re too embarrassed to go into your local branch of the Seattle Public Library wearing a scarlet “O” to pay your fines, you can now clear your account from the comfort of your own home with the SPL’s new online payment system. (In fact, you can only pay your overdue fines if they’ve piled up to be worth at least $1.)

Starting today, the SPL is accepting payment by credit card, debit card or at PayPal. There is no service charge for making a payment online — and while the transaction is processed using PayPal, a PayPal account isn’t required. An added bonus for library cardholders who frequently print from SPL computers is the capability to add money to their accounts to pay for such services. Overdue fines can also still be paid in person by cash, check or money order.

Vt. woman facing charges for overdue library items

Vt. woman facing charges for overdue library items
A Vermont woman is facing charges that she failed to return hundreds of dollars' worth of books and videos from the library.

State Police say the 35-year-old woman from Concord has been cited on a charge of theft of rented property

The Desk Setup: A Look At Librarian Computers

The Desk Setup

Like many technologists, I may have had some vague notion that librarians had something to contribute to discussions about information and metadata and standards and access, but my concept of what librarians did and what they knew probably had more to do with stereotypes and anecdote than on an understanding of reality. Which is a shame. Although in the last few years I think we’ve done a really good job of making clearer connections between libraries and technology, I don’t think anyone is surprised when librarians are omitted from discussions about and between prominent technologists, such as the one facilitated by the Setup. (Note: by “librarians” I mean anyone who works in, with, or for libraries. Hat tip to Eli Neiburger for saying what I’d been thinking, only less clearly, for some time before he said those words out loud.)

US library seeks arrest of Taiwanese man for $2,500 in unreturned music books, DVDs

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for a Taiwanese man accused of failing to return nearly $2,500 worth of DVDs, videos and music books to a library in northern New Jersey.

Hsian Kao borrowed the materials from the Randolph Township Public Library in 2008.

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Amnesty for Overdue Books in Columbia SC

Nice idea. Patrons with overdue books are allowed to "forGIVE and forGET" during fine amnesty week at the Richland County Public Library in Columbia SC.

To receive a “Forgive and Forget” ticket, bring in a new or gently used book to donate to the Friends of RCPL along with your overdue items. Visit any of RCPL’s 11 locations and all fines and fees will be forgiven. For more than one library account to be forgiven, a different new or gently used book needs to be donated to the Friends of RCPL.

“The library is more important than ever to the health of our community,” said RCPL’s Executive Director Melanie Huggins. “And it’s important to us to welcome back customers and eliminate any barriers created by overdue materials and fines.”

RCPL offers this one-time only opportunity to help respond to the economic downturn and reduce further pressure for people who may have library fines or fees, and welcome them back to the library.
This effort is made possible by the Friends of RCPL.

Seriously overdue

Seriously overdue: She said they told her they had a warrant for her arrest for an overdue library book and that she had to come up with almost $400 or go to jail. A summons had been rejected on July 2; she said it went to her former address.

Martin said she couldn't believe what was happening.

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