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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

<a href="http://www.observer-reporter.com/OR/Story/08-06-2010-Overdue-library-book-">Seriously overdue</a>: 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.

George Washington's library book returned 221 years late

George Washington's library book returned 221 years late
A library book borrowed by the first U.S. president, George Washington, has been returned to a New York City's oldest library, 221 years late. "A few days after learning of the situation, staff at Washington's home in Virginia, Mount Vernon, offered to replace Vattel's "Law of Nations" with another copy of the same edition," the library said in a statement.

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Our First President Was a Scofflaw...Overdue Books!

He may have never told a lie, but George Washington apparently had no problem stiffing a Manhattan library on two books.

Two centuries ago, the nation's first President borrowed two tomes from the New York Society Library on Manhattan's Upper East Side (New York City being the Nation's Capital at the time) and never returned them, racking up an inflation-adjusted $300,000 late fee.

But Washington can rest easy. "We're not actively pursuing the overdue fines," quipped head librarian Mark Bartlett. "But we would be very happy if we were able to get the books back." Washington's dastardly deed went unknown for almost 150 years.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/04/17/2010-04-17_read_it__weep_by_george_prez_racks...

Politics @ The Public Library

Galveston Daily News/ LA MARQUE TX — Kathy Nixie still is the librarian in La Marque. At least for now.

Nixie supporters claim the four-year veteran head of the La Marque Library was told by city administrators she had to resign Wednesday or be fired but was given no reason why she was being forced out.

That turmoil came less than a month after Nixie reported to a city council member that Councilwoman Connie Trube had demanded records about an overdue book fine owed by Mayor Pro Tem Keith Bell’s wife.

Nixie refused to talk about discussions she had with City Manager Eric Gage or finance Director Karen Cooper, except to say she had not been fired or forced to resign.

Asked why supporters thought she was being forced out, Nixie said: “I think it would get me in more trouble if I talked to you.”

But Barbara Sheppard, a critic of Gage and a Nixie supporter, said earlier in the day Wednesday Nixie told her Gage and Cooper had called in members of the library staff one by one to question them about Nixie’s performance.

“They then told (Nixie) that she obviously wasn’t happy working for the city of La Marque and that she had a choice, resign or be fired by 4:30 that afternoon,” Sheppard said.

Overdue DVD Lands Colo. Teen In Jail

Overdue DVD Lands Colo. Teen In Jail
A Colorado teen was recently arrested after he checked out a DVD from a library and forgot to return it, Denver TV station KMGH reported.

He claims it was an honest mistake, saying he checked out the DVD and then inadvertently packed it while moving.

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New and Creative Leniency for Overdue Library Books

New and Creative Leniency for Overdue Library Books:
Bruce sent this one over from the NYT: "Since the beginning of the economic downturn, librarians across the country have speculated that fines for overdue items are keeping people from using the library — particularly large families whose children take out (and forget to return) many books at a time. Some libraries learned that the fines, which are often as low as 25 cents an item per day, quickly multiplied for many people and were becoming an added hardship."

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