Thank you all for this great feedback. I imagine we will probably not
charge at the beginning and change as needed. My Director's bigger concern
is the whole "are they gonna print a gun with that" question. Luckily we
have a student handbook to point to.
On Sun, May 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM, Nate Hill <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> If fines, fee structures, and social contracts in community spaces interest
> you, watch Clay Shirky's TED talk about cognitive surplus, and listen to
> the story about day care centers and late pickup fees.
> On Sunday, May 19, 2013, BWS Johnson wrote:
> > Salvete!
> > > Libraries charge to lend books.
> > Some, by no means all. It's also generally limited to newer
> > It's universally stupid to do this, in my opinion. The folks that can pay
> > are already buying copies, and we're hurting the patrons that can't pay.
> > > Late fines are almost universal, and lost
> > > items will result in a charge for replacement costs.
> > What are we getting for our charges? Is this go away mentality worth
> > it? Is this helping or hurting us in the relevancy arena? It's definitely
> > hurting in the fundraising department, which is precisely where it's
> > to help. Every budget I've seen has not netted enough in charging for
> > extras to offset the actual costs they're seeking to cover. So with that
> > mind, why are we doing this? Our patrons rightfully see these as nuisance
> > fees. If we're doing it to avoid abuse, which is why I assume a lot of
> > these are implemented, there are usually better ways to go about that.
> > Cheers,
> > Brooke
> Nate Hill
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