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Danielle Phillips <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 15 Mar 2010 08:48:08 -0700
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I agree that it's not a great PR move for any library, however, part of
being a responsible citizen is knowing that when you 'borrow' something, you
must return it.  It is disrespectful to the library and to the other
patrons.  Imagine if everyone behaved that way-- there wouldn't be anything
left in the building!  This smug attitude of "I can get away with it"
deserved its punishment.

On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 8:40 AM, Mary Hanson <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Years ago when I worked for a county library system, deputies would be sent
> to collect your overdue books.  I remember one instance where the patron had
> moved to the far side of the state, so the sheriff in our county arranged
> for deputies from that county to get the books.  The books were then
> transferred across the states by various deputies meeting at each county
> line.  The guys (there were no women in those days) thought it was
> wonderfully amusing to show up on someone's doorstep and announce they were
> there "for the library books".  We rescued lots of materials that way--some
> that had been overdue to 10 years or more.
>
>
>
> Mary A. Hanson, M.S.L.
> Saint Mary's Health Sciences Library
> 200 Jefferson SE
> Grand Rapids, MI  49503
>
>
> voice:  616-685-6260
> fax:  616-685-6419
>
> >>> Susan Fowler <[log in to unmask]> 03/15/2010 11:32 AM >>>
>  I see how this is an amusing story. I remember being very frustrated
> whenever I would discover expensive library materials had grown legs and
> walked. But I think the policy described in the story is extreme leading to
> an unfortunate incident that encourages a negative and intimidating view of
> libraries and librarians. I am chronically irresponsible about library
> materials. Were I a library patron in that community I would cease going to
> the library and just buy my books - far better to spend a little money then
> risk going to jail. I don't think this is an attitude libraries can afford
> to foster and has a much larger price tag then 8K.
>
> --
> Susan Fowler, MLIS
>
> [log in to unmask]
>
>
>
> On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 9:55 AM, Tylman, Vislava <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> >  The main point of the story is the user. We (university, hospital,
> >  institutional libraries) usually know our users and/or have established
> > ways of communicating with our users. If it comes to lost/not returned
> > materials, we have rules to follow to recover the loss, except of course
> > walk-aways. Public libraries have many users like the two presented in
> the
> > description - they don't care, don't remember, move to other place,
> ignore
> > reminders, give to friends and think that's perfectly OK, it's just a
> book,
> > CD, not big deal.
> > For public libraries legal action is probably the only way to follow to
> > recover some of the lost materials. And for library users who think that
> not
> > returning library materials is OK - it was a good lesson.
> > The only problem I can see  - the handcuffs. I think that the police
> should
> > use other methods for catching somebody stealing library materials and
> keep
> > handcuffs for  bank robbers etc.
> >
> > Vislava
> >
> > Vislava Tylman
> > Goldblatt Medical Library
> > 2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
> > Weston, FL 33331
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> On
> > Behalf Of Vonville, Helena M
> > Sent: Monday, March 15, 2010 10:10 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: Don't shoot, I'll return it
> >
> > Hmmmm, nearly $8,000 worth of materials lost in one year due to items not
> > being returned according to this story.
> >
> > I can't count the number of times I've seen people on this list express
> > their frustration over books checked out (or "borrowed" when the
> librarian
> > is out) and never returned.  The threshold for legal action is a bit
> low--
> > $30-- but $8K is a lot of money to spend on buying something you've
> already
> > paid for.
> >
> > Helena
> >
> > Helena M. VonVille, MLS, MPH
> > Library Director
> > University of Texas School of Public Health Library Houston, TX  77030
> > [log in to unmask]
> > 713.500.9131 (office)
> > 713.500.9125 (fax)
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> On
> > Behalf Of Emily Eresuma
> > Sent: Friday, March 12, 2010 4:03 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: Don't shoot, I'll return it
> >
> > That is extreme!
> >
> > Emily
> >
> > Emily Eresuma, MLS
> > Senior Medical Librarian
> > Primary Children's Medical Center
> > 100 North Mario Capecchi Drive
> > Salt Lake City, Utah 84113-1100
> > [log in to unmask]
> >
> > 801-662-1391
> > 801-662-1393 (fax)
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> On
> > Behalf Of Jones, Cason
> > Sent: Friday, March 12, 2010 2:53 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Don't shoot, I'll return it
> >
> >
> >
> http://abcnews.go.com/WN/arrested-cuffed-overdue-library-books/story?id=10062565&partner=yahoo
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-- 
Danielle Phillips

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