Library Late Fines are Not Helping Anyone by Beth O’Brien


This author is discussing what the library’s main function is versus the benefits associated with late fines.  A Chicago library is cited as having no negative effects when they abolished late fines.  Also a Colorado library is cited as having no negative effects and several positive ones.

The author does then clarify that they are not espousing holding the patrons responsible., simply finding daily fines as picky.  The methods to attempt retrieval are that if your materials are more than two weeks overdue your card is suspended until you have returned that material.

*Jeez, at the public library I work at it can be a month to three months or more before the fines/penalties accrue enough that the account is suspended.  This attempt at more lenient policies is actually stricter than some libraries are at present.  Yes, daily fines are nit-picky, especially if there is no grace period.  They can be a barrier to certain populations, but on the other hand they are a way of teaching personal responsibility.  I HATE hearing people say that they do not use the library/let their kids use the library because they are afraid of the fines.  I really do just want to shake them and say “You’re getting the materials for three weeks, you can renew them for another three weeks.  If you cannot get them back in 45 days the let us know and we will see if we can make an exception!”  We aren’t monsters, personal responsibility has to take some part in this process.*

Climate Science Meets a Stubborn Obstacle: Students by Amy Harmon

New York Times; June 4, 2017

This is an interesting, liberal, article.  This is based on one science teacher’s experiences and some inference to some form of research done on the part of the author.  This article is a blatant attempt to state that the liberal views of climate change are correct, anyone who disagrees is uninformed.  There is no middle ground, no discussion, no real attempts to be open to another viewpoint.

I adore how the scientists cite that since we have had the warmest winter since 1880 the world must be heating up due to human intervention.  What was their excuse for the warm winter in 1880?  We have had the warmest winter in 136 years, so for the last over 130 years we have not had a winter as warm as the one back in the 1800s?  Are human’s helping the environment more than they are harming, probably not.  However, your ‘evidence’ is not really concrete.  No matter how loudly you holler that evidence, the fact that your only actions in response to your ‘evidence’ being questioned is to then begin to insult those doing the questioning means that your ‘evidence’ wasn’t very sound to begin with.