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.*