Library fines: should they stay or should they go?
Using the #libraryfines hashtag, we put that question to our Twitter users yesterday. Here's what we heard.
- The conversation began with this tweet from the Ottawa Public Library, asking what followers thought of the elimination of overdue fees in Windsor, Ont.:
- That tweet got us thinking: could OPL do away with library fees as well? We wrote this story, which looked at how OPL's fees stack up to other libraries and how much revenue those fees generate. We also asked our Twitter followers to chime in:
- — OpenFile Ottawa (@OpenFileOTT)Wed, Jan 04 2012 11:24:10
- Many of you told us OPL shouldn't stop penalizing delinquent borrowers, since fines bring in money and spur people to return their material on time:
- — Bethany Horne (@bbhorne)Wed, Jan 04 2012 11:27:43No way! #libraryfines help pay for new material. Maybe reduce them, or come up w/ creative ways people can settle debt (foodbank donation?)
- — Catherine Scott (@ScottCath)Wed, Jan 04 2012 11:38:46
- — Connor Sorrentino (@MstrSorrentino)Wed, Jan 04 2012 11:38:02
- — Ottawa Magazine (@ottawamag)Wed, Jan 04 2012 12:15:38
- — Michelle Holden (@michlholden)Wed, Jan 04 2012 12:46:45
- A smaller, no-less vocal crowd told us that library fines should be tossed out like a ratty old pocket novel:
- — Ella Westhaver (@gor_ella)Thu, Jan 05 2012 09:41:46
- One Twitter user suggested a creative compromise:
- While others put the question in greater context:
- — Kevin O'Donnell (@ODonnell_K)Wed, Jan 04 2012 11:56:38@OpenFileOTT A classic user-fee debate similar to ambulance fee. Too high? bad for poor. Too low? Results in abuse of 'free' resource.
- We also asked whether anyone had ever had their fines forgiven:
- — OpenFile Ottawa (@OpenFileOTT)Wed, Jan 04 2012 11:46:03
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