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NCompass Live: Eliminating Late Fines is a Win-Win for Your Library and Community - Recorded Online Session 


Libraries have traditionally charged overdue fines for 3 reasons: to generate revenue, get materials back on time (and at all), and teach responsibility. But what if all of these assumptions are wrong? It turns out they are! In this webinar, learn why these reasons are old fashioned—and just plain incorrect—notions that create a real barrier to using the library for many people, and how ditching fines leads to an increase in library use and circulation, with no negative effects. It’s a win-win for your library and community!

In this session, Beth and Meg will review the research and results from the growing number of libraries across the country that have ditched late fines and coaxed new and former users to their doors. They will share talking points, tips, and an advocacy tool you can use to build a case to eliminate fines in your library. At the end of the session, you will feel inspired and well-equipped to gather your library's data and patron stories and advocate for ditching late fines at your library in order to provide more equitable service.

Presenters: Beth Crist, Youth & Family Services Consultant, Colorado State Library and Meg DePriest, a state library consultant currently based in California.

For more information, to register for upcoming NCompass Live events, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live Webpage.

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Class Format
Recorded Online Session
Date Recorded Length
8/28/2019 1 hour 12 minutes
No Charge
Meg DePriest Beth Crist
CE Hours
For Further Information Sponsor
Christa Porter
402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665
Nebraska Library Commission