[Libs-Or] Fine Free Libraries

Kate Houston kateho at multcolib.org
Fri Jan 25 11:58:18 PST 2019


Here's the ALA statement around this and just two of the public libraries
who went fine free and do a wonderful job explaining the decision. Take a
look!


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   “Economic Barriers to Information Access
   <http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations/economicbarriers>,”
   Interpretations of the Bill of Rights, American Library Association,
   Accessed July 5, 2017.
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   “On June 1, we go fine free
   <https://www.oppl.org/news-events/announcements/on-june-1-we-go-fine-free/>,”
   Oak Park Public Library, May 5, 2017. (no adult or youth fees for all
   patrons.)
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   “We are fines free!”
   <http://www.addisonlibrary.org/content/were-fines-free> Addison Public
   Library, November 1, 2016.


*Kate Houston*
*School Corps Librarian*
Multnomah County Library
503.988.4021
multcolib.org
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On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 11:49 AM Robert Lanxon <LanxonR at milwaukieoregon.gov>
wrote:

> It means that patrons can continue to use the library without being
> adversely punished for being poor or of limited means.   It also means that
> the library moves away from being punitive.  LOL.. I suspect desk staff
> would love to have that particular discussion/argument off of the counter.
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> I’m not sure how it cheapens the value of the collection, so I can’t
> address that issue.
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> *ROBERT LANXON*
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> Reference Librarian
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> 503.786.7546
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> City of Milwaukie
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> Ledding Library
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> 9600 SE 21st Ave • Milwaukie, OR 97222
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> *From:* Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] *On
> Behalf Of *Rita J Radford
> *Sent:* Friday, January 25, 2019 11:34 AM
> *To:* Diedre Conkling <diedre08 at gmail.com>; libs-or at listsmart. osl.
> state. or. us <libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
> *Subject:* Re: [Libs-Or] Fine Free Libraries
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> Will someone please explain to me the advantage of "fine-free"?  In my
> thinking it removes responsibility from the patron and cheapens the value
> of our collections. This is only the second time I've heard of this concept
> so perhaps I don't have the whole picture.
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> In the dark,
> Rita Radford
> Riddle City Library
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> On January 25, 2019, at 10:20 AM, Diedre Conkling <diedre08 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
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> I just noticed that not all of the Oregon libraries without fines are on
> this map,
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> https://endlibraryfines.info/fine-free-library-map/
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> --
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> *Diedre Conkling*
> *diedre08 at gmail.com* <diedre08 at gmail.com>
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