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If We Charge Them, Will They Come? Fostering Positive Relationships with Students by Remaining Fine-Free

Reference & User Services Quarterly, Volume 56, Issue 3, Spring 2017

4 Pages Posted: 2 May 2017  

Emma Wood

University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth

Jessica Almeida

UMass Law

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to explore what we consider the successes of a fine-free policy for a small academic library. This discussion is by no means a recommended model for libraries of all sizes and situations. Rather, we hope that our experience, in part or in whole, may have merit for other librarians who are considering a departure from fines. This article examines one of the most persistent library conventions through the lens of social theory, and shows the positive impact of its absence. We consider the implications of fines for both patrons and librarians, and establish the importance of reciprocal trust. In identifying the factors that motivate patrons to use the library, we elaborate on what constitutes an effective fine-free approach.

Keywords: Library, Social Theory, Library Fines

JEL Classification: Z39

Suggested Citation

Wood, Emma and Almeida, Jessica, If We Charge Them, Will They Come? Fostering Positive Relationships with Students by Remaining Fine-Free (2017). Reference & User Services Quarterly, Volume 56, Issue 3, Spring 2017 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2961459

Emma Wood (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth ( email )

333 Faunce Corner Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-1252
United States

Jessica Almeida

UMass Law ( email )

333 Faunce Corner Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
United States

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