JUN 15

Eliminating Library Fines: Improving Community Access, Equity and Usage

This webinar shares how going fine-free eliminates barriers and improves access to your library’s materials and services.

The growing research and library case studies on the benefits of eliminating overdue fines indicate that the advantages to both library and patron far exceed the monetary value of the fines. This webinar explores going (and staying) fine-free as a social justice issue­­­­ and as a revenue issue. Presenters will discuss considerations such as the barriers to access for those facing financial insecurity, the cost to collect fines often exceeds the revenue they bring in, and that many libraries report that patrons return more items after going fine-free.

Learn how to:

  • Implement a strategic approach to going fine-free, from testing and refining messaging, to addressing common objections or concerns.
  • Gather the data and stories needed to make the case to staff, administration, funders, and community across the political spectrum.

This webinar shares how going fine-free eliminates barriers and improves access to your library’s materials and services, resulting in increased usage, higher circulation, lower staff stress, and higher customer satisfaction.

Presented by: Mark Fink, County Librarian and Chief Archivist, Yolo County Library (CA); and Peter Bromberg, Associate Director, EveryLibrary, and most recently, Executive Director, Salt Lake City Public Library (UT)

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Date

15 June 2021

Time

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]



Webinar presenter Mark Fink

Webinar presenter Peter Bromberg