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Eliminating overdue fines for undergraduates: A six-year review

Eliminating overdue fines for undergraduates: A six-year review AbstractEffective for the 2012–2013 academic year, the Hilda C. Landers Library at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) eliminated daily overdue fines for undergraduates on books and some other materials. In 2019, nine years of comprehensive data on overdue returns (comprising three years before and three years after the change) was extracted from the ILS and examined to see if there were any changes in overdue behavior. The results show that immediately following the elimination of daily overdue fines for SMCM undergraduates, there was a marked increase in both the overdue rate and the length of overdue for books. However, this did not hold for SMCM-owned materials loaned to undergraduates at other institutions, and there were mixed results for undergraduate loans for some non-book SMCM-owned materials and Interlibrary Loan. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Access Services Taylor & Francis

Eliminating overdue fines for undergraduates: A six-year review

Journal Of Access Services , Volume 16 (4): 17 – Oct 2, 2019

Eliminating overdue fines for undergraduates: A six-year review

Journal Of Access Services , Volume 16 (4): 17 – Oct 2, 2019

Abstract

AbstractEffective for the 2012–2013 academic year, the Hilda C. Landers Library at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) eliminated daily overdue fines for undergraduates on books and some other materials. In 2019, nine years of comprehensive data on overdue returns (comprising three years before and three years after the change) was extracted from the ILS and examined to see if there were any changes in overdue behavior. The results show that immediately following the elimination of daily overdue fines for SMCM undergraduates, there was a marked increase in both the overdue rate and the length of overdue for books. However, this did not hold for SMCM-owned materials loaned to undergraduates at other institutions, and there were mixed results for undergraduate loans for some non-book SMCM-owned materials and Interlibrary Loan.

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2019 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1536-7975
eISSN
1536-7967
DOI
10.1080/15367967.2019.1668793
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Abstract

AbstractEffective for the 2012–2013 academic year, the Hilda C. Landers Library at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) eliminated daily overdue fines for undergraduates on books and some other materials. In 2019, nine years of comprehensive data on overdue returns (comprising three years before and three years after the change) was extracted from the ILS and examined to see if there were any changes in overdue behavior. The results show that immediately following the elimination of daily overdue fines for SMCM undergraduates, there was a marked increase in both the overdue rate and the length of overdue for books. However, this did not hold for SMCM-owned materials loaned to undergraduates at other institutions, and there were mixed results for undergraduate loans for some non-book SMCM-owned materials and Interlibrary Loan.

Journal

Journal Of Access ServicesTaylor & Francis

Published: Oct 2, 2019

Keywords: Fines; overdue; undergraduates

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