December 30, 2005

It's in your hands

Every day Alloway library staff give away books and media worth thousands of dollars with the simple expectation that the material comes back in a reasonable time and in the same condition as it was when it was lent.

An ongoing damage awareness campaign is intended to help library users understand what we expect from them when using library material. The emphasis is on responsibility: “It’s in your hands” is the central slogan displayed on bookmarks and posters which summarize the library’s concerns and expectations in regard to care of library material:

"The use of library books is a contractual agreement between a borrower and the library. As a condition of using library material, users are expected to care for the material loaned to them. Borrowers who do not protect the library material in their care will be charged for replacing damaged items.

Here are examples of types of damage which may lead to the borrower being charged for the cost of replacing a book:

Book or part of book:

  • is wet · is warped from wetness
  • has staining from water, beverages, oil, etc.
  • is soiled by dirt, food, etc. · has extensive underlining, highlighting, writing, etc.
  • has physical damage such as gouged cover, broken spine, turned over pages, etc.
  • is mouldy, or has the potential to become mouldy.

Exposure to moisture is the first step to mould infestation. Mould propagates unobtrusively and is not easily detected in its early stages. To avoid the spread of mould in the TWU collection any damaged book with a potential to become mouldy will be discarded immediately.

It's also important for library users to understand that the library is not a bookstore. Consequently, payment for damage is not a purchase transaction nor are damaged materials for sale.

Student reading outside. TWU Archives

Ultimately, library books are in library users hands. With that in mind, consider the choice:

  • The library will spend money (your tuition) to replace valuable damaged material OR you can do your part to protect library material in your care.

December 10, 2005

Food For Fines

They came with cans...and crates... and cash -- enough to fill an IGA grocery cart to overflowing!Alloway Library patrons made the library's second Food for Fines campaign a great success that benefitted the Langley Food Bank at the start of the Christmas season. The library forgave over $400 in fines as patrons donated one item to the foodbank for every fine dollar owed.
Thanks to all who particpated so generously!

Flying High

TWU associate librarian Bill Badke received an email recently showing how his book Research Strategies: finding your way through the information fog is moving in high places.

A student at Cincinnati Christian University writes: I was dragging around my book while trying to get some New Orleans/hurricane Katrina airlift done at the same time. I needed
evidence of my sincere attempts to stay current with the homework! I had my copilot take a picture right after we left New Orleans for home a couple weeks ago. We are flying a C130 transport, one of the same ones we used this year for Iraq and Afghanistan operations.