December 11, 2017

Connecticut: Milford Public Library Will Be Able to Keep Overdue Fines, Begins eBook Program

From the Connecticut Post:

Each year, the Milford Public Library collects about $27,500 in fees and fines, $4,000 from the photocopy machines and more than $500 from the sales of used books and other fees.

Up until now, that money, about $32,000 in all, was funneled back into the city’s general fund. But, beginning a few weeks ago, the library is keeping all the money it collects.

The library will use the money to stay open most Saturdays and begin lending e-books.

To provide e-books, the library has signed an $8,000, one-year contract with Baker & Taylor of Charlotte, N.C. Tsang said Baker & Taylor was chosen because, unlike other vendors, it provides a much higher level of privacy.

“Some people think that this is not a very big issue, but if you’re checking out a book on divorce or filing for bankruptcy or dealing with drug addiction, it’s not something that you would want the world to know about,” she said.

For this reason, the basic Kindle tablet isn’t supported, because its borrowing history is open to Amazon users, she said.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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