Removing Barriers to Access: Eliminating Fines and Fees for a Win-Win for your Library and Community

  • With Beth Crist, Dan Alcazar, Steph Myers, Meg DePriest
  • Originally aired 12/13/2017
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Librarians have debated both the philosophy and financial role of charging fines and fees for late, lost, and damaged materials for decades. The topic is still critical today as fines and fees pose a significant barrier to library use, especially for low-income families.

Join us for this interactive session as we explore research on the benefits of eliminating fines and fees, learn from one library district that has tracked the positive effects of eliminating fines for  2 years, and brainstorm with each other about the challenges and benefits to eliminating fines and fees.

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Steph Myers

About Beth Crist, Dan Alcazar, Steph Myers, Meg DePriest

Beth’s background is rich in youth services and state library experience. She began working in libraries in 1999, has museum experience, and has worked as a state library consultant in North Carolina, New Mexico, and now Colorado. In her position, Beth supports children, teens and families by coordinating statewide initiates for early literacy, summer reading and other program.

Meg DePriest, MLIS, is a writer, researcher, and library advocate living in San  Francisco.

Steph Myers is the Patron Services Supervisor at Erie Community Library, a branch of the High Plains Library District. Steph’s past experience includes Teen Librarian, Adult Services Librarian and Business Development Librarian. She chaired the 2016 CALCON/MPLA Conference Planning Committee and is an active member of the Colorado Association of Libraries.