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  • 2. WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO? Do It Yourself Libraries Free or Fee Conclusion
    • Self-checkout is the way of the future!
    • According to a survey conducted by Library Journal, 85% of the libraries surveyed offer self-checkout services. Data collected showed that libraries, on average, offered self-checkout services in cities and towns with populations of 50,000 and higher.
    • Drawbacks of self-checkout systems in libraries include:
      • High costs of new technology
        • The most basic self-checkout systems start at $20,000 and can run as high as $120,000!
      • Less librarian/patron interaction
        • Customers miss the friendliness and time old tradition of interacting with the librarians while checking out materials
      • Fewer jobs available
        • Increased technology means less work available
      • Technology failure
        • Cheaper systems are prone to breaking down, and unless a library has a technology specialist on the workforce team, it will take a decent amount of time to repair
    • Coming from several towns that have never had self-checkout systems, this idea was completely new to me.
      • Roanoke, Virginias population is 92,967
      • Paxton, Massachusettss population is 4,386
      • Lebanon, Indianas population is 14,222
    • I enjoy using self-checkout systems at the grocery store, so why not at the library? More privacy is offered by self-checkout at the library
      • More privacy means I no longer have to be afraid of angry glares from librarians about my frequent checking out of girly romance novels over the summer
    • Higher taxes will occur if my library installs self-checkout systems, so is it worth it?
      • How many people actually use the library?
    • Works Cited
    • Library Funding across the world is being drastically reduced
    • Cities and towns no longer have the money to be supporting libraries, even though a good portion of funding comes from tax payers dollars
    • Jobs are being cut at libraries, and increased fines are being put in place
      • See Free or Fee for more details
    • The website,, has been launched to map libraries cuts/layoffs/closings and create a unified national picture (Fialkoff, 2010.)
    •, seen right, offers a visual map of closings, budget cuts, layoffs, and more, as can be seen in the screen image.
    Click to visit site Exploring the site will further expand your knowledge of the impact that these cuts have had on Americans.
    • offers a greater picture for the impact that the economy is having on all aspects of life, even reaching so far as public libraries, which are all too often taken for granted.
    • I think that anyone who is concerned for the public library in their city or town should visit this website and do much in-depth research as well about how they can help their own public library.
      • Maybe visit the town hall or attend town meetings to suggest ideas about how to help your public library.
      • Stay active in community events to help as much as you can!
    • Works Cited
  • 9. FREE OR FEE
    • Public Libraries have been advertised as free institutions for the public ever since their creation back in 1854 with the opening of the Boston Public Library. As long as materials are turned in on or before their assigned due date, materials are free .
    • Recently, several public libraries have begun to charge fees for some materials checked out.
      • Many libraries charge for music, videos, DVDs, and reserved materials.
      • Not all fees are recent, however. Baltimore County Public Library has been charging fees for videos and reserved materials since the 1980s.
        • However, BCPL has halted all charges on videos/DVDs due to the recent decline in materials circulation from the installation of Redbox and increasing popularity of institutions like Netflix in Baltimore.
  • 10. FREE OR FEE
    • Other libraries are charging for all materials, regardless or medium or due dates properly observed.
    • Is it right to charge fees for library materials?
      • Citizens residing in a specific town or citys public library region are already paying taxes to that library, so isnt charging fees for materials the same as charging a person twice?
      • Some may argue that charging for DVDs is acceptable as long as books are free, but all are services of the library that tax payers fund, so why shouldnt all materials be free?
    • Books and all other materials should be free
      • DVDs, VHSs, CDs, computer games, etc
      • If its not free, then why is it being offered at the Public Library ?
    • Budget cuts are acceptable, but not to the point of completely closing the library.
      • Will installing self-checkout systems eventually even out to save money for the public?
    • Are there not other ways to raise funds?
      • Increase fine amounts
      • Allow extended checkout periods for a small price
      • Have town-wide fundraisers to help libraries
      • Book sales available to the public, selling both donated books and books at the library low in circulation
    • Works Cited
    • Self-checkout systems work for some libraries, but not all.
    • Fewer libraries could be closed if systems were converted to self-checkout
    • Fees could raise if systems were converted to self-checkout
    • Overall, is it worth it to convert to self-checkout if the fees will raise?
      • Library stays open, meaning higher taxes, but a more convenient location for people traveling to public libraries. A more convenient location means gas money saved, which could be put towards public library taxes.
      • The verdict: YES