Kindles in the Library

Last spring, I signed up for Whispercast with Amazon for our High School Library’s 5 Kindles.  Our Board of Education/Treasurer’s Office’s physical address, our Treasurer, and my building and position has changed.  I’m on the phone with Amazon trying to work through it because I can no longer access our Whispercast account.  I’m sure it is because of all of these changes.

I’m a big believer in using Overdrive in our K-12 Libraries.  It prepares students for what is out there when they graduate in both the real world (Public Libraries) and higher education (University Libraries). I am getting increasingly frustrated at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.  They are not making it easy for Librarians to manage their Kindles/Nooks, etc. to access material we have purchased in digital format.  The jury is still out on Kindle’s new Whispercast for managing our Kindles.  I’ll keep updating as we go through this process.

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Fines

Well.  I think back on the embarassment and shame that I felt when I lost a book from the library.  Do we need to hold students accountable?  Yes.  Do we need to hold them accountable for their entire career as a student?  No.  So I don’t.  I give students another chance to redeem themselves.  I mean lets face it, if a student has not returned an item for over 2 years, chances are you are not getting that item back.  Chances are you are never seeing it again.  And what is the real damage?  A taxpayer’s funds go back to the taxpayers.  Or, depending on the age of the item, you could look at it like dispersing the older material.  Perhaps the real fine for not returning an item should be that you can only take out items that were published before 1990.  Pay up or read old material. . .