All interested parties are invited to read the proposed plan for the Thomas J. Long Business Library at UC Berkeley and to submit comments and recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The comment period is from November 26, 2013 to January 13, 2014. Comments will be reviewed by the Haas Dean, the University Library, and the Academic Senate Library Committee. The ongoing planning in 2014 will be widely shared on campus and with members of the public who use this important campus library.
Last year the Library began digitizing full books for students with print disabilities. Now the Library's Baker Service accepts requests for journal articles and book chapters which will be retrieved, scanned, processed and delivered by email free of charge to patrons preapproved by the Disabled Students Program. Students eligible for this service can learn how to submit Baker Requests via the OskiCat and Melvyl library catalogs.
The Library places 12,000 items "on reserve" each year. In order to make a shared copy of key works available to everyone enrolled in the course, reserve items are loaned for short periods -- generally 2 hours or 1 day. Beginning this fall semester, all overdue course reserve items will incur fines, since late returns deprive other students from access to the required materials.
With this new policy, reserves fines are the same across all campus libraries; they cannot be waived or appealed. The fine is $2.50/hour after the due date. Once the item is so late to be deemed lost it incurs a replacement cost and processing fee. At the maximum fine, the borrower's account is blocked and the borrower must pay the full bill to be cleared.
For borrowers who return items on time, course reserves will continue to be a free service. As with all library materials, it is the borrower's responsibility to take care of reserve items. Library staff will be making an extra effort to publicize the new uniform fining policy in the hopes that all students avoid unnecessary charges.
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