The Newarker Volume 4 ; a journal published to introduce a city to itself and to its public library

 
9781130493726: The Newarker Volume 4 ; a journal published to introduce a city to itself and to its public library

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 Excerpt: ...more delays. At last the book is once more in hand, and goes to the person who has impatiently awaited it. Now, who should pay the cost of the time spent by the assistants in noting that the book was past due and in writing and mailing the notices; and of the time of the messenger? Surely not everybody, which means the Newark taxpayers; but the person who did not live up to the original agreement. Can you help us to a better answer? We would like to get it. Can you devise a better method, one not so trying to the delinquent and yet fair to all others? We are looking for it. Here is a typical case. It is best stated by giving, first, the finely conceived and carefully written letter of one who thought he was not quite fairly treated for a certain failure to observe the rules, and, next, the answer of the library., A Letter from One Who Did Not Return Borrowed Books and Was Charged the Price of Them To the Librarian: The excellent service of the Public Library is so universally for the benefit of the public, that I hesitate to utter the slightest criticism. I long since paid my money (for overdues and a lost book) and do not miss it. The books were either left in the country and were not worth the price of the books or the cost of a trip to secure them, or they were seized upon by movers when my library was moved and were lost in the shuffle. I am perfectly willing to pay for public property that I appropriate, even inadvertently, but I protest "Pro Bono Publico" to being assessed the full list price of the books and fines in excess of the price. Some code of ethics which I do not know might justify such bleeding on the part of a soulless corporation; but no special code could justify such action ethically on the part of a public institution. A mess...

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