My favorite mentoree recently asked me about managing overdues. I really had no particular wisdom to offer her. But then I found this on LM_NET:
With permission from Harry Coffill – who always makes me laugh out loud:
I work with tech and switch off computer accounts for overdue books. Works better than anything.
You need staff buy-in. Especially helpful if you’re also responsible for texts (we are.)
Always point out to admin and staff the $ signs. (“We’re owed $3200 worth of school materials.”) Don’t say “library books” or no one will care. When, say, a history teacher, complains of denied computer access for a student–say “$1000 of those materials are SS books.”
Want kids to rocket to your desk with ovd materials? Switch off the internet.
By the way–my favorite line? “Its in my locker. DO YOU WANT ME TO GO GET IT?”
Yes, miss. After the printed bulletin, the notice over the loudspeaker, the mailed bill, the marching band, the skywriter, the carved marble tablet, the morning wake-up call, the conversation with your mom and the face-to-face conversation we’re having RIGHT NOW, I’d like you to walk ALL THE WAY to your locker and get the book that’s been due since October 1st.
We can all relate, can’t we?