Thursday, January 7, 2010

Those Pesky Overdues

Getting teenagers to return the books they have borrowed can sometimes be a daunting task that can eat away huge chunks of a librarian's time.  Here at Seycove we compile weekly overdue lists and send them out to classrooms, but even with an automated system this can take up to a day.  We make phone calls to parents, use the callback system to leave automated messages and send letters.
So I thought, why not use technology?  Almost every teen carries a cell phone these days.  This week I tried an experiment with one particularly recalcitrant individual.  I asked him to use the alarm feature on his cell phone and had him set the alarm for 7:45 the next morning with a message to put the overdue book into his backpack.  The book was returned the next day!

1 comment:

daisiesnlilacs said...

That is such a great idea and a creative way to handle a constant problem.