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Your Assignment

"Compose a 6-page researched essay that evaluates a person, policy, method, program, etc. of your choice by revealing how it does or does not measure up to a specific set of standards. IMPORTANT: Address an opposing audience. Try to change their minds, or, at least, get them to value your perspective."

Today, we are going to focus on this objective: 

Step 1: Make a Choice

Choose a person, policy, method, institution, program, etc.

Jamie's Example: To Charge or Not to Charge (Library Overdue Fines)                   

Step 2: Define Criteria

Define the criteria required for your chosen topic to succeed. 

Jamie's Example: Does this policy support students (customer satisfaction, retention)? Is it a necessary part of the library's function (fiscally and policy-wise)?  See Jamie's Works Cited.

Step 3: Evaluation

Evaluate your topic against the definition you've established.

Jamie's Example: (this is the part where you write the paper). See Jamie's Works Cited.


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Jamie Kohler

Jamie's Works Cited

Works Cited

Ajayi, N. A. and A. A. Okunlola. "Students' Perception of Fine Increases for Overdue Library Books in an Academic Library." Journal of Librarianship Information Science, vol. 37, no. 4, Dec. 2005, pp. 187-193. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/0961000605057850.

Bhatt, Hanif. "Students' Perception of Charging Fines for Overdue Books: Case of Islamia College of Science and Technology Library." DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, vol. 31, no. 6, Nov. 2011, pp. 407-413. EBSCOhost.

Dixon, Jennifer A. "Doing Fine(S)?." Library Journal, vol. 142, no. 6, 4/1/2017, pp. 40-44. EBSCOhost.

Gardner, Marilyn. "Is the Lifting of Library Fines Long Overdue?." Christian Science Monitor, vol. 98, no. 126, 25 May 2006, pp. 13-16. EBSCOhost.

Oder, Norman and Michael Rogers. "Patron Jailed for Overdue Fines." Library Journal, vol. 124, no. 12, 7/1/1999, p. 22. EBSCOhost.

Shontz, David. “Effect of Fines on Length of Checkout and Overdues in a Medical Library.” Bulletin of the Medical Library Association 87.1 (1999): 82–84. Print.