Houses Taringa House / Loucas Zahos ArchitectsSave this projectSaveTaringa House / Loucas Zahos ArchitectsSave this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesHouses•Australia Taringa House / Loucas Zahos Architects Builder: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/378193/taringa-house-loucas-zahos-architects Clipboard + 15 Share Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesPragmatically, the ‘old’ cottage functions as an entrance from street level, also accommodating a guest bedroom, bathroom and overflow living space. The ‘new’ addition is the core of everyday living in the house. It contains the kitchen, main living area, dining and bedrooms. The existing cottage and the addition are articulated as separate identities. The cottage retains its principal role of addressing the street and tying into the existing street fabric. The addition faces the rear of the site and celebrates the landscape. The functions of the old and the new remain distinct; public and private, street and backyard, visitor and family, entry and living. The cottage retains much of its original detail, whilst the addition is contemporary in form, which is not immediately apparent from the street.Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesTopography and SectionA priority within the brief was to ensure connectivity between the living spaces and the natural ground. Sites that fall away from the street, often allow entry at ground level at the front of the site, however, as the site slopes, result in indoor and outdoor living areas to the rear of the site raised high above natural ground and disconnected from the ground. This relationship to the natural ground was resolved through an internal staircase, which strings the point of entry at the cottage to the main living area at the lower level. The circulation spine begins as a small insertion at the entrance to the cottage, unfolding to become an intrinsic part of the new addition. Connecting the two contrasting building forms, the circulation spine creates a ceremonial entrance from the existing cottage at the top of the site.Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesA key element of the existing landscape is an existing Jacaranda tree located almost in the centre of the site. The Jacaranda has been retained and celebrated as a focal point to the addition. A double height glazed living area central to the addition opens out to the Jacaranda and sub-tropical vegetation of the backyard, blurring the boundaries between inside and out.Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesAccommodating the main living space in proximity to the natural ground level has meant that the addition has been cut into the slope on the high side of the site. This has created a single storey structure where the addition meets the adjacent existing cottage that matches the scale of the cottage.Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesA second entry at the mezzanine level between the existing cottage and the addition becomes a functional entrance, allowing access to parking underneath the existing cottage whilst also mediating between the old and the new.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessResearch & Design Center Proposal / Latitude StudioUnbuilt ProjectVideo: Pin-Up MagazineVideos Share CopyEngineer:Geo ConsultingArchitect In Charge:Loucas Zahos ArchitectsDesign Team:Con Zahos, George HazellCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornSuspension SystemsGustafsSlated Timber Ceiling in EQT Corporate HeadquartersEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. The Taringa house, originally a four-room worker’s cottage is located along Stanley Terrace, a traditional street lined with character housing in an inner west suburb of Brisbane. Topographically, the street follows the natural ridge line of the area. The site falls away from the street, sloping to the rear boundary. This rear boundary is bordered by a creek and lined with sub-tropical vegetation. These landscape conditions are common to many of the properties that run parallel to Stanley Terrace. Save this picture!© Christopher Frederick JonesConceptThe program, driven by the desire to accommodate the majority of family activity within the addition, has generated two juxtaposed but contrasting building forms defined in this text as the ‘old’ and the ‘new’. “COPY” Manufacturers: Bluescope, Inlite, Marley Eternit, Mitsubishi Electric, Moonscape Interiors: Eileen Middleton Interior Design Australia Conlon Birrell Landscape Architects Gray Construction Group Architects: Loucas Zahos Architects Area Area of this architecture project Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Projects Landscaping: Area: 509 m² Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/378193/taringa-house-loucas-zahos-architects Clipboard “COPY” ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeLoucas Zahos ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesAustraliaPublished on June 01, 2013Cite: “Taringa House / Loucas Zahos Architects” 01 Jun 2013. 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Photographs: João MorgadoExterior Design:Nelson Resende, ArchitectStructures:Telmo Duarte, Civil EngineerWater, Thermal, Acoustic Design:Rui Pais, Civil EngineerElectrical Installations, Gas:Filipe Pinho, Electrical EngineerConstruction:Vários empreiteirosCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© João MorgadoRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. The project concerns to a single-family house, built on a plot of land with an area of 700 m2, located between the access road, at West, a land currently used for agriculture, to the North and another land, at South and East, occupied with a residential building as well.Save this picture!© João MorgadoThe materialization of the proposal is based on a rigid geometric matrix, which tries to find metrical and spatial relations between the constituent parts of the dwelling and the land, proposing the rationalization of the construction as opposed to the surrounding area. An intentionally designed and artificialized area is created, dictating the internal rules of the housing and the outer space, promoting a perimeter band of 3.00 meters wide, related to the natural topography, maintained as it is.Save this picture!© João MorgadoSave this picture!Section 01Save this picture!© João MorgadoIt is in the “core” that the proposal applies and solves the program and the connection of the various spaces that form and generate the desired experiences, from circulation areas, to work spaces, seating or resting, both external and internal.Save this picture!© João MorgadoThe longitudinality of the plot allows to explore a succession of geometrically equal spaces, repeated along a path, and which develop in a substantially different way – the car access patio, related to the garage space; the outdoor garden space, related to the interior living space of the house; the outside patio of service, at the level of the basement related to the work spaces, closing and ending this succession.Save this picture!© João MorgadoThe dwelling, except for the horizontal and vertical circulation space (torn north and south), now opens to the West (main living room and bedrooms), now opens to East (service spaces, or support spaces). In contrast, artificial light is drawn in the blind planes of the South and North facades and allows a game of contrasts that accentuates the transparent planes of day and highlights the opaque planes at night.Save this picture!© João MorgadoThe construction of the garage next to the street and the consequent removal of the dwelling, allows to enjoy the slope of the land as a way to enhance a certain image of amplification of the architectural discourse, not only volumetric but also formally; the containment of the volume of the garage next to the street (a floor enclosed visually) and the expansion of the volume of housing (three floors open visually), also explores the relationships of the family with the house – intentionally directed to the landscape that has, from this point, a considerable development and participates in the comfort of each of the internal spaces.Save this picture!© João MorgadoThe house also intends to be a refuge. Constructively the dwelling presents solutions that improve and reinforce the identity of its constituent parts, reflecting however its strict relation – it is intentional the will of the formal resolution of the proposed volumes through the application and exhaustive translation of the constructive elements that solve structural problems or of simple fulfillment of the vertical planes, assumed in their true dimension.Save this picture!© João MorgadoThe objective was to validate a more distant solution of very sophisticated images and too well finished, allowing the identification of the constructive systems and the consequent integration in a markedly rural surroundings.Save this picture!© João MorgadoProject gallerySee allShow lessQuinched House / 2712 / asociadosSelected ProjectsBee Breeders Announces Winners of SKYHIVE Skyscraper ChallengeArchitecture News Share CopyHouses•Portugal “COPY” 2007 “COPY” Red House / Nelson ResendeSave this projectSaveRed House / Nelson Resende Save this picture!© João Morgado+ 37Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Architects: Nelson Resende Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/923078/red-house-nelson-resende Clipboard Projects CopyAbout this officeNelson ResendeOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPortugalPublished on August 16, 2019Cite: “Red House / Nelson Resende” [Casa Vermelha / Nelson Resende] 16 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
“The challenge now is for charities to capture the giving momentum and sector-wide positive attributes of increased awareness of charities and of Gift Aid in a big enough way to over-ride any negative impact of reductions in donations on an organisation-by-organisation basis.” The Institute asked fundraisers about the short-term effect of the tsunami appeal. Nearly nearly 40% respondents had noticed a change in income over the past month: 21.2% respondents cited a decrease in income (averaging 30%) and 18.4% report an increase in income (averaging 40%). Of those organisations that have noticed a change in income, over two-thirds (69%) attributed the change to the tsunami appeal. That said, over half had either not noticed a change (23%), or said that it was too early to tell (35%). Yet these respondents are not optimistic: 64.1% of those that have not noticed an income change and 54% of those that say it is too early to tell think that there will be a negative impact to their fundraising income this year. Lindsay Boswell suggested that these charities were being overly pessimistic:“this large number of charities that have experienced no change in income during January, but expect to see a downturn in income over forthcoming months, would suggest that the sector is more worried than we have need to be. Some charities have been affected more than others, but overall, it seems that fear is greater than the actual bottom line impact”.Given that a range of charities have launched or benefited from tsunami-related appeals, 10% of respondents reported an increase in fundraising income in the last month which they attributed to the tsunami appeal. Of those respondents, 73% worked for organisations that were either members of the Disasters Emergency Committee or had been involved in another tsunami appeal.Perhaps not surprisingly, 41% of respondents that had noticed a positive change attributable to the tsunami thought the impact of the tsunami appeal would be positive in the long-term. This compares to 31.1% of overall respondents that thought there would be a positive change in the long-term.Most fundraisers did not believe that the impact of the tsunami appeals would last long. Only 20% of respondents that had noticed a positive change in income thought that this trend would continue into the next financial year, while 40% of those who had noted a negative change in income thought this trend may continue. But only a third of that 40% thought that the tsunami appeal would have a negative impact on their organisation’s fundraising in the long-term.There was a widespread belief, or at least hope, that the tsunami appeals would yield sector-wide benefits:57% said that the appeal could raise the profile of the sector54% said there is an opportunity to tap into the ‘feel-good’ factor27% said there is an opportunity to increase take-up of Gift AidFundraisers said that their biggest concerns were that current individual donors will reduce/stop their donations (31.7%), it will be harder to attract new donors (28.7%), and that corporate donors will reduce / stop their gifts (26.3%).When asked to choose whether the impact of the tsunami appeals would be good or bad for their fundraising, 56% of respondents gave their views of these 55% thought the overall impact would be positive, and 45% that it would be negative. The survey found that the smaller the charity (ie. those with a fundraising income of under £1 million), the greater the concern about the longer-term impact of the tsunami appeals. Only 24% of smaller charities (compared to 37.7% of larger charities) thought the overall long-term effect of the tsunami appeal would be positive.The Institute of Fundraising’s online survey was carried out one month after the tsunami disaster. It attracted 293 respondents, who represent organisations with £1.5 billion of fundraising income. Of these, 20% had an annual income of under £250,000 and 48% raised over £1 million a year. Also, 15.4% of respondents were either members of the DEC or had launched a tsunami-related fundraising appeal of their own within the last month.The Institute plans to repeat the survey in June 2005, six months on, to track the longer term impact of the tsunami appeals on other charities. 17 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Long-term impact of tsunami appeal could be beneficial, says Institute survey About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 22 February 2005 | News An online survey by the Institute of Fundraising has found that, despite worries about the tsunami appeal’s short-term impact, 84% of charities think that the appeal could, in some way, positively impact their organisation over the long-term.The Institute has announced the results of its first survey of members’ reaction to the remarkable success of the recent tsunami emergency appeals.Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said: “while it’s too early to identify the long-term effects of the tsunami appeal on UK charities, it’s clear that organisations are largely concerned about how the tsunami appeal has affected their bottom line over the short term, but recognise the longer-term, sector-wide benefits of such a large-scale fundraising initiative. Advertisement Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics
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About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. BBC Performing Arts Fund to grant £450k through two new schemes The BBC Performing Arts Fund is to make grants totalling £450,000 through two new schemes this year – Music Fellowships and Community Music.The charity (formerly Fame Academy Bursary Trust) was set up in 2003 by the BBC. It aims to develop new performing arts talent from across the UK. It is funded through revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes such as Fame Academy, How Do you Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Over the Rainbow. The new Saturday night talen show The Voice will be raising money for the funds through phone voting.The Community Music scheme will open this month and will award grants of up to £5,000 to grassroots music groups from across the UK, helping them to carry out training, attract new audiences, encourage new members and raise their profile in their community. It will also make grants of up to £10,000 to groups wishing to commission new music.The Music Fellowships scheme will open for applications in August 2012. It is designed to support individuals through the early stages of their music careers, helping them to establish themselves in the professional world through bespoke placements within existing music organisations.The BBC Performing Arts Fund has made grants of nearly £3.8 million in the past nine years.www.bbc.co.uk/performingartsfund/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 23 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: BBC Funding Howard Lake | 1 May 2012 | News
May 16, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists to go further News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns a police raid on the headquarters of the Ramattan News Agency in Gaza City on 10 November that prevented the National Action Commission from holding a news conference there. Members of the Hamas government also prevented another press conference from taking place in Gaza City the same day.“Such practices are violations of both the law and freedom of the press,” said the management of the privately-owned Ramattan News Agency, which decided immediately after the raid to close all of its offices in protest until further notice.“This is a policy aimed at restricting independent journalistic work in Gaza,” Ramattan News Agency added. “Our agency can no long operate normally. This is the first time that we have been the victims of such a violent raid by the security forces since Ramattan News Agency was created 10 years ago.”Reporters Without Borders said: “This violence and this obstruction show that the Hamas-led government is trying to restrict media coverage of events in Gaza that could undermine its political message. We would like to express our support for this independent news agency, which has managed to provide news coverage in Gaza despite raids, threats and attacks from all quarters.”The National Action Commission had planned to hold a news conference at the headquarters of Ramattan News Agency in order to announce the cancellation of an event to mark the fifth anniversary of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s death. But police officers attached to the Hamas government’s internal security service burst in and prevented it from going ahead.Gunmen said the news conference was “illegal” because no permit had been requested from the Hamas authorities. They demanded that Ramattan News Agency and Al-Qods TV surrender the footage they had filmed, and then they ordered everyone to leave.Hamas members also prevented independent journalists from giving a news conference in Gaza City that had been organised the same day by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). Journalists in the West Bank city of Ramallah were to have participated by means of videoconferencing.Last September, Reporters Without Borders published “Gaza, the Black Book,” while in February it published “Operation Cast Lead: news control as a military objective,” a report on press freedom violations during the Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip in January 2009. News June 3, 2021 Find out more PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Organisation November 13, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hamas bans press conferences in Gaza City May 28, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Palestine RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes
Organisation RSF_en April 28, 2015 – Updated on July 18, 2016 RSF looks back on 30 years of defending freedom of information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is marking its 30th anniversary by publishing a report that looks back on the three decades it has spent defending freedom of information.Entitled “Saving independent journalism – 30 years defending media,” the report examines what RSF has done on behalf of freedom of information for the past 30 years, what it is doing now, and the issues involved. It looks at RSF’s biggest campaigns, its battles for the release of detained journalists, the demonstrations it has organized, its lobbying of international organizations, and its practical assistance for journalists who have been threatened, physically attacked or forced to flee abroad. And RSF pays tribute to its information heroes in an overview encompassing both details and big issues.“The big little NGO”From its creation in Montpellier in 1985 to its nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, Reporters Without Borders has grown to become an international NGO with a presence in all five continents and consultative status with the United Nations and UNESCO. Nowadays its activities span the entire globe thanks to a network of more than 150 correspondents and 12 international bureaux and sections.In a forward to the report, secretary-general Christophe Deloire borrows from Victor Hugo’s description of the street urchin Gavroche to define Reporters Without Borders as a “big little NGO.” Now aged 30, RSF has become a “very big little NGO,” Deloire adds. “In the new propaganda era we are entering, the world needs Reporters Without Borders. Whether totalitarian, violent or soft, information control is taking unprecedented forms that free citizens must oppose with all their strength.”Read the complete report: “Saving independent journalism – 30 years defending mediaNever-say-die activismResolute activism is one of RSF’s defining characteristics. It boldly launched a pirate radio station in the centre of Beijing during the 2008 Olympics. It went to Kiev in 2002 and came back with samples of a murdered journalist’s body to have independent forensic analyses done on them and thereby force an apathetic judge to take action. It took part in a commission of enquiry into the death of Norbert Zongo, a journalist killed in his car in Burkina Faso in 1998, and kept fighting until the official investigation was reopened 16 years later.RSF’s ability to wage an effective campaign is another of its characteristics. Ever since the case of Brice Fleutiaux, a journalist who was taken hostage in Chechnya in 1999, Reporters Without Borders has mobilized massive public support for more than 20 hostage journalists. The projection on to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris of the photos of Stéphane Taponier and Hervé Ghesquière, two French journalists who were hostages in Afghanistan, will live on as a symbol of this tireless commitment to journalists kidnapped in the world’s most dangerous regions. After being freed, Taponier and Ghesquière themselves said how important this campaign was during their captivity. When French reporters Didier François, Édouard Élias and Nicolas Hénin and photographer Pierre Torres were kidnapped in Syria in 2013, RSF again campaigned on their behalf until their release in 2014.Helping media and protecting journalistsWhen five employees of the daily newspaper Oslobodenje were killed by an artillery bombardment of its headquarters during the siege of Sarajevo, RSF decided to come to the aid of this symbol of resistance to the violence enveloping the region. It provided the newspaper with newsprint, food and even an armour-plated truck to protect its journalists. In Haiti, just days after the 2010 earthquake, RSF set up a media operations centre in Port-au-Prince. Nowadays, RSF supports Paris-based Radio Erena, the world’s only independent radio station broadcasting to Eritrea.RSF goes to the hotspots. In Ukraine in 2014, it sent protective helmets, goggles and masks for the journalists who were covering the clashes in Maidan Square. It has provided training in physical self-protection for around 100 journalists in Pakistan, where reporting is becoming more and more dangerous in the Tribal Areas. Emergency funding is sent to journalists to help them find a safe refuge, get medical attention or obtain legal aid.30, a good ageRSF continues to provide unfailing support for those who often risk their lives to inform others. Whether Mazen Darwish in Syria, Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia and Gao Yu in China, they are trapped by oppressive systems based on an intolerable level of censorship. RSF also campaigns tirelessly for freedom of information even when the attempts to silence independent voices occur in the most democratic countries, even when the targets are whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.Despite many challenges, Reporters Without Borders will continue to defend freedom of information and media independence with determination, intensity and audacity. Help by sharing this information News
News UpdatesKerala HC Dismisses Quo Warranto Plea Challenging Appointment Of Its Former Judge As Chairman Of Kerala State Commission for Backward Classes [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 Oct 2020 12:05 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court has dismissed a quo warranto petition against Justice G. Sasidharan, who is Chairman, Kerala State Commission for Backward Classes.One S. Subramaniam had approached the High Court contending that Justice Sasidharan was appointed to the post of Upa LokAyukta, and therefore is disqualified from being appointed as a Chairman of the Backward Classes Commission, an appointment…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court has dismissed a quo warranto petition against Justice G. Sasidharan, who is Chairman, Kerala State Commission for Backward Classes.One S. Subramaniam had approached the High Court contending that Justice Sasidharan was appointed to the post of Upa LokAyukta, and therefore is disqualified from being appointed as a Chairman of the Backward Classes Commission, an appointment to a substantive post under the Government in the absence of the removal of his disqualification. Her relied on Section 5(3) of Kerala Lok Ayukta Act, 1999 which provides that, on ceasing to hold office, the Lok Ayukta or an Upa-Lok Ayukta shall not be eligible for further employment to any office of profit under the Government or in any authority, corporation, company, society or university referred to in item (vii) of clause (o) of Section 2.Referring to various provisions of the Act, the bench comprising the Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly considered the issue whether, office of the Chairman of Kerala State Commission for Backward Classes is, either under the employment of Government of India or under the Government of a State?Rejecting the contention that Kerala State Commission for Backward Classes is under the employment of the Government, the bench observed:”Merely because, sub-section (3) of Section 3 in the Kerala State Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993, provides for removal of persons from the Office of Members, for the reasons stated thereunder, that by itself cannot be said that the Government have a control over the Backward Class Commission..Thus, when the advice of the Commission is binding on the Government, the Commission cannot be said to be under the control of the Government. ” Case name: S.SUBRAMANIAM vs. STATE OF KERALACase no.: WP(C).No.17401 OF 2020(S)Coram: Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. ChalyCounsel: Advocates C.HARIKUMAR, RENJITH RAJAPPAN, Sr GP TEK CHANDClick here to Read/Download JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Seneca County announced in January that its libraries would all be fine free as well. Featured image: Jennifer Schlossberg, librarian and head of access and circulation services, helps a visitor check out at the circulation desk. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice) As a way to make sure people truly have free access to books, TCPL has done away with fines on late items. The initiative quietly rolled out Jan. 14. ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Public Library is now a fine-free library. “We kept hearing, ‘We can’t afford to.’ Libraries are free. So, we weren’t meeting our mission. Now we are,” Birdsall said. Going fine free can be a slow process for libraries, who have come to rely on fines as a source of income. However, TCPL has been edging toward going fully fine free. When they instituted automatic renewals a few years ago, Birdsall said, it cut their fine revenue stream in half. And a year ago, TCPL removed fines for children’s materials. Though TCPL once collected around $100,000 in fines, the fine deficit is about 1 percent — or $40,000 — this budget cycle, Birdsall said. Some libraries around the country have done “amnesty days” over the years, and during the no-questions-asked return period, libraries gained back thousands of books. When the Chicago Public Library held one in 2012, more than 100,000 missing books and other materials were returned, according to the Chicago Tribune. To help make up the difference of no longer collecting fines, the library is starting a fundraising campaign, which was kicked off by a $5,000 donation from the Howard Hartnett Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County. “It’s exciting. I think it’s really going to open doors for people and allow us to really embrace our mission in a way that we just haven’t been able to because of that barrier,” Birdsall said. For more details about the library going fine free, visit the library’s FAQ page. “What it really is is a movement,” Library Director Annette Birdsall said. “It’s libraries recognizing that this is a social equity issue, that fines have become a privilege and they — not only do they not work — they actually encourage people to keep materials longer if they can afford it. If you can afford it, you pay your fines, you don’t feel guilty and you support the library. We love people to support the library. We don’t love that it was a privilege and that people who couldn’t afford fines stopped using the library altogether.” Some research suggests library fines and fees do not have clear benefits, are costly to administer and might reduce library usage among low-income families. When Salt Lake City Public Library eliminated fees, for example, checkouts rose 10 percent and the number of cardholders increased by 3.5 percent, according to the library’s director. Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor Birdsall said though fines were in place to encourage the return of materials, they became a barrier to access. She also said the library recognizes that people want to return books, but there are sometimes challenges to doing that on time. And when the fines begin to add up, sometimes people are embarrassed and don’t want to use the library because they can’t afford to. Kelsey O’Connor Tagged: fine free, TCPL, tompkins county public library “We don’t want to rely on negative income, we want to rely on people supporting the library because they want to, not because of this artificial punishment,” Birdsall said. The Tompkins County Public Library is not alone in going fine-free. Some libraries in the Finger Lakes Library System, which comprises five counties, have already gone fine free. The movement is gaining traction nationally, too. Birdsall said more libraries have been going fine free because librarians nationwide have started to realize that fines don’t work. Tompkins County Public Library. (Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice) Tompkins County Public Library. (Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice)