SWAG 1 Activity #1: Calculate Fines & Replacement Costs

Explain to the client, “The library has 150 patrons who have overdue books or videos. A letter has been sent to each patron requesting that the book or video be returned, along with the overdue fine.” Show the letter to the client and explain it.

Put the letter aside and provide the client with the red cards or white cards and Form A. Be sure that side 1 of the stack of cards is up and explain to the client each field of information on the card in simple terms, such as: “These are the bookkeeping cards on which fines and replacement costs are recorded. Use these cards to solve this series of problems.”

Have the client perform each task that is described below. Either present each task in order or allow the client to proceed through the problems under his or her own direction, depending on the client’s level of ability and your desire to simulate independence on the job. This task can be done on a “paper and pencil” basis or on the computer, using the provided Excel spreadsheets.

Activity 1 Tasks
Task # Problem Task Resources
1 How many books or videos do we have that are overdue? Sort cards in terms of book or video, count the number in each category. Record the total. Side 1 of Red or White card, Form A
2 How many books or videos of each title do we have that are overdue? Sort cards in terms of each title, count the number of each. Record the total. Side 1 of Red or White card, Form A
3 What is the total replacement cost for each title? Use 10-key calculator to calculate replacement cost within each title, based on count in Task #2. Record the cost. Form A
4 How much will the current fine be for each title? The current fine is the first dollar figure below the address. use 10-key calculator to calculate total current fine for each title. Record the total. Side 1 of Red or White card, Form A
5 How much will the fine be for each title in the future? The future fine is the second dollar figure below the address. Use 10-key calculator to calculate total future fine for each title. Record the total. Side 1 of Red or White card, Form A

Files:

  • Activity 1 Instructions (PDF)
  • A Title Costs (PDF)
  • B Title Costs Answers (PDF)
  • SWAG 1 Red Label Side 1 (PDF)
  • SWAG 1 White Label Side 1 (PDF)
  • Activity 1 - Title Costs Blank (Excel)
  • Activity 1 - Title Costs Answers (Excel)

Client orientation and instruction: 5–10 minutes

Typical activity duration: 60–120 minutes