[bksvol-discuss] Re: Book categories

I hear you, but nonfiction doesn't mean much and the rest don't really apply. I think we need a new category such as current events or politics. Maybe even campaign book for those titles put out by presidential candidates or wouldbe candidates.


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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Book categories


I'd use both Nonfiction and History, and possibly,
depending on content and the style in which the book
is written, possibly Textbooks and Educational
Matierial and/or Reference.

JMO

G.Cindy




yp130@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I'm glad you wrote this.  It reminds me of a
question I keep meaning to ask.
What category do you use for political/current event
books?  There doesn't
seem to be one.
Thanks.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike and Lori Castner"
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Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 10:51 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Wish List Idea


Robert, that is an excellent idea to have step one
sorted by genref!! It
would be much easier to find the books we really
want to validate.  It might
also be helpful for someone who wants a complete
look at a certain genre;
you might look at the books which are ready to read
and then at the step one
page and see what's in the pipe.
Mike
----- Original Message ----- From: Robert Riddle
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  Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 4:07 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Wish List Idea


  Well, I don't think the validation process is very
efficient, personally.
Here's how I think it should work.
  1. User submits a book. It gets added to a
database of books in process,
what's now the step 1 page.
  2. Once the book is in the database, it gets added
to a webpage. But
rather than having all books in one giant page,
users can sort it by genre
the way they can in the collection.
  3. Once a user has picked a book to validate, it
gets added to the books
in processing page, along with the volunteer
assigned to that book, so that
the original submitter can contact that volunteer
directly with any added
pages or contexts. That would get rid of that
"submitted by a bookshare.org
volunteer" garbage.
  4. Once the user who is validating the book
finishes, they upload into the
system on the step 2 page for final approval.


    The wishlist could work much the same way. Users
would submit titles
they want similar to the same page they use to
submit a book onto step 1,
complete with genre information, so that scanners
could go through and,
rather than scrolling through a whole list of
irrelevant books, they could
go directly into the category they wre interested
in, pick books and, thus,
remove that book from the wishlist queue. Your idea
is basically good,
Jamie, but I think my idea would streamline the
whole process of
scanning/validating books. What do you guys think?

----- Original Message ----- From: Jamie Yates, CPhT
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    Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 3:36 PM
    Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Wish List Idea


    I was listening to Jake's chat from 11-20 and
part of Jim's from 11-27
this morning on the way to work (yes it's a long
drive) and then more of
Jim's on the way home.

    I was making some notes to think about later and
one thing in Jake's
chat was if anyone had suggestions for how to make
the wishlist work better.

    Back in August I suggested the wishlist work
just like submitting books
works. Step 1 works, apparently, with no help at all
from Bookshare except
whatever it took to have them set it up.

    The wishlist could work the same way. Just like
when a person submits a
book, when a person submits a wish, that could go to
a wishlist "step 1".
When a person wants to scan a wish, just like when a
person wants to
validate, they go to this "step 1", and choose a
book. That book gets
assigned only to that volunteer. Just like when the
book is validated it
gets uploaded in "step 2", when the book is scanned,
it also could get
uploaded in a wishlist "step 2" which would
automatically put it on the
Books in process step 1.

    All of this could be done by users without the
need to continually
update and upload a new wishlist, inform people of
the desire to scan a
wish, etc. It would work exactly like the submission
and validation process
works.

    I would suggest that the wishlist also have a
"wishes in progress" list
like the books in processing list, so others know
that a book is either on
the wishlist, or a book from the wishlist is being
scanned.

    So, the process as I envision it, would be: if
you have a book you want,
you check the collection to see if it is already
there. If not, you check
the books in processing list to see if someone is
validating it. If not, you
check the wishes in progress list to see if someone
is scanning it. If not,
then you go to the wishlist page, where you'd fill
out a form with the
book's title and author, and maybe ISBN. Then it
would go to the wishlist,
where it would be a link that a submitter could
choose to be assigned to
scan that book. When scanning is finished, you have
a link to submit the
book so that it goes off the wishes in progress list
and into the step 1
list and everyone knows what happens after that.

    If it were sophisticated enough, the system
could email the requesting
person that someone has chosen to scan the book and
then email them again to
let them know it is on step 1, should they choose to
want to validate it.
That might be asking for a lot, though.

    Just an idea. When I suggested it in August,
several people thought it
sounded like a good plan.


    Jamie in Michigan
    Currently Reading - Father and Son by Larry
Brown




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