It's too bad that RFB&D hasn't gone into something like BookShare. They have the expertise, the funding channels in place, and the ability to recruit volunteers to help with the day-to-day operation and grunt work. Time will tell, of course, where both technology and Bookshare will end up. I am guessing, however, that the current situation of folks hand scanning books is an interim step ultimately replaced by high speeding scanning or electronic digital tapes adding books to the collection. I understand, Sue, where you are coming from and surfacewise, your analysis makes sense. However, I suspect that the ultimate culprits are both a lack of funding compounded bby slow growth in the user base which discourages contributors even if they are found. The volunteer community can be dedicated and hard working; but whithout Palo Alto playing its part and supplying direction and management, it is for naught. Personally, while I hope that Bookshare can clean up its operation and make it more polished, I am hoping that some other organization, such as RFB&D, will ultimately step forward and offer a similar service that can overcome the short falls that a pioneer operation that Bookshare has shown. This is a learning experience for all parties involved as this has never been done before. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.