Also, what makes the list more restrictive for me, and possibly for other sighted volunteers is that I leave the books where the quality is excellent for people who cannot use a print book to check if necessary. I can't scan because of arthritis pain, and though I'm not a member who needs credits I like to earn them to be able to donate them. Besides I enjoy being able to help people,and for a couple of reasons volunteer work outside the home is no longer an option for me. There is the poet project, which I do as I have time while proofing, but I don't particularly enjoy it, and would prefer not to do it full time, though I will if that's all here is left to do. At the moment, though, I have to very long books to do as well as a more normal one to finish so I don't really need anything at the moment,except that there's a book I want to read that is unavailable and I hope that it's on Amazon and so I want to work toward a gift certificate Cindy --- On Wed, 7/25/12, Ali Al-hajamy <aalhajamy@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > From: Ali Al-hajamy <aalhajamy@xxxxxxxxx> > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: New 3 hold maximum in check out queue > To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 7:34 PM > To build on your statement, not > necessarily in disagreement because I don't, but just as a > random thought, the "overwhelming number" here refers to > about thirty-five out of fifty books available on the > checkout list at all times. What I mean by that is that if > there were more books being scanned, even if there were a > lot of holds, necessary or not, it wouldn't matter, because > we would ideally have enough books for volunteers to be able > to browse and find something interesting that didn't happen > to have a hold on it. That's the way it used to be even as > recently as last year. The problem you stated in your > message, as far as I can see, is only really a problem > because there aren't many books available on the checkout > list, and if there were, it wouldn't be as big of a problem, > assuming it would exist at all. > Conclusion: We need more scanners. Or, as outlined before on > this list, Bookshare should think about putting books that > have had quality reports written about them, in-house and > outsourced scans, or both onto the checkout list for > prooffers to work on them. Something needs to change, that's > all I know for sure. And perhaps restricting the > partnerships of long-established volunteers, many of whom > (a) scan, and (b) might just decide to stop working with us > if their activities continue to be restricted for the sake > of pandering to new volunteers is not the best way to go > about it. > > On 25-Jul-12 22:10, Roger Loran Bailey wrote: > > The trouble with that is that it would likely encourage > unnecessary holds. Like I said, I think we already get a lot > of unnecessary holds. When someone announces that they have > a book ready to upload and asks who wants it that is an > unnecessary hold. If you are going to place a hold on it for > the first person who asks for it then why place a hold on it > at all? The overwhelming number of books on the checkout > list have holds as it is. These suggestions of keeping some > kind of form that people can state the kinds of books that > they would like held for them seems to be steering the > checkout list toward nothing but holds. There would be no > room for a new volunteer to just browse it and try out > proofreading. > > On 7/25/2012 9:56 PM, Ali Al-hajamy wrote: > >> Great idea. Then people could get in touch with > volunteers, new or old, who they know would be interested in > whatever they've scanned, and this problem would be > minimised. > >> > >> On 25-Jul-12 21:54, Ann Parsons wrote: > >>> Hi all, > >>> > >>> Tracy, have you made an effort to get to know > folks here? Have you let anyone know the kinds of > books you're interested in proofing? Have you put out > an announcement on the list as to what you'd like to > proof? A scanner cannot know all proofers, and may not > know that you're interested in proofing a given type of > book. > >>> > >>> Maybe what we need is to have volunteers write > blurbs or fill out forms where they say what types of books > they like. 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