[bksvol-discuss] Re: Questions that have surely been answered

Cindy:  Mary's suggestion really does work.  Though I have been reading
basically the first page of the lists, and as I have some of those "hold
fors" that have been out for a while , I cannot testify to the "whole list."
However, much, much easier to read by title than by date just as Mary said.
Reggie


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Hi Cindy Lou,

Okay, to your first question about why some books have been out for
proofreading for a long, long time, or have been held for a long long time.
Some books are very complex, and can take a long, long time to proofread
really meticulously if the proofreader is limited as to the time he or she
can devote to volunteering.  That's one reason that a hold might be around
for a long long time.

As for the what seem like bazillions of holds for, it's a project of
Bookshare staff that is helping new volunteers learn to proofread.  So, each
new volunteer gets a book to proofread if he/she expresses an interest in
proofreading.  However, I totally understand why you don't want to see all
of those, and I'm here to make your day!  You do not have to see all of
those holds for on the first page of results on the check out page.  Just
above the list of books available for check out are several links labeled
things like Author, Title, and Date added.  What is not apparent is that if
you hit enter, for instance, on the title link, the list of books available
for proofreading will then be sorted alphabetically in order of the first
word of the title of the book.  What this will do is put all of the holds
for in one section which you can more easily skip! The default sort order is
by date added, with the most recently submitted books at the top of the
list.  Try it, I think you'll be giddily happy with the results!

Happy to see you back volunteering!

Mayrie



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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Cindy Ray
Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2011 10:23 AM
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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Questions that have surely been answered

Hi, List,

I haven't been here for a while now. I had come back last summer and soon
after lost my E-mail address. I never found it so got a new one. LOL.

So, here are my questions. First of all, it makes sense that you can check
out a book for two weeks and then must check it back in or re-check it out,
but why can books be held for so long? I found one that has been held for
about 14 or 15 months, and I can't currently remember the name, but I think
it has to do with the Story of Ireland. Are people reminded that they have
holds there? Why can they have so many held for them? A good 25% of the 410
books are holds for, and if you don't really know what you want, searching
is an activity that, frankly, nearly made me decide to not ever volunteer
here anymore. Why isn't there a hold for list that has only these books and
people could go there and find the books they couldn't live without
proofreading? 

Hope y'all don't think these are tacky questions, but they do set me to
wondering. I've just downloaded "Longing: Stories of Racial Healing."

Cindy Lou

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