[bksvol-discuss] RFB and D
- From: "Estelnalissi" <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 11:29:56 -0500
Dear Mike and Everyone,
Though NLS, NBP, The Wisconsin Volunteer Braillists and Bookshare keep me too busy to justify subscribing to RFB and D, I know the later is an excellent organization with a sizable library.
For the most part, I look for books in braille. The 4 groups I'm active with provide books in braille format. I thought RFB and D provided audio but not braille books. Is that true? It's still a fabulous resource, but unless it added the braille choice, it wouldn't fill my needs as wonderfully as Bookshare can.
Thanks for the information,
Always with love,
----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Pietruk" <pietruk@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 11:18 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Bye Bye
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.
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