[bksvol-discuss] Re: Romances and grants

Dear Tammy,Shelley, Roger, and Booksharian Friends,

Thank you, Shelley, for your lucid, experience based explanation of how it is 
that most books qualify for grant support at Bookshare. A good example of the 
popular fiction books Bookshare is scanning by the dozens is the Goosebumps 
series. Some kids love 'em and teachers use 'em so into the collection they go!

Tammy, as a romance lover you're going to find plenty to read in the Bookshare 
collection. Bookshare isn't shunning romances, but when spending grant funds, 
it must follow grant guidelines from the government which supplies the money. 
Several active volunteers contribute quality scans and proofreadings of 
romances. In fact, though it isn't my favorite genre, I've scanned and 
proofread some romances myself. 

As for why Bookshare isn't encouraging donations of romances, aside for the 
fact that the grant doesn't supply funds for staff to process it in house,I 
suspect lack of space to store donated books is part of the problem. Bookshare 
rents office space. I've heard from staff that at times boxes of donated books 
have lined the walls of the conference room and they can only be stacked so 
high before becoming a hazard.

Did you notice that the first several books on John's list of new books are 
romances? Bookshare and many readers welcome them. The cool thing is that we 
volunteers are free to submit and proof any type of book we like. I love it 
that we aren't bound by grant specifications. 

Since I'm a volunteer like you and only communicate with the staff on the rare 
occasions, 2 or 3 times a year, when I need information I can't get on this 
list, or botch information I've filled in on a form and want it corrected, I 
can't answer your questions officially. In my experience the staff are patient 
with our questions so don't hesitate to ask them the questions you asked in 
your post. 

I'll be glad to talk to you off list about your scanning and proofreading 
questions. When I began volunteering about three years ago, and all along since 
then, I learn techniques and tricks on this list and off list with helpful 
volunteers who enjoy sharing what they know. Like Allisa who is new and already 
giving good advice, you'll soon be answering questions yourself.

Always with love,

Lissi


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Tammy Blaker 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Sunday, May 10, 2009 9:04 AM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Romances and grants


  Lissi,

  I don't understand , why would Romances not be covered?  I love romances and 
lots of other women do too.  If it covers SCI-FI and other fiction books then 
why would it not cover romance?  If it is the sex in romances they should read 
some SCI-FI and mystery books, because sex is in lots of other books too.

  I scan Harlequin books and other romance all the time so I can submit them if 
there are proofreaders for them.  I want to get the rest of Catherine Coulter 
books and scan them too.

  Why wont Bookshare do a training class for scanners and proofreaders like 
they do for Victor Reader and Read Out Loud?  The manual does not give much 
info on what is the best fonts, how to do the best headers and how the auto 
computers work with the scan programs.  I want the books I submit to sail 
through without problems and would take the time to fix them so they would.

  I set my OCR to English UK and it is doing great now and I'm scanning 50 
pages a day.  I hope to get faster as I learn.  Almost every romances is in UK 
English not American. 

   I have a question.  On the book I submitted.  Radha Ayalasomayajul  Checkout 
the book and it says:  Active artifact id 421897 (RFT)

  Then it say Radha Ayalasomayajula Checkout Active artifact id 421898 (Daisy)

  I understand the first Radha Ayalasomayajul is proofing my rft file of the 
book.  But the second part does it mean she is turning it into a Daisy book so 
it can be checked out?  Does she work for Bookshare?  I'm just trying to 
understand the steps from my rft book file to a book that can be checked out at 
Bookshare.

  Tammy

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