[bksvol-discuss] Re: Volunteer Bio: Meet Bookshare Volunteer Roger Loran Bailey

I would usually respond to a note like this with a private email to Andy but as 
we have been racing to post the updated Volunteer Scanning and Proofing Manual 
by end of day today let me check to see if there is anyone else new on the list 
that I may have overlooked.

My apologies Andy.

If you registered online at http://www.bookshare.org/_/volunteer/signUp the 
normal next step is an automatic welcome email telling you that a book will be 
uploaded for you to proof. Typically the next communication is when you submit 
the book or if you send in specific questions. The manual is here. It will be 
updated this evening;

https://wiki.benetech.org/display/BSO/Scanning+and+Proofreading+Manual


Scott Rains
Benetech Fellow, Bookshare Volunteer Department
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Loran Bailey

Talking about new volunteers, I signed up earlier this week and never got
notified about whether I was accepted or not.

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Not at all! These bios are just another resource we are creating for our new
volunteers to make the "onbarding" more complete and informative.

Scott Rains
Benetech Fellow, Bookshare Volunteer Department
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Loran Bailey

Is it required?

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Andy,

That would be great too!

Here' the original call for bios:

I am introducing our off-site volunteers to our in-house volunteers. Would
each of you write up a little bit on yourselves that covers these points and
send it to me:

1) A bit about yourself and why you are at Bookshare
2) The tasks you have done at Bookshare
3) A little about what you feel you have contributed or learned

Scott Rains
Benetech Fellow, Bookshare Volunteer Department
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Loran Bailey

What if we don't really have a bio to send in? Just a plain ordinary person
who is unsuccessfully trying to scan books for bookshare...

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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Volunteer Bio: Meet Bookshare Volunteer Roger
Loran Bailey


Volunteers,

Not only is it very helpful to have your biographies of volunteering with
Bookshare on hand to orient new volunteers it is just plain fun to read
about each of you and the unique parts you play in the success of Bookshare.

The most recent volunteer to send  in his bio is Roger Loran Bailey. His
essay is below.

We look forward to receiving many more!

Scott Rains
Benetech Fellow, Bookshare Volunteer Department
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Hi, my name is Roger Loran Bailey. Before I lost my eyesight in 1988 I was a
fanatic reader.

I don't think there had been even a moment since my childhood that I was not
in the process of reading one or more books. After becoming blind my reading
was confined to listening to books on tape for a long time and there were a
whole lot of books that were simply not available in that format.

I was late to the computer revolution and when I did get a computer I was
really lucky that I even knew how to plug it in. I had to teach myself
everything. I had absolutely no help at learning how to use a computer. The
adventure was long and arduous. Finally, when I got access to the Internet
in 2003 I did, even though not immediately, visit the Bookshare web site. At
that time my ignorance was still great enough that I did not quite
understand how to even begin to use the site. I remember sending a question
to the support email address and I was replied to pretty quickly, but I did
not understand the answer. I went back to using the Internet before other
purposes and stayed away from Bookshare for a long time while I continued to
plug away at teaching myself.

It was in July of 2008 that I was getting frustrated with the playback
equipment that I was using to read audio books from one of the audio book
agencies I was using that I decided to take a look at Bookshare again. I
found out that I had learned enough that I could understand the site a lot
better than I did the first time I visited it. I started reading the
information available, including the volunteer manual and signed up for a
subscription.

I then tried my hand at some proofreading. I was lucky that I started quite
accidentally with an almost perfect scan. When I tried to Upload it I found
out that I could not do that. It was my computer ignorance again. I then
subscribed to the volunteer discussion list and asked for help. Fortunately
there was someone on that list who was able to correctly judge my level of
ignorance and talked me through the process. I have remained subscribed to
the volunteer list ever since and I discovered a real bonus from it. That is
that I have learned a lot more about using my computer in general and my
pace of learning has speeded up a lot with others to consult.

At first my motive for volunteering was to defray the cost of my
subscription, but I found out very quickly that other reasons tended to grow
on me.

For one thing, Bookshare does not have a lot of the kinds of books that I am
interested in. Volunteering gives me the motivation to scan them myself and
submit them. I think my intention of defraying the cost of my subscription
has gone away now because I now find myself buying books especially to scan
and submit. That means that I am spending more on volunteering than I am
getting back in credits.

I will also say that the drought of books that I faced when I lost my
eyesight seems to have gone away. What with Bookshare, the National Library
Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Recording for the Blind
and Dyslexic, Gutenberg.org, Archive.org, the Baen free library,
Marxists.org, and other web sites that supply books I now have easier access
to more books than I ever had when I was sighted and the ones I don't have
access to I can make accessible by scanning and submitting them.

I will admit that that last point is a slow way to read a book, but I think
my comprehension is better when I spend so much time working on such a book.
Besides, by making it accessible to me I make it not only beneficial to me,
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