[bksvol-discuss] Re: book synopses and volunteer poll

Hi, Lissi,
I very much admire your ability to write or rewrite synopses. It is one of the chores I intensely dislike doing. However, when I read one that is really poor on the medidata, I grit my teeth and rewrite it! I forgot to mention one item in my survey that I feel strongly about and wish it could be added to existing data. The questions did not remind me to mention it and I was having a lot of trouble getting information into the form. I wish that Bookshare would create one SEARCHABLE database including all the books in bookshare--whether they are "planning to be scanned", already in the collection, on the checkout list, in books in processing or being processed by outsourcers. With one such database, volunteers could find out much more easily when a book is being worked on. Right now it is necessary to search too many databases. The difficulty of finding out the status of a book is one reason I have virtually stopped scanning. I have mentioned this before on this list and to staff--hope it will happen someday! And, not to begin a thread of off topic messages, Happy Earth Day to all. We live on a fragile planet!

Lori C.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Estelnalissi" <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 8:42 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] book synopses and volunteer poll


Dear Jill and Booksharian Friends,

Jill, I agree with your observation that synopses are sadly neglected, underwritten and uninformative. In the survey I suggested that another task volunteers could take on to assist Bookshare is to replace inadequate synopses with thoughtfully written ones. This includes short synopses which consist of the first 50 words of the dust jacket information which often don't give an overall summation of the book and even cut off in midsentence. The volunteer might not need to read the entire book, but should spot read and do enough research to write from knowledge, not copying Amazon or other reviews which isn't allowed anyway.

I made several other suggestions and raved about the many things I love about Bookshare, too.

It was disappointing to hear that fewer than ten per cent of volunteers on this list filled out the survey. The problems I had with it, which were just like those Lori Castner noticed, have been corrected. With Windows XP and JAWS 10, the survey was easy to read and fill out.

A few months ago I missed a survey because I procrastinated. I've been kicking myself ever since. Now there's a new survey and I hopped to it to make my experiences and ideas known. I hope more of you will take this opportunity to communicate your impressions of what works and isn't working so well from your perspective as volunteers. This is our chance to talk to the staff. I'm so glad they are asking and are listening. Let's not waste this chance.

Always with love,

Lissi

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jill O'Connell" <jillocon@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 1:48 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Currently scanning


Has anyone seen Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons in the collection? I entered this in the search box the other day and it took me to other books by this author but not the one I had sought. I read this book in braille a few years ago but may have obtained it from Web Braille. While I am on this subject, I think most of the comments that are showing up about the books are abysmal. They are obviously pieced from original synopses or something, often including an advertising about the book or author, marginally helpful in my opinion.

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