[bksvol-discuss] Re: frustrating?

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Julia
----- Original Message ----- From: "Monica Willyard" <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2009 10:36 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: frustrating?


Candice, I hear you. You sound as annoyed by those as I am. Hang on
just a few more weeks. The new Bookshare site is able to access book
data including the description from the back cover or dust jacket of
most books. Since anyone on this list is eligible to do the public
beta test, that's not a secret. (smile) Once the site is rolled out
and is running well, Bookshare staff can begin the process of
correcting book data when it is totally absent. It will take time, but
the process is well on its way to seeing the light of day. I do hope
they will reprocess the books submitted by the Worth Trust since most
of their synopsis work is unhelpful at best and confusing at its
worst. That's not a slam against them. English isn't their native
language, and I respect them for the work they do. Then, maybe with
the help of volunteers, Bookshare can find books that don't have a
long synopsis and fix those as well. People won't get as upset about
their synopsis being changed if it's the publisher's own description
of the book. At least I don't think they will.

Btw, the synopsis and book entry form haven't always worked as they do
now. Especially with older books, it is very common to see the word
"none" in either or both of the synopsis fields. It's only been in the
past year or so that books were required to have some sort of synopsis
and to be given at least one category during submission so they can be
found. If you saw how books were processed during the first two years,
you might be amazed we can read any of them at all! Lisa and her crew
have literally done lifesaving surgery to keep Bookshare going. When
we look at Bookshare a year from now, we'll probably laugh at how
things were cobbled together and be glad that it's easier to use. I
know I feel this way now compared to when I started volunteering. If
you all ever feel like understanding how Bookshare got to where we are
now, go searching through the archives of this list. Look for messages
from late 2005 and all through 2006. You might start wondering if
we're even talking about the same organization. (grin) When you're
done reading, I bet you'll want to give Carrie a hug and some
chocolate for all she does to help books get into the collection.

--
Monica Willyard
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