How does one follow up your suggestion about reading the archives? Obviously I go to the freelist website but then do I need to sign in or something I presume with the email that I'm subscribed with, is there a password?
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 Visit my blog at http://www.scannersguild.com To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxput the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.
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