[bksvol-discuss] Re: gaps in the collection

Cindy,

Luckily for us all, it's been working properly for a couple of weeks
now.  It's fantastic to see you back.
Courtney

On 3/1/09, Cindy Rosenthal <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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> I knowthere have been sports figure biographies added recently hough they
> may be at the young adult level. Is the new books added site working
> properly these days?
>
> Cindy
> WISH LIST (CALLED REQUESTED ADDITIONS TO THE BOOKSHARE COLLECTION)IS
> AVAILABLE AT
> http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/wish_list/wish_list.htm
> www.lljfm.net/bookshare/home.htm
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> A LIST OF BOOKS CURRENTLY BEING SCANNED IS AVAILABLE AT
> http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/
> www.lljfm.net/bookshare/home.htm
>
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> --- On Tue, 2/24/09, Homme, James <james.homme@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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>> From: Homme, James <james.homme@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: gaps in the collection
>> To: "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 3:23 AM
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>> Hi,
>> Last time I looked,
>> the sports arena was extremely slanted toward horses. We
>> need some classic biographies of pro sports people. I
>> don’t read a lot in that
>>  area, or I’d be better at steering the request in
>> the right direction.
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>> Thanks.
>>
>> Jim
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>> From:
>> bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>> On Behalf Of Carrie Karnos
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>> Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 3:42 PM
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>> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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>> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: gaps in the
>> collection
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>> Hi Monica,
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>> Unbeknownst to anyone, because the books haven't been
>> put into the collection yet, I bought 20 books at the Home
>> Depot a month ago. These books are on plumbing, wiring,
>> drywall, trimwork, barbecues, kitchen remodeling, brick and
>> tile, landscaping, backyards
>>  for children, how houses are built, etc, etc.  I also
>> got some books on cutting electricity bills and creating
>> 'greener' houses.
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>> And thanks to a donation of 600+ books a couple of
>> months ago, there are maybe 16 books coming on perennials,
>> annuals, orchids, greenhouses, house plants, African
>> violets, etc.
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>> And a week ago, I bought a dozen books on films, and some
>> TV series (Lost, Firefly, Star Trek).
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>> And I bought a book on the history of American birding.
>> Never occurred to me that someone would write a book about
>> that, but they did, so I got it.
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>> I'll see if I can find books on defensive driving, car
>> maintenance, beauty/fashion, scrapbooking, home decorating,
>> and flower arranging.
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>> Our star Googler is looking for histories of the various
>> countries around the world from non-American, non-European
>> people, per another person's request. And she's
>> looking for pro-communism writers too, per yet another
>> person's request. Since she likes international
>>  politics, she's having a good time with these last two
>> requests.
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>> Carrie
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>> From: Monica Willyard
>> <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
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>> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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>> Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 12:04:11 PM
>>
>> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: gaps in the
>> collection
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>> Hi Carrie. Since
>> Bookshare serves sighted people, I see some gaps others may
>> not have mentioned. Books about defensive driving, car
>> maintenance,
>>  beauty/fashion, bird watching, scrapbooking, and home
>> decorating and remodeling are missing from Bookshare. We
>> also don’t have many books about flower arranging,
>> varieties of flowers and plants, and landscaping. Many of
>> our books about houseplants and gardening
>>  are rated fair and are hard to read. They aren’t
>> visible to new members by default. In fact, our “Home
>> and Garden” category is fairly anemic, especially
>> since around half of the 181 books are Shelley’s
>> series of children’s books about animals that are
>> “nature’s
>>  children.” If you watch TV, networks like TLC,
>> A&E, Style, and HGTV are full of shows about decorating,
>> remodeling, and restoring houses or about planting lovely
>> gardens and landscaping with designs that flatter the style
>> of a home.
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>> So far,
>> Bookshare’s collection doesn’t reflect these
>> types of interests. I haven’t figured out if this lack
>> of content is due to lack
>>  of interest from submitters or if the material is
>> difficult to scan. It could be a combination of both. I do
>> know that sighted people read books on these subjects and
>> think they will expect to see books about these topics in
>> the collection.
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>>
>> Monica
>> Willyard
>> "The best way to
>> predict the future is to create it." -- Peter
>> Drucker
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