[bct] FW: [bksvol-discuss] Bookshare.org and You

  • From: "Jamie Pauls" <jamiepauls@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <accesscomp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2006 17:36:47 -0600



From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Janice Carter
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 12:49 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Bookshare.org and You

For the last year, the Bookshare.org community, including staff, volunteers,
members, and partners, have been challenged by a variety of things including
staffing, funding, book processing, and more funding.  

Things have recently changed however.  The following will outline the high
level happenings that will directly affect you over the next few months and

1.  Overall Benetech funding got a huge kick start from the founders of eBay
last month.

2.  As a result, the first open requisition at Benetech was for
Bookshare.org Manager, Alternative Media.  

3.  As of last Monday, Ms. Jennifer Sutton has agreed to join the staff of
Bookshare.org in Palo Alto to build the Bookshare.org collection of the
future.  If you don't know Jennifer, she has worked for organizations such
as NCB Development Corporation, Washington, DC; Recording for the Blind &
Dyslexic; CAST, Inc.; Library of Congress, National Library Service for the
Blind and Physically Handicapped; and the DAISY Consortium.  She has
authored or co-authored articles and publications such as "DAISY For All:
Publishers' Collaboration Enabling Print Access," Information Technology and
Disabilities, 2004; the DAISY News (Editor) for the DAISY Consortium, 2002 -
2004; A Guide to Making Documents Accessible, American Council of the Blind,
2002; "Dial A for Access:  Getting Cell Phones You Can Really Use,"
AccessWorld, 2002; "An Analysis of Collection Development and Collection
Management for Bookshare.org," Benetech, 2001; "How to Get an Accessible
Telephone," American Foundation for the Blind, 2001; "A Dip into
Accessibility on the WWW," presented at Kansas State University, 2001.  

Bottom line - she is a Bookshare.org member, one of the most knowledgeable
people about accessible formats - DAISY, NIMAS and BRF - and she's now
working for all of us.  Jennifer will be at CSUN on March 23rd to meet with
Bookshare.org's members, volunteers, and partners.  

4.  Marissa Mika set a new level of quality in supporting you, the
Bookshare.org Volunteers.  As a result, we have created a new role of
overall support to customers and volunteers.  This position was posted at
the Benetech website yesterday afternoon: 


"This position provides support to a wide range of Bookshare.org customers
from Internet beginners to IT professionals. The incumbent in this position
also serves as the voice and champion/advocate of the Bookshare.org remote
volunteers within the Bookshare.org organization."   

If you are interested in applying for this role (which is based in Palo
Alto), please contact me directly at  <mailto:janice.c@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

If you have any questions about any other issues, call me anytime at either
of the numbers below.

Thanks again for your support.  

Janice Carter

Director, Literacy Programs



480 S. California Ave., Suite 201

Palo Alto, CA 94306-1609 USA


(650) 475-5440 x122

(650) 759-5828 cell

(650) 475-1066 fax





The Benetech Initiative - Technology Serving Humanity 

A Nonprofit Organization

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