[bksvol-discuss] Re: A Chat Solution

  • From: Debby Franson <the.bee@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 23:47:52 -0600

Hi Monica!

You had good ideas about chatting and attracting potential volunteers or Bookshare members. It would be fun.


At 01:00 PM 1/10/2010, Monica Willyard wrote
Hi everyone. If you can't use the Accessible World Rooms, you can use one of the rooms at ourplace.acbradio.org to chat. It's the same chat room as Accessible World uses, so you don't have to learn anything new. They have several rooms. I personally like to use the Politics room because it's rarely used for other things. It's reserved for a show on Tuesday nights, but it's wide open and usually empty on the weekends. At least, that was true when I spent time there. I haven't been there for a few months.

The ACB Radio rooms can hold a lot of people, and private text chat is enabled in case people want to exchange email addresses or Skype names. I think it's a great choice for helping our Bookshare community connect, both as a group and on a private level beyond the chat.

A bonus to meeting in that room or one like it is that people may join the chat when they see people in that room. You may meet people who have never heard of Bookshare or have only heard about Bookshare being hard to use. There is a huge void in the blind community. Most of them still don't know about Bookshare at all or have only heard about it as a sort of thing for really academic people. I used to be able to sign up between 8 to 10 members and at least 2 volunteers each month, just from talking with people about what I'm reading or scanning for Bookshare. When they see that it's not just about textbooks, they usually get pretty excited.

If our volunteer community held a chat somewhere, people would begin to join it to learn about Bookshare. Just by including these people in our games, chatter about our books, and suggestions about scanning or proofreading, we make it safe for a new person to ask questions. That's often the first step toward gaining a new friend, Bookshare member, and/or volunteer. When someone offers to help a new member learn how to unzip and read books, Bookshare becomes fun, not something to fear.

What do you all think?

Monica Willyard
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We have to find out where and how and if we are allowed to use the accessible world rooms.

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