[bksvol-discuss] Announcement: Changes to Wish List and Books Being Scanned List

  • From: Scott Rains <scottr@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "bks_announce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bks_announce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:02:37 -0800


"Grandma" Cindy has been the dynamo behind the Wish List and Books Being 
Scanned List. Recently she has done a total review of the Wish List and its 
archives. More than a "one category hero" she is also someone who takes on 
tough proofreading jobs.

In 2011 one of my top priorities is to rally the resources of Benetech to help 
veteran volunteers like Cindy excel. Starting today the two lists Cindy has 
become synonymous with will be managed in-house at Bookshare - and Cindy will 
be free to tackle the backlog of proofing on her personal wish list! A big 
Thank You to Cindy from all of us.

Earlier I announced that Collection Development would be thinning out the Wish 
List at the end of January. The first part of that project has begun with 61 
non-fiction books being removed from the Wish List and passed over to our 
vendors to complete. Attached is that list in both Word and Excel. A second 
similar-sized group of fiction books will follow shortly. Again, thank you 
Cindy for the hours you spend making sure we had an exhaustive list to work 
from for this task.

Over the next several months more automation will be used to maintain the Wish 
List and Books Being Scanned List. For example, it is now necessary to send an 
email to one of the following to addresses to get on the list. No one will be 
scanning this discussion list and automatically adding books as Cindy has done. 
At the same time, it is still a good idea to mention here which books you are 
adding to the lists and maybe inspire someone to take it to the next step.

Submit your notices to:



The Wish List format will be briefer and items will remain on it for 3 months. 
To start we will post the lists every two weeks to the Bookshare Volunteer 
Discussion List and update the wiki once during February. As we work put the 
inevitable glitches in the new process posting and updates will become more 

Scott Rains
Benetech Fellow

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