[bksvol-discuss] Re: Attempting a b s o copy

  • From: "E." <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2007 20:03:51 -0400

I am concerned that decisions are being made from the top down without engaging the entire volunteer community in the process. Whatever the decisions, we as volunteers are bookshare users in a more profound sense that a few staff members (three?) are. Also, the high turn over in staff means that many who are now volunteers have been with bookshare for a long time compared with the time most staff have been with the project. Finally, I know bookshare to be one of the few organizations with major input from its blind users rather than being run from the top by a well meaning sighted staff who have our interests at heart as is the case in some organizations. As well meaning as people who have my interests at heart may be, they are not me. The name of the organizations is book "share".


At 03:54 PM 6/5/2007, you wrote:
I can see both sides here. I understand Bookshare staff wanting books to be rescanned. On the flip side, some of the books that were submitted during the first 3 years are in in a condition that could be fixed by a normal validation procedure, (removing headers, inserting page breaks where the numbers already are, and fixing common scannos like cornpany for the word company.) Many books in the good quality section are in this group. I have felt both sad and somewhat annoyed that whoever validated these books didn't appear to make any efforts toward fixing obvious errors. I guess requiring a rescan is intended to make sure we have the best copy possible.

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