I guess what bothered me about those books--not histories or other kinds of nonfiction books where it really doesn't matter when it was written--is that someone reading it would have a completely wrong impression of what the situation is today. Reading an autobiography or essay by someone living and writing at the time is different. I understand your points of view as scholars and people interested in knowing what others living at other periods of time thought, but if, for example, a high school or middle school student was assigned to write a paper on South Africa or the prison system and chose one of those two books as his main source, he wouldn't get a very good grade or knowledge. Yes, Carrie--I thought of censorship, which I don't like either, but... Anyway, I bow to everyone's opinions. smile Cindy ***WISH LIST (CALLED REQUESTED ADDITIONS TO THE BOOKSHARE COLLECTION)IS AVAILABLE AT http://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/Book_Requests.htm http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/ http://studentpages.alma.edu/~07jmyate/book_requests.htm A LIST OF BOOKS CURRENTLY BEING SCANNED IS AVAILABLE AT http://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/scanning.html http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/ Jake's site for useful links: http://www.jbrownell.com/bkslinks.html --- On Thu, 8/7/08, Gary Petraccaro <garyp130@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > From: Gary Petraccaro <garyp130@xxxxxxxxxxx> > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Books with outdated information > To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008, 10:15 PM > Books don't just tell us what we think today, but what > we believed > yesterday. They're windows into different times and > cultures. > > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx> > To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 10:02 PM > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Books with outdated information > > > >I don't know what the bookshare policy is about > including nonfiction books > >that may have outdated information, and I've asked > Carrie if she can find > >out. Libraries, school and public, periodically go > through their > >collections and pull books that haven't circulated > for a certain number of > >years and/or have outdated information because they > need the space for > >newer books. That isn't the case, of course, for an > electronic library like > >bookshare, but I seriously question the value of time > spent scanning and > >validating books that may have facts and information > that is no longer > >valid. I bring this up because two books added today to > the collection, > >Move Your Shadow-South Africa, Black and White by > Joseph Lelyveld and > >Doing Time: A Look at Crime and Prisons by Phyllis > Elperin Clark, Robert > >Lehrman I wonder about. I haven't read them, but > looking at their copyright > >dates (and I think maybe that of the former might be > incorrect--without > >looking at the > > copyright page, the information I've found > indicates that the book was > > copyrighted in 1985, not 1995) my impression is that > circumstances in > > South Africa are quite different now than 10 or 20 > years ago, and that > > there have also been changes in the prison system in > the last 20 years. > > > > My suggestion would be that submitters and validators > consider whether > > it's worth their time and energy to scan and/or > validate books that a > > print library probably would discard. JMO > > > > Cindy > > > > ***WISH LIST (CALLED REQUESTED ADDITIONS TO THE > BOOKSHARE COLLECTION)IS > > AVAILABLE AT > > > http://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/Book_Requests.htm > > http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/ > > > http://studentpages.alma.edu/~07jmyate/book_requests.htm > > > > A LIST OF BOOKS CURRENTLY BEING SCANNED IS AVAILABLE > AT > > > http://people.delphiforums.com/jamiecalton/scanning.html > > http://www.friendsofbookshare.org/ > > > > Jake's site for useful links: > http://www.jbrownell.com/bkslinks.html > > > > > > > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the > subject line. To get a list > > of available commands, put the word 'help' by > itself in the subject line. > > > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject > line. To get a list of available commands, put the word > 'help' by itself in the subject line. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.