[bksvol-discuss] Duplicating NLS Titles

  • From: Monica Willyard <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2007 23:46:52 -0400

Hi. I can think of 4 compelling reasons to scan books that are currently available on cassette from NLS. In order of importance to me, they are:


1. NLS has said they're going to retire cassettes within a few years and do not plan to convert most of those titles to digital format. So they will be completely inaccessible in just a few years. 2013 is the year they're planning to begin this process. Does anyone remember what happened when they retired the great books on records? You still can't get over half of those older books anywhere now.

2. Cassettes are bulky and break easily. They are not really a great medium for books to begin with and are a hassle for people who like to read on the go. You can't easily search them for information you want or need, and you can't make bookmarks at your favorite passages while still being able to move around in the book.

3. Our deaf/blind and some of our learning disabled membership can't use audio and need material in Braille.

4. NLS has been grossly mismanaging their funding. Frankly, I think it's possible that they will be shut down if they don't shape up. Then we'd end up having to scan those books anyway, and we'd be reacting in a sort of panic. I'd rather have books in both places so if we lose one, we still have the other and aren't stranded.

Monica Willyard

Evan Reese wrote:
I don't think that it is true that we frown on duplicate books. Personally, I don't think it should matter. I'm validating two books now that are part of the NLS collection, and very well recorded at that. There are many here who, for one reason or another, such as being deaf-blind or hard of hearing, can't access most of NLS's collection - since most of it is on tape. So whether a book is available from NLS should not be a factor in deciding whether to scan it for Bookshare. If it isn't in the collection, and it does not violate the legalities, then it is fair game.

I also like Nero Wolfe, but when other commitments will allow me the time to scan any is something I'll have to look at. One thing in their favor is that most of them are not very long books, so they should be fairly quick scans.

Evan

----- Original Message ----- From: <james.homme@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, October 04, 2007 9:46 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Nero Wolf Was found 8 new Agatha Christie books!


Hi,
I know we frown on duplicate books and that NLS has a good deal of Nero
Wolf audio books, but I know of hardly any braille ones, which makes me
wonder how extensive our collection of Nero Wolf books is? That said, if
anyone ever wants to scan them let me know and I'll validate.

Thanks.

Jim

James D Homme,
Usability Engineering
Highmark Inc.
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