[bksvol-discuss] Re: More Awards for Bookshare?

  • From: "Mary Otten" <maryotten@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005 21:24:42 -0600

I guess I'm somewhere in the middle on this discussion. Because of the heavy 
validation backlog, I'd like it a lot if some of the in house volunteers would 
be interested, if they could pitch in on the validation side, since 
it clearly generally involves a whole lot more time than what was initially 
envisioned. On the other hand, I do like the idea of special projects, like 
Pulitzers or Newberries etc, rather than just pumping out the latest book 
of interest this month, which nobody will remember a year from now. It seems to 
me that many best sellers and book of the month selections will take care of 
themselves, because they are of immediate popular interest, 
so they are more likely to be picked up by an existing member and scanned. Of 
course, for the big long block busters of mega-interest, like Harry Potter or 
the Clinton autobiography, the in house volunteers did do 
those. I also appreciate the in house volunteers taking a shot at more 
difficult titles, like cookbooks, which are really difficult to do well if you 
can't see the original copy. I wonder if it would be worth it to see if in 
volunteers might be interested also in validating some of the more difficult 
titles, such as the nonfictions that contain notes, maps and the like, which 
can really benefit from somebody following with the printed copy.

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