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

  • From: "Marissa Mika" <Marissa.M@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 11:43:24 -0800

Hey Shelley, 

Getting these lists to Rui should be easy. Carrie, do you want to send
the Nebulas, Edgars, and Hugos, and I'll send along the Caldecotts,
Nationals, Pulitzers and Bookers? That should keep us pretty busy for

Rui, you game? 


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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Shelley L.
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2005 11:27 AM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: More Awards for Bookshare?

I think that we can't discount the power of "PR" and the funding it
in also in this discussion.

Award winners do look very nice to people considering donating for an 
institutition like Bookshare.

Smile, the great balance of power.

Marissa, maybe you should possibly compile, or someone can on Rui's or
the bookshare site itself, a list perhaps of "award winners" of
kids, the Edgars, and the rest, or websites where we might find them.

I am more familiar with the ones for children's lit, smile, so would 
appreciate a list or a bunch of lists to pick from when I do future 

Shelley L. Rhodes and Judson, guiding golden
Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc.
Graduate Advisory Council

The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to
stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.

      -- Vance Havner
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Sent: Friday, February 11, 2005 11:32 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: More Awards for Bookshare?

Let's not forget the Edgar Awards, presented in the U.S. for the year's
best mysteries.


At 10:32 PM 2/10/2005, you wrote:
>Hi Mike,
>You've essentially hit the nail on the head: how to balance pr and
>complete snazzy award collections with the everyday reality of getting
>number of current, bestselling and timely books on the site while
>still timely.
>No doubt there is a manpower issue, and there's also a very real
>issue. We certainly have the in-house volunteer resources to produce
>anywhere from 50-100 current books a month. However, with the high
>scanner, we destroy all of the books we scan, meaning that any NEW
>hardback we want to put on the site will cost us about $20 plus the
>manpower. So, a lot of in-house production is done with what we
>have--donations and rejected library books from the 1990s. And, since
>produces at least some bestsellers anywhere from six months to a year
>after they're out, it's challenging to know what we want to prioritize.
>I brought up this thread on the volunteer homepage because the
>development policy is something we're revisiting and revising. Thanks
>all of your input on "awards books" thus far. I need to emphasize, this
>isn't the central focus of collection development. But it is nice to
>that maybe every year or every six months, we'll be adding a complete
>of "something" to the site, in addition to a newfound push for what's 
>And on the subject of awards, I think it would be great to get all of
>Nebula Award winners up there--which is granted by the Science Fiction
>Writers Association every year for best science fiction novel (and
>novella). Thanks to many submitters, we already have half the winners
>the novel categories up. It might be fun to try to complete the list by
>June or July. I can post it if anyone's interested.
>-----Original Message-----
>From:   bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Mike Pietruk
>Sent:   Thu 2/10/2005 12:38 PM
>To:     bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject:        [bksvol-discuss] Re: More Awards for Bookshare?
>While certainly havingg award winning books in the collection is a
>while project, whatever that award category happens to be,
>especially from a pr perspective, I suspect average readers would be
>impressed if goals such as having best sellers available within "xx"
>or weeks,book of the month type selections, et al were approached as
>target projects.
>More customers will read a best selling romance, mystery, or expose --
>certainly these books are more often discussed around the office --
>Pulitzer or Newberry books.
>The question is whether these projects are first viewed for their pr
>or for providing the types of things that people in the everyday world
>Ideally, one should have both.
>That's how a conventional library is built; and that ought to be the
>approach BookShare should follow in expanding its collection.

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