[bksvol-discuss] Re: New proofreaders

  • From: Pamela Hoffard <crosssttch@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2011 17:08:48 -0700 (PDT)


I want you to know that I agree with Valerie.  If a struggling sighted reader 
using Bookshare's services for easy clear reading, the picture descriptions 
would "get in the way" for reading the text.  The actual text of the book would 
be almost readable to the child, but the level of words in the picture 
descriptions would just be frustrating to read for a struggling reader.

Just my opinion,


From: Valerie Maples <vlmaples@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Mon, July 25, 2011 6:16:21 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: New proofreaders

Hi, Scott!

In talking to multiple people invested in emergent literacy, then, we need to 
find a way to consider either not adding picture descriptions on beginning 
readers with images instead and a different version for blind kids and parents. 
 Otherwise, the books can actually be harmful to assisting kids in developing 
 literacy.  I am probably not distilling the message properly, but different 
reading levels, cognitives levels have different needs and a one size fits all 
will actually discourage beginning readers from developing literacy.

I am not saying change everything old, but rather, can we consider a shift to a 
more appropriate level for children on newly added books?  Considering so much 
funding has come from the DOE, I think literacy for kids, not just literature 
access should eventually be considered as we realize the impact and opportunity 
we have.

Thank you for your patience with me as I try to help kids learn to love to read 
without barriers.



On Jul 25, 2011, at 3:57 PM, Scott Rains wrote:

Hi Valerie,
>I got an answer back already This is not a change we can support given the 
>legacy of DAISY books in the collection. Sorry.
>Scott Rains
>From:  Valerie Maples <vlmaples@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Reply-To:  "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Date:  Sun, 24 Jul 2011 19:36:56 -0700
>To:  "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject:  [bksvol-discuss] Re: New proofreaders
>Hi, Scott!
>Ask them to seriously consider it as an option, if not a standard.  It is a 
>deal for starting sighted readers that Nichole is very eagerly advocating for.
>On Jul 20, 2011, at 7:35 PM, Scott Rains wrote:
>>Interesting approach. Let me talk it through with Collection Development and 
>>Engineering. A change like that would require a lot of cross-domain 
>>conversation. But, for now, the answer is "no."
>>From:  Valerie Maples <vlmaples@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>Reply-To:  "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>Date:  Wed, 20 Jul 2011 17:29:43 -0700
>>To:  "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>Subject:  [bksvol-discuss] Re: New proofreaders
>>Hey, Scott!
>>Reading with Nichole and trying to work with Nichole's teacher about 
>>Bookshare to beginning readers, I have a question/proposition.  In order to 
>>place emphasis on readable text in board books and early reader picture 
>>books that have no other navigation than title, would it be acceptable to put 
>>book text in bold 16 or 18 pt. and picture descriptions, not bolded and in 12 
>>pt?  It would help print "pop" for visual readers (dyspexic and kids with PD) 
>>and even allow teaching navigation in a more useful and functional ways to 
>>readers.  That way a parent reading the book would have easy access to all 
>>information, but a new reader being introduced to reading would have better 
>>presentation of age level text.
>>On Jul 20, 2011, at 3:43 PM, Scott Rains wrote:
>> 4)  Use these font sizes:         For the:
>>>                          20 point  +  BOLDING        Book title
>>>                          18 point  +  BOLDING        Larger section 
>>> headings  
>>>(such as "Part I", or "Section 2")
>>>                          16 point  +  BOLDING        Headings for each 
>>> section 
>>>in the Front Matter, & Back Matter
>>>                          16 point  +  BOLDING        Chapter headings
>>>                          14 point  +  BOLDING        Chapter subheadings
>>>                          12 point                             Text in the 
>>> body 
>>>of the book
>>>                     5)  Maximum font size for anything in the file:       = 
>>>  20 
>>>                          Minimum font size for anything in the file:        
>>> =  
>>> 8 point

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