[bksvol-discuss] Re: Puzzled about all our new vounteer requests

  • From: Pamela Hoffard <crosssttch@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 10:42:12 -0800 (PST)


How long has the site been on Facebook?  Could be more interest from friends of 
friends that never heard about it before?

I found out about Bookshare school the S.D. public schools.  They started 
handing out fliers about Bookshare for the past year or so for 
learning-disability children.

Just a couple of ideas,


From: Scott Rains <scottr@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Mon, November 15, 2010 11:54:59 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Puzzled about all our new vounteer requests

Hi team,

Rick and I have been trying to understand why there has been a sudden influx of 
volunteers wanting to do scanning and proofreading for Bookshare. I can't 
account for it due to any campaigns we have going from this end. Are any of you 
aware of any possible contributing factors?

Here is some of the trend data:

Recent monthly totals of signups:
  July    38
  Aug    28
  Sep    35
  Oct     42

Signups for Nov, just thru Nov 15:  53!

It began around Tue Nov. 9th.

Features of the current campaign that are atypical of signups over recent 

  1)  over the past week we have averaged >5 signups per day (39 total):
       This is 3-4x the usual rate.

2)  almost all new signups are <not> members

Scott Rains
Benetech Fellow, Bookshare Volunteer Department

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