[bksvol-discuss] Re: Volunteering for bookshare

  • From: "Jamie Yates, CPhT" <jamieyates@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 05:37:23 -0800 (PST)

I think becoming a validator requires a little more hand holding than just 
pointing someone to the sign up page, if the validator is sighted. If the 
person is already print disabled, he or she is used to (I assume) reading books 
in a different format.  That's why I was suggesting that if anyone "advertises" 
for new volunteers, that they be directed to an existing volunteer who is 
willing to do a little hand holding and not just say see bookshare.org for more 
  When I became a volunteer, even though I understood about Bookshare, I was 
scared to death to try to validate something. The process sounds so complicated 
when really it's not, if you just know what to do. And while the manual is 
good, it's not complete (if it were, we wouldn't have all the questions on the 
list that we do).
  What I was envisioning was something like:
  Do you love to read books? Would you enjoy proof reading digital books to 
make them accessible to people with print disabilities? Become a volunteer for 
Bookshare, and have the opportunity to read books while you're helping others. 
Volunteers need a computer, internet connection, and a word processing program 
such as Word, Works, Word Perfect or Open Office. For more information, contact 
[fill in the blank].

Jamie in Michigan 
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