[bksvol-discuss] Re: Which books count toward the grant?

  • From: Rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 19:21:55 EDT

I know that this sounds like an indignant question from a romance fan, but 
I am not a romance fan. I am just a little stunned and surprised. If 
thrillers, horror, mystery and science fiction are considered educational then 
the blue blazes is wrong with romance?

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[bksvol-discuss] Which books count toward the grant?   
10/27/2009 7:01:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time  
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Hi gang,

A volunteer asked which books qualify for the grant, so I thought maybe 
there are others who don't know about this either. This is a quick email to the
group, so everyone knows which books count.

To explain this by what's excluded, all books qualify, except romances, 
books that are adult content, and books that proselytize religion. Factual 
about religion are fine, since they explain what it's about, but books that 
push agendas at you do not qualify. It doesn't matter where the book comes
from - volunteers, outsourcers, publishers, or anywhere else. 

To explain this by what's included, all kiddie books (including teen 
romances) are okay, most non-fiction is okay, "good" literature is okay, and 
at long last, a decision was made, and it was decided that genre fiction is 
okay. So books that are mysteries, thrillers, Westerns, historical fiction,
science fiction, fantasies, and horror are okay too. But the minute you add 
romance to any of the adult genre fiction books, the book doesn't count 
the grant.

Of course, there will always be edge cases. We look at those books on a 
case-by-case basis, and sometimes ask the Bookshare librarian for a decision. 

I would encourage those people who are scanning and proofing romances to 
continue to do so. We at the office can't put any in, since all of our time 
to go towards fulfilling the grant. But there are lots and lots of people 
who like romance and want to see more of it in the collection. Please 
to put romances in! The Bookshare publisher liaison mentioned that while 
most of the book markets dropped when the economy dropped, the romance market
is continuing to climb. So there you are.

HTH, Carrie

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