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

  • From: "Christina" <greensleeves1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:38:40 -0400

Thanks for replying anyway.  *Smile*
Christina

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Carrie Karnos 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 10:46 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Which books count toward the grant?


  Over the next three years, yes, but probably not in the near term. Our 
librarian is the person who determines which books we buy, and I'm not sure 
what her criteria are right now. Sorry I can't be more specific, but I just 
don't know!
  Carrie




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  From: Christina <greensleeves1@xxxxxxxxx>
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Sent: Tue, October 27, 2009 5:34:35 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Which books count toward the grant?


  Hi, Carrie.
  Is Bookshare going to be processing much more genre fiction in house now?
  Christina

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Carrie Karnos 
    To: Bookshare Vol Group 
    Cc: Pavi Mehta 
    Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 6:58 PM
    Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Which books count toward the grant?


    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 
books 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 
finally, 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 
towards 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 has 
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 continue 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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