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

  • From: Melissa Smith <mdsmith25@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 18:33:30 -0500

I completely agree here, Roger. Yes, I am a romance fan, though I read most of my romance from NLS, and my nonfiction from bookshare. Not really sure why, but that's the way it is. Anyway, if thrillers, science fiction, etc count why not romance. Romance is no more fictionalized than any of these, and depending on the book, no more adult than any of these.


Rogerbailey81@xxxxxxx wrote:
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 what the blue blazes is wrong with romance?

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Subj: [bksvol-discuss] Which books count toward the grant? Date: 10/27/2009 7:01:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time From: ckarnos@xxxxxxxxx Reply-to: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx CC: pavim@xxxxxxxxxxxx Sent from the Internet (Details) table end

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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