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

  • From: "Christina" <greensleeves1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 20:34:35 -0400

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

  ----- 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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