[bksvol-discuss] Re: book requests

  • From: "Evan Reese" <mentat1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2006 20:55:00 -0700

There's another reason: Bookshare gets books up here much faster than NLS gets them out. I have participated in doing a few of those. I validated a book last February that got into the collection in midMarch or so, I believe that NLS still hasn't got out, it is still in process. I have read a few others that will come out eventually, because they are part of popular series, but which I read months ago.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Monica Willyard" <plumlipstick@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 8:46 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: book requests



Hi, Mayrie. You're right that Bookshare and NLS share qualification criteria. However, we have several patrons who cannot hear and thus read Braille only. That's why some of us scan the more popular books anyway. I started out where you're coming from. It wasn't until I'd been around for awhile that I realized how many blind people also have a hearing impairment. The number is much higher than I ever would have guessed. They can't use cassettes, and NLS still produces relatively few titles in Braille. Our Julie M gently prodded me to imagine what my life would be like in her shoes, and I didn't like the picture she painted. Because of what I've learned, I've changed my policy on what I'm willing to scan. I still prefer the NLS recordings myself, but I can see how limited life would be for me if I couldn't hear well. So if you see us duplicating content, that's a big reason why. (smile)

Monica Willyard

On Wednesday 9/13/2006 10:00 PM, you wrote:
Hi Shayla,

If it matters, the last three books that you listed are available on cassette from NLS. I personally try not to duplicate books that NLS already has as anyone eligible for BookShare is also eligible to receive books through NLS. Let me know if you really want me to scan those anyway. If it's really important to you or to anyone else, I'd be happy to scan those books. Otherwise, I'd rather grow the collection with books not available to patrons anywhere else.

Peace,
Mayrie

At 05:15 PM 9/13/2006, you wrote:
Hi all,

On a friend's recommendation, I've been reading the Kate Shugak mystery series by Dana Stabenow, ten of which we have on Bookshare (the first is A Cold Day for Murder). The books are about -- well, I'll let the author's website explain it.

"Kate Shugak is an Aleut who lives on a 160-acre homestead in a generic national Park in Alaska. Her roommate is a half-wolf, half-husky dog named Mutt.
Her nearest neighbors are a bull moose and a grizzly sow. Farther off are dog mushers, miners, hunters, trappers, fishermen, bush pilots, pipeline workers,
Park rats and Park rangers, other Aleuts, Athabascans, a few Tlingits and the residents of Niniltna, a village perched on the edge of the Kanuyaq River,
a 600-mile long, salmon-rich tributary that winds through the Park to Prince William Sound."


Oh, and she also solves crime.

Anyway, like I said, Bookshare has ten of these books, which means we're missing four. They are:

3. Dead in the Water
8. Killing Grounds
11. The Singing of the Dead
12. A Fine and Bitter Snow

If anyone has access to these books and is willing to scan them, I'd really appreciate it -- they're fun but sober, clever but sweet, and I'm really enjoying them.

Shayla

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