I honestly don't quite know how to encourage more submitting. I know for me I am working on books as I can, being fully time employed. Shelley L. Rhodes, M.A., VRT And Guinevere: Golden Lady Guide Dog guidinggolden@xxxxxxxxx Guide Dogs for the Blind Alumni Association www.guidedogs.com The people who burned witches at the stake never for one moment thought of their act as violence; rather they thought of it as an act of divinely mandated righteousness. The same can be said of most of the violence we humans have ever committed. -Gil Bailie, author and lecturer (b. 1944) ----- Original Message ----- From: Monica Willyard To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 11:29 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: serious question Jamie, did you know that Bookshare is getting books from multiple subcontractors now? Some of the books awaiting approval are books I have mailed to Bookshare for scanning, and they were processed by one of the subcontractors. I recognize their titles. There are also over a thousand publisher quality books on their way into the Bookshare system. As well as textbooks being processed for Bookshare. So the approval queue is bound to get bigger over time since that's where books go before they are made into daisy and Braille files and put into the collection. If things work as they should, you should see it grow, shrink, and grow again as staff, volunteers, and subcontractors do their work. . This growth is a good thing for us because a lot of the books are nearly letter perfect. It also means that Bookshare is keeping its promise to add 100,000 books to the collection over a five-year period. The jiffy proofreaders may process books quickly, but we're talking about a limited number of people who are doing this. They're a challenge for Bookshare, but they're relatively minor compared to other issues we're experiencing right now. Minor doesn't mean they're not important. It just means that they can be spotted quickly, and they're already on the staff's RADAR screen. They're like a hang nail that is painful but not lethal. I'm far more concerned with finding ways to ramp up book submission among volunteers so our highly-skilled and dedicated proofreaders will be able to work happily again. Do you have some suggestions about how we can get the word out that book submissions are welcome? Monica Willyard "The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Peter Drucker ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jamie Prater Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 3:23 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Cc: volunteer@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] serious question Hi, all, I have been wondering something and reading a message on another list confirms my concerns/suspicions. I have been low on work lately and have had extra time to proofread and monitor the new books, books to check out, and other lists, and I have noticed a steady increase in books awaiting for administrator approval. I last checked and there were between 150 and 300 a few days ago. I just read from somebody's email that there are now 523 books awaiting approval into the collection. Are the staff members doing a more thorough job, or have there been cutbacks or something that would account for this huge increase in books awaiting entrance into the collection? I just thought it was related to the proofing shortage, but I was going to ask as I had wondered this weekend if the approval list was growing, and since now I know it is, are we just getting faster and faster getting new things into the collection, or are there shortages we need to pray will be remedied all across the board from submissions to approvals? I'm not confident enough with my scanning abilities to trust myself to submit my 14 books that I have but would like to learn more so I can do that, but my time is limited as I work two jobs and am learning to play two instruments at this present time in addition to reading books and proofing for bookshare. I looked at the check out list today, too, and I was shocked at the scarcity of books. Most of them or at least three fourths are hold-fors and I can certainly see why, but it's shocking all the same. I'm even more shocked at the 523 books on awaiting approval. Could the jiffy proofers be responsible? I guess time will tell. Thanks and have a blessed day.