[bksvol-discuss] Re: submitter's names

  • From: "Jake Brownell" <jabrown@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 00:07:42 -0500

Hi Jill and Scott,

Don't feel bad about disagreeing with me Jill. In fact, I tend to like Scott's 
suggestion for such an online forum. Perhaps what would be best is a messaging 
system similar to what eBay or Facebook have. That way no email addresses are 
shared with the sender/recipient.

Unfortunately though I wouldn't expect to see this kind of system implemented 
anytime soon. There are a few other things I see as requiring less work and 
having a big impact.

* New books links posted to website for English/Spanish
* Automated listings of Marissa's List
* Email notifications to validators when action is taken on a book (returned to 
step 1, approved, etc.).
* New validation instructions

Best,
Jake
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Scott Blanks 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2006 2:36 PM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: submitter's names


  I definitely think Bookshare could make a stronger point to those submitting 
books about the importance of communication between the person validating the 
book, and the one who submitted it. However, I also strongly feel that 
Bookshare should never require someone to leave contact info. Perhaps a happy 
medium might be something like an online message board on the Bookshare 
website. If a validator has problems, they can post their questions to this 
forum, and the submitter, having been informed about the bulletin board when 
they submitted the book, can check this area as well, and respond to the 
question(s). 

  Scott


    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Jill O'Connell 
    To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2006 12:01 PM
    Subject: [bksvol-discuss] submitter's names


    Jake, I have given a great deal of thought to your concern about requiring 
submitter's names and I respectfully disagree. Perhaps you have had to deal 
with over-intrusive validators but I never have; in fact, just the opposite. 
One of my earlier submissions was being validated by Kenneth Cross and he wrote 
to let me know that there were two missing pages in the book. I was extremely 
grateful that he was able to do that as the book would otherwise have been 
rejected. And it's also very pleasant to have a validator take the time to 
congratulate you on a good submission. Bookshare, in my opinion, doesn't need 
quantity anymore; it needs quality and if the submitter can't get feedback from 
the validator, how is he going to improve? I can understand that there are 
submitters whose lives are too busy to allow them to be on this list. Bookshare 
does invite new volunteers to join this list but I think they should take this 
a step further and let new volunteers know how important it is  for them to 
provide contact information for the validator. As someone else has pointed out, 
I do give thought as to whose submissions I validate, and am always a little 
uncomfortable when it is the notorious "Bookshare volunteer." You have been so 
helpful to me that I don't like disagreeing with you, but I think this matter 
is too important to ignore. I would be interested in knowing how others on the 
list feel about what degree of importance it should have on changes Bookshare 
needs to make in order to improve their collection. Jill


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