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Welcome to the Bookshare volunteer community! For anyone who loves books and is interested in
making a difference, volunteering with Bookshare can be a rich and rewarding experience. Our
volunteers come from all walks of life: among them are grandmothers, teachers, engineers, students,
artists and avid bibliophiles. Together you help grow Bookshare's library of accessible books for
Though many hundreds of Bookshare volunteers are also Bookshare members, there is an important
Bookshare members are individuals with a qualifying print disability (such as blindness) who read
books with a computer using Assistive Technology (AT). Only members receive access to
accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazines in the collection.
Some members also become volunteers. It is important to note that many volunteers are not members and therefore do not have access to books in our collection.
To read about Bookshare Membership, click the link below to visit the
Bookshare offers a variety of volunteering opportunities. This manual describes two of the principal
activities: scanning books, and proofreading these scans.
We recommend all volunteers read through this manual before beginning their volunteering work.
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Below is a brief outline of the contents of each chapter:
Chapter 1. Introduction to volunteering is the chapter you are now reading and contains a
welcome message for new volunteers, tips on how to use this manual and below, a brief
outline of each chapter.
Chapter 2. Topics for both Submitters and Proofreaders contains a brief explanation of the
steps involved in adding a book to the library, so you may choose which volunteering
activity suits you best. Included are important criteria that make a book eligible for
Bookshare's collection, as well as information on credits for Bookshare Members.
Chapter 3. Scan a book contains detailed instructions on what to do if you choose to volunteer
as a Submitter: a person who scans books and submits those scans to Bookshare.
Chapter 4. Proofread a book contains detailed instructions on what to do if you choose to
volunteer as a Proofreader: a person who proofreads the scans of books that have been
done by Submitters.
Chapter 5. The metadata is used by both Submitters and Proofreaders, and describes how to
fill out the metadata fields. These fields are encountered when a Submitter uploads a
raw scan of a book, and also when a Proofreader uploads their finished proof of a book.
Chapter 6. Extra reading describes how to report a Book Quality issue, how to submit a Better Scan
Of (BSO) a book, how to join the Volunteer Discussion List, and contains information on AT
training materials, book series, and Bookshare legalities.
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