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Table of Contents, online Scanning and Proofreading Manual
1.  Introduction to volunteering

2. Topics for Submitters and Proofreaders

3.  Scan a book

4. Proofread a book

5.  The metadata

6.  Extra reading

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6.  Extra reading

          6.1  How to improve the quality of books in the collection
                 A.  How to report a Book Quality (BQ) issue
                 B.  Add a  Better Scan Of  (BSO)  a book to the collection

          6.2  The Volunteer Discussion List
                 A.  Subscribe to the list
                 B.  Unsubscribe from the list
                 C.  Digest Mode
                 D.  Vacation Mode
                 E.  Search the Archives

          6.3  AT training materials at the High Tech Center Training Unit

          6.4  Find information on a book series

          6.5  Legal information
                 A.  Policy change 8-17-2010:  Sharing files when doing volunteer work for Bookshare
                 B.  Adult Content policy


6.1  How to improve the quality of books in the collection

        A.  How to report a Book Quality (BQ) issue

             *  Please report all Book Quality issues using only the process below
             *  Please do not email Bookshare staff for any Book Quality issues
                Thank you!

             Bookshare is deeply committed to hosting high quality content and has created a fast, simple and
             transparent way for users to report quality issues with books in the collection.  This system also
             allows you to view a complete list of issues pending resolution, as well as the list of issues that
             have already been successfully resolved.

             To enhance the quality of the collection:

             1)  Go to the information page of the book you wish to report by clicking on the title of the book.
             2)  Near the upper right of the page, find a section called Book Quality.
             3)  In that section are 2 links:
                  Report book quality issue
                  and
                  See all reported book quality issues


             1.  Report your book quality issue
                 You will be taken to a short form that will ask you to:
                  -  input your email address,
                  -  select the relevant file format from a drop down menu,
                  -  provide a brief description of the quality issue(s) at hand, and
                  -  specify what kind of device or reader you are currently using.

                  Note:  In most cases, the fields for Book titleISBN number, and Author name, will auto-fill.
                  (You won't have to type these in.)

                  You will also be given the option of receiving updates on the status of your report.

                  The issue you have reported will be addressed by a staff member as soon as possible.
                  If you've chosen to be informed when the issue has been resolved, an email will be sent
                  to you informing you of this.


                  Example
                  To familiarize yourself with the  Report book quality issue  screen, using the book
                  "Gone With the Wind" as an example, click the link below:

                  Report book quality issue


             2.  See all reported book quality issues
                  At the top of this page are links to view both  Unresolved issues  and  Resolved issues.
                  Click the link below to familiarize yourself with this screen:

                  See all reported book quality issues


             3.  For further questions
                  Please feel free to write to:
                  volunteer@bookshare.org


        B.  Add a  Better Scan Of  (BSO)  a book to the collection

             If you'd like to improve the quality of a particular book in our library, please feel free to do a
             rescan of it!  If you help in this way, please add "BSO-" to the beginning of the book title.


             For example, a book already in the collection is titled:
             The House on Pooh Corner

             You notice that the quality of this book is not "Excellent" and is instead "Good" or "Fair".
             Please name your rescan exactly in this way:
             BSO-The House on Pooh Corner


             This really helps to cut down on confusion, in a number of ways!
             *  Occasionally, before they do a scan, someone will not be careful to check the library first.
             *  But when the book has been tagged with "BSO-", this alerts an administrator that this is an
                 intentional rescan, and not a mistake.  We now know the submitter is aware that the book is
                 already in the Bookshare.org library, and that they are intentionally submitting an
                 improved scan.


6.2  The Volunteer Discussion List

        Bookshare encourages all volunteers to join the Volunteer Discussion List.  This allows the
        volunteer community to share their expertise on submitting and proofreading books, thus leveraging
        their combined knowledge.  It also offers a way for volunteers to get to know one another.

        A.  Subscribe to the list

             To subscribe, send an email message with the word subscribe in the subject line, to:
             bksvol-discuss-request@freelists.org


             If you're having difficulty requesting a subscription through e-mail, go to the Bookshare.org
             Volunteer Discussion List web page on the FreeLists website.  Request a subscription
             through the form found on that page.

             After requesting a subscription:
             -  You'll receive a confirmation message from the FreeLists Mailing List Manager.
             -  You must reply to the confirmation message in order to become part of the list.*
             -  Note that the text of the original message must be included in the reply for the
                confirmation to succeed.


        B.  Unsubscribe from the list

             To unsubscribe, send an email message with the word unsubscribe in the subject line, to the
             same address:
             bksvol-discuss-request@freelists.org


             If you're having difficulty unsubscribing through e-mail, go to the Bookshare.org Volunteer
             Discussion List web page on the FreeLists website.  Request to unsubscribe through the
             form found on that page.

             After requesting to be unsubscribed:
             -  You'll receive a confirmation message from the FreeLists Mailing List Manager.
             -  You must reply to the confirmation message in order to become part of the list.*
             -  Note that the text of the original message must be included in the reply for the
                confirmation to succeed.


        C.  Digest Mode

             FreeLists also provides an option for receiving all of the messages from one day, at the end of
             that day in a single message.  This is referred to as "Digest Mode".

             To turn on digest mode, send an email message with the phrase set digest in the subject line,
             to the same address:
             bksvol-discuss-request@freelists.org


             To turn off digest mode, send an email message with the phrase unset digest in the subject
             line, to:
             bksvol-discuss-request@freelists.org


             You can also use the form on the Bookshare.org Volunteer Discussion List web page to turn
             digest mode on or off.


        D.  Vacation Mode

             FreeLists also allows users to temporarily suspend messages from the list.  This is referred to as
             "Vacation Mode".


             To turn on vacation mode, send an email message with the phrase set vacation in the subject
             line, to:
             bksvol-discuss-request@freelists.org


             To turn off vacation mode, send an email message with the phrase unset vacation in the subject
             line, to:
             bksvol-discuss-request@freelists.org

             You can also use the form on the Bookshare.org Volunteer Discussion List web page to turn
             vacation mode on or off.


        E.  Search the Archives

             FreeLists maintains an archive of the messages sent to the Volunteer Discussion List.  You
             can search the archives by entering a string in the "Search" field on the Archives page at the
             FreeLists website.  Or, you can browse a list of messages for a given month by choosing the link
             for that month, under the Browse section of the same page.


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6.3  AT training materials at the High Tech Center Training Unit

        Accessible manuals and tutorials are available courtesy of the High Tech Center Training Unit
        (HTCTU), at:

        Manuals and Tutorials at the HTCTU


        From the website of the High Tech Center Training Unit:

        "The High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges is a state of the art
        training and support facility for community college faculty and staff wishing to acquire or improve
        teaching skills, methodologies, and pedagogy in Assistive Computer Technology, Alternate Media
        and Web Accessibility.  The HTCTU supports High Tech Center programs at one-hundred and
        fourteen community colleges and satellite centers [in California].  More than ten thousand
        students with disabilities are enrolled in High Tech Center programs state-wide."


6.4  Find information on a book series

        The following websites contain information on book series.  Note that information on these sites is
        not necessarily accurate or up-to-date, so you may wish to check one or more sites when looking
        up books.


        Bookshare Expansion Initiative on JBrownell.com

        There are links on this site to books already on Bookshare.org.  Some series also contain data
        about titles that are not yet part of the Bookshare library.  Note that this website allows volunteers to
        add additional series, update existing series, and establish links to books on Bookshare.org by
        providing Bookshare's ID for a book.


        Books 'n' Bytes

        This website contains information about mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and romance books.
        Each series on an author's web page is proceeded by a heading which contains the phrase
        "Book Series : ", and screen readers can find the heading by navigating through the page's HTML
        headings.  Individual titles can be found in each series by searching for a number sign, "#".


        Fantastic Fiction

        This is a website in the U.K. devoted to fiction.  Its main page states that it contains bibliographies
        for over 10,000 authors and information on over 200,000 books.


        Stop, You're Killing Me!

        "Stop, You're Killing Me!" is a resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense
        books.


        What's Next Database of Kent District Library

        The Kent District Library's database of series fiction can be searched by title, author, series,
        or genre.


6.5  Legal information

        A.   Policy change 8-17-2010:  Sharing files when doing volunteer work for Bookshare

              Bookshare exists because of the privileges available to nonprofits like Benetech to serve people
              with print disabilities as they are outlined in the Chafee Amendment to the US Copyright Act.
              While Bookshare may produce copies of print materials for its members it must do so in a
              manner that is carefully circumscribed in order to protect the intellectual property rights of authors
              and publishers and meet the requirements of the copyright exception.  Such practices include
              controlling access to copyrighted materials, requiring contractual agreements for all users and
              volunteers, and fingerprinting content.

              During the production process Bookshare also takes great care to prevent the unauthorized
              release of copyrighted material.  This includes a strict prohibition on volunteers emailing or
              otherwise exchanging Bookshare content directly with each other.  In most cases, where an
              exchange of document content is necessary between two volunteers the complete document
              must first be returned to Bookshare and checked out by the second volunteer.

              Occasionally, there is a need for portions of books to be exchanged between volunteers.  This
              most often occurs between a translator and a proofreader, when a sighted and a blind volunteer
              team up, or when a scan contains numerous errors and the proofreader does not have access
              to the physical book.  We are changing our policy slightly to permit a limited exchange of
              material directly between two Bookshare volunteers (both in good standing:  current, having
              agreed to the Volunteer Agreement) in order to produce more accurate digital documents for
              Bookshare.  This exchange is limited to a single chapter or up to 10% of the content at a time,
              whichever is larger.  In the case of graphic elements such as genealogical charts or illustrations,
              up to one chapter's worth of these elements may be sent in one communication if these elements
              are separated from the book.  If neither of these exceptions applies, content must continue to
              only be shared by the existing process of returning the content to Bookshare and the second
              volunteer checking it out.


        B.   Adult Content policy

              The adult content designation has been in place at Bookshare from its launch in 2002.  From the
              start of the membership process, minors are protected from viewing adult content.  The default
              for all members under the age of 18, including students covered by the Bookshare for Education
              grant, is to NOT see adult content.  A parent or guardian must give permission to Bookshare in
              writing for members under the age of 18 to access books with adult content.  Although the default
              for members over 18 is to have all content enabled in Bookshare, all members over the age of 18
              may choose to block adult content.  This feature is in "My Account" under "Preferences."

              Bookshare has developed an adult content filter that runs all text through a quality assurance
              (QA) process in which the text is compared to two lists of trigger words.  One list is of terms
              severe enough that one instance of that word trips the adult content filter; the other list requires
              multiple instances of the term to trip the filter.  No matter whether the filter is tripped or not, the
              final determination is still made by a member of the collection development team.  We do not
              allow an algorithm to trump human judgment when it comes to placing books in the adult
              content category.

              Bookshare is content-neutral and strives to serve all portions of its community.  This includes
              members in our community who wish to opt-in to seeing adult content and those who wish to
              opt-out of seeing this material.



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Table of Contents, online Scanning and Proofreading Manual
1.  Introduction to volunteering

2. Topics for Submitters and Proofreaders

3.  Scan a book

4. Proofread a book

5.  The metadata

6.  Extra reading

Bookshare.org

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