connect bookshare with other book sites like Project Gutenberg and Open Library
Add to Bookshare's library with the help of accessible on-line project's like Project Gutenberg and the Open Library.
Melody McCotter commented
It seems like a union catalog of some sort would be useful. The data between the different institutions would have to be pulled together via data sharing protocols. Maybe something similar to the Z39.50 protocol for library catalogs to share MARC data. I am an information science student and would be interested in helping with this effort. Send me note!
David Marsteller commented
Please, If we can help you in any way let us (ok especially me!) :) know!
Heather Peterson commented
I agree with what Kelly Pierce says below and would add that Bookshare has a much better search engine than the Internet Archive does. I took one look at the Internet Archive's DAISY section and threw up my hands in horror. It would take years to track down particular topics there. And I consider myself to be reasonably tech-savvy; my work requires me to do online research a lot. So having those titles at Bookshare would be splendid.
Kelly Pierce commented
A key idea is missing from this exchange. The Open library is a project of the Internet Archive. Earlier this year, the Internet Archive announced that more than a million scanned books were available to the blind in DAISY format through Open Library. Unfortunately, the books can be read on two or three NLS approved portable media players, such as the victor Reader Stream. Bookshare offers greater distribution and much more expanded access to these books because books can be read on a significantly greater number of devices and platforms. Bookshare books can also be read in Braille, which is not possible with the Internet Archive arrangement with NLS. Bookshare should develop a relationship with the Internet Archive so these million plus books could be available to Bookshare members. Networking and sharing information with other organizations is good, but why is Bookshare stopping there? That’s kind of lame. Adding more than a million books to the collection for Bookshare members would be extraordinary.
Anna J. Jones commented
http://lbph.library.phila.gov/ this is the link I use; however I realize that is probably a state library and NLS is all states, I assume.
Thank you for considering my suggestion and responding. I am a volunteer at Bookshare and if there is anything I can do to help, please contact me. I hold a Bachelor's Degree and have been volunteering in libraries since grade school.
Thanks for all your hard work.