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Subject: Book Image/Data volunteer group?
Date Posted: 2/9/2015 4:23 PM ET
Member Since: 1/24/2015
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The Book Image and/or Book Data volunteer groups.. what's the skinny? I'd like to volunteer!

I'm not sure how it works. I know with the PBS shipping badge, it just appeared as I used the shipping option. Same deal? Should I just update pictures and data as I stumble across them? Or is there a special group, page, whatever to review/approve?

I tried clicking on the badges for more information but was directed to the PBS Icon listing page.

Just curious... seemed like something nerdy I would enjoy doing. cheeky

Date Posted: 2/9/2015 4:29 PM ET
Member Since: 2/12/2006
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Hi Brittaney,

I'll be sending you a PM shortly!  smiley

Date Posted: 2/9/2015 4:34 PM ET
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They have a super secret special forum where they talk about things like right angles and bindings. Anna can probably get you in the door. 

Date Posted: 2/10/2015 1:57 AM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2007
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"They have a super secret special forum where they talk about things like right angles and bindings."

LOL !  Although PBS does have forums that are restricted to members of specific volunteer groups where they can discuss issues relevant to the group, including Tour Guides, Book Image Collectors, and Book Data Editors, they are not "super secret". However, they are restricted to volunteers in those groups. Any PBS member can volunteer to join these groups and by doing so will have access to the forums set up for those groups.

Anna B. (classicana) is a good contact for helping anyone to get started and learning what is expected of of members of the image and data edit groups, and Patty P. (Patouie) can help if you are interested in becoming a tour guide.

Volunteers are always welcome!  PBS depends upon its volunteer tour guides, image collectors and data editors to help newcomers and to improve the quality of cover images and book data on the site.

Date Posted: 2/10/2015 2:00 AM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2010
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And while you don't get a badge of honor for it, you're always welcome to submit data and image updates.  I try to update all of the books I get my hands on, but joining the team would just add stress for me.  I don't mind not being recognized.

Date Posted: 2/10/2015 9:42 PM ET
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Sasssy - You are certainly recognized by the data approvers!!!  We love the edits you submit!  yes

Date Posted: 2/14/2015 2:55 AM ET
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LOL.  Thanks Anna.  I wasn't looking for special recognition but do appreciate it.  I simply do it to make requesting my books that much easier and more tempting.  By having all of the info complete on your books (including a cover image if you can find one), you have a better chance that your book will be requested.  I certainly appreciate anyone willing to volunteer their time for these teams, especially since it is not something I can do myself.