December, 2012

Ukrainian at LibriVox

Posted on December 20, 2012 by | Posted in about LibriVox, News | Comments: 2 Comments on Ukrainian at LibriVox

It’s always a pleasure to welcome a new language to the LibriVox Catalog. Today we welcomed our first Ukrainian project. It’s: Fables by Leonid Glibov, or in Ukrainian: Байки Леонiда Глiбова. The reader is Radar and the DPL was Nadya Gaganova.
We hope for many more books in this beautiful language.

Байки Леонiда Глiбова by Глiбов Леонiд


“Rebuild LibriVox” (Mellon Grant Project) Update #2

Posted on December 12, 2012 by | Posted in about LibriVox, News | Comments: 1 Comment on “Rebuild LibriVox” (Mellon Grant Project) Update #2

Dear All,

We are now 6 months into the Mellon-funded project, to revamp the LibriVox tech infrastructure. We have a few people paid to work on the project: Jeff Madsen (developer), Artom Lifshitz (system administrator), and Valerie Bock (project manager). To date, they have together logged 441 hours, or about 44% of paid hours budgeted for this project.

Hours Breakdown:
* System Administration: 32
* Development: 323
* Project Management: 86

We will add a fourth paid staffer this month: Sonia of Nudge Design, who will be working on the redesign of the website.

Additionally, volunteers Jo Smallheer, Cori Samuel and Hugh McGuire have been working behind the scenes to guide the project, with help and support from a host of other volunteers and admins.

In the last three months we have:

* Migrated the existing system to new servers at the Internet Archive. (Special thanks to Jo Smallheer, who spearheaded the testing effort, working closely with Artom Lifshitz, our system administrator)
* Researched and designed a new categorization system, which we believe best suits the Librivox collection (thanks to Cori Samuel for taking that project on)
* Developed the tech foundation for a smoother backend system for project management and cataloging
* Started testing the (prototype) project management/cataloging system

In the weeks ahead we will be:

* Updating the Wiki, WordPress, and Forum Software
* Completing and rolling-out a fully functional version of the new project management/cataloging system for wider testing
* Developing and applying a new website design
* Developing the API’s for the Open Catalog improvements

Overall this year long project is, at its halfway point, currently under budget and running ahead of schedule.

Thanks again to everyone who has been working diligently to make this project happen. Special thanks to the Internet Archive, and of course the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for making this project possible.


Children Only

Posted on December 1, 2012 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 2 Comments on Children Only

It’s that time of the year again: the holidays are coming up! To ease your kid’s anxiety (and your own), try the following 10 gems from our catalog.

There is nothing worse than having to stay at school during the holidays! The boring time expected by Gerald, James and Kathleen turns into a series of adventures in The Enchanted Castle, when they find a magical ring… Read the novel by Edith Nesbit to find out more.

Heidi also has lots of places to explore when her aunt brings her to the Swiss mountain hut where she will stay with her grandfather. The story is about how the lives of both Heidi and the Alm-Öhi change with her arrival – and is beautifully told by Johanna Spyri. This book is also available in French.

While Heidi soon settles in, Dorothy will try everything to return to Kansas. To do this, she must see The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and so she starts out on the yellow brick road… Read all about Dorothy and her new found friends in our dramatic reading of L. Frank Baum’s classic for children.

How life was on a station more than 100 years ago is told by Mary Grant Bruce in A Little Bush Maid, which is set in Australia. The daily life and small adventures of Norah are interrupted by an extra enjoyable trip to see the circus…

Many people would certainly pay a lot of money to see My Father’s Dragon. The book by Ruth Stiles Gannett starts when Elmer runs away to rescue a baby dragon from Wild Island. Will he succeed? And what will they be up to next?

Were the people who invented dragons aware of dinosaurs? While they could not breathe fire, those Mighty Animals would rule the Earth for millions of years before the mammals came, an impressive feat detailed in lovely small book by Jennie Irene Mix.

Before the discovery of America, numerous Indian Tribes inhabited the lands. Alexander Charles Eastman tells about their day to day lives of boys and girls in his childhood reminiscences Indian Child Life, when he was called Ohiyesa.

Not only his, but the whole Story of Mankind is highly interesting. Hendrik van Loon explains it all: from prehistoric man to the invention of Hieroglyphs, from the great nation of the Greeks to the crusades, from the reformation to the age of Science.

Jennie Hall picks a small part of that story. Her Viking Tales from Iceland focuses on the great sagas of King Halfdan and his son Harald, and who knows where the grain of truth is hidden there…

Telling the truth is generally a good idea, but somehow, being naughty seems to be more fun. What happens to naughty children is the topic of Heinrich Hoffman’s famous Struwwelpeter: Merry Stories and Funny Pictures. We also have a recording in the original German.

Enjoy – and Happy Holidays!


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