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Authors: Janes,Joseph,

Title: Not-for-profit service organizations and economic viability on the Internet

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Year: 1996 Volume: NULL Issue: NULL

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There are many kinds of not-for-profit service organizations: schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums, charities, organizations specific to religious, cultural, or social groups, and so on. These are typically funded and supported by taxes, gifts, donations and other philanthropy, membership fees, foundation or corporate grants, and, in some cases, sales of products or services. They serve groups at many levels: local, regional, national, and even international.
The Internet is a rapidly growing, highly dynamic environment, with a global population of several million. Although the majority of these people are highly educated and financially well-off, located mainly in North America, the diversity of its users grows with its overall population. Many of the kinds of entities described above exist in the networked environment, but these are usually sites maintained by organizations that originated elsewhere and have developed presences on the Internet as analogues to their other services. This raises an intriguing question: can a not-for-profit institution developed within the Internet and whose sole base of interest is on the Internet become economically self-sustaining?
This paper will explore, as a case study, the plans and discussions of the Internet Public Library (IPL) (http://www.ipl.org/) regarding its continuing economic viability and self-sustainability. The IPL was founded in 1995 to be a public library of and for the Internet community and to explore and promote the roles of librarians and librarianship on the Internet. It provides reference services and exhibits as well as services for children, teenagers, and practicing librarians via its Web site and MOO. Recently, it has been planning strategies by which the Library can become self-sustaining over the next few years, with some initial support from foundations and other sources.



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Retrieved Date:January 1, 1970

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Book Title: Internet Society Annual Conference: INET ’96

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