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----------------------------- Date: Mon, 3 Jun 1996 15:20:20 -0500 From: "H-War Moderator Mark P. Parillo" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: REPLY: H-Net's Future Date: Mon, 03 Jun 1996 14:55:29 -0600 (CST) From: "Richard Jensen, H-Net Director" Will H-Net survive if NEH is killed or radically cut back. Yes. H-Net has indeed broadened its base financially well beyond NEH. We get most of our operating costs now from Michigan State University. (This $ goes to the mechanics of handling scores of lists with 40,000+ subscribers, plus setting up lots of www pages.) We get also financial support from ten other universities and foundations in the US, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia. --NEH remains very important because it is our best support for new ideas and new plans. --Note that the unpaid volunteer time of 200+ editors is the foundation of H-Net activity. They put in about 100,000 hours a year because they love the work. (In three years, only 10 have dropped out of H-Net.) --Should subscribers pay for their H-Net lists? Personally I think that it will be inevitable eventually. But for now the consensus of the people who run H-Net (that is, the 200 editors) is that we should maximize our audience first. For many academics, we are the first point of contact with the e-world. That is, most of our new subscribers don't know what they are getting into. :) If they had to pay-first-to-see, probably they wouldn't sign up. --The biggest problem we have is shortage of volunteers. Anyone who wants to help--from grad student to senior professor--we have interesting work that needs doing. (The only technical requirement is ability to use email.) Richard Jensen H-Net Executive Director Richard.Jensen@uic.edu