November 2008 info and
Crisis: Our main server, despite being located at a major
server farm, was badly damaged. After a couple of days of attempting
to work through people there, we made the long drive (more than
four hours) to work on it ourselves. Nine hours later we reluctantly
carried it back and continued to work for a number of days to effect
repairs, reload software, reload data files, and test. We have added
a second, on-line backup server in case something like this happens
again. We are also in process of adding a second, independent set of
servers at another location. This will ease the load on the existing
servers, and provide a much needed secondary presence on the Internet.
This will provide 100% up-time for all sites hosted at The e.Lib!
‘Silver Lining’: We have been encouraged by the
number of phone calls and emails expressing what our efforts mean to
so many of you.
Shameless Appeal: We do not receive financial support from
any organization, Anthroposophical or other. Some of you kindly sent
donations (we are a non-profit, so donations are tax-deductible).
We also sell web hosting and related services to help cover our
costs. However, our efforts are almost entirely self-funded, primarily
from retirement savings. We do not have benefits or salaries.
feel very strongly that it is important to make this available free
of charge, and every day nearly 20,000 of you use our resources,
which currently comprise more than 100,000 pages. As you may realize,
serving up such large amounts of data to so many people every day
requires much greater capacity (and expense) than your home
the ‘shameless appeal’ part: The Mission of The e.Lib,
Inc. is to make literary and other intellectual works available to
the people of the world through the Rudolf Steiner e.Lib, Fine Art
Presentations, KnowNews dot Net, two Goethean sites, and the e.Lib
itself. We believe that it is very important not to impose user fees,
knowing that many cannot afford to pay, and believing that making the
information available is paramount. But we really do need help with the
expenses. We apply for grants, try to get support from Anthroposophical
entities, but at present we have none. (By the way, while we cooperate
with the Anthroposophical Society in America and the Rudolf Steiner
Library, we do not receive any financial support from them.)
We greatly appreciate anything you can do to help,
be it tax-deductible donations, help finding grants and other
funding, or anything else. You can find more information on the
website in our
section. If you plan to make purchases through
using our link to get there will help us, too.
considering our appeal, it may help to know that this website is part
of The e.Lib, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation operating under
State of Michigan and US Federal regulations. This means that your
donations are tax-deductible, and we are not taxed on these funds. We
are permitted to conduct some for-profit, taxable business, which
also helps support this initiative.
those who have contacted us to make donations or to express
appreciation: Thank you so very much. This has been a terribly
challenging time, and our hearts are filled with gratitude.
If you know of any foundations
or organizations that might be interested in supporting our work, please
send the contact information to the
Funding and Grants Coordinator.
Our initiative includes:
- Maintaining and expanding our presence on the internet:
- Digitization of materials and presentation on the internet (click here to learn more about this process)
- Archival preservation of deteriorating materials
- Providing website hosting and related services
- Locating and applying for grants and other sources of funding
Won't you consider how much value you get
from the information presented at our websites and join these
folks in helping this initiative? As our electronic/online library grows,
so does the opportunity for you and people like you to find the information
you seek. With your help we can strengthen all of our resources and
consequently, our presentation to the world.
We are grateful for the opportunity to do our small part in making
knowledge available. Thank you all for helping us.
James D. Stewart