Hopefully you feel I'm doing a good job keeping the network going! I've added some new features to the front page, and am excited to help you continue valuable discussions there. Last night on my http://www.FutureofEducation.com interview series I interviewed the authors of 21st Century Skills, and when asked about the role of librarians, they stated what I have been saying for some time: the librarian is the best new model for teaching.
For those of you who are Teacher Librarians, I also want to make sure you're aware of the http://teacherlibrarian.ning.com/ started by Joyce Valenza, who's also doing a monthly live online show under the name "TL Cafe" at the LearnCentral.org network: http://www.learncentral.org/node/50952. If anyone here wants to participate, be sure to reach out to her, or if you want to start an online show on some other aspect of Library 2.0, let me know--I'm pretty good at helping to set those up!
On to the request. There are two things I'd like to do for the network but they will require some funding. I own the domain namehttp://www.library20.org, and I can set it up to resolve to the Ning network but it costs $4.95 a month to do so. I'd also like to get rid of the ads on the site, but that's another $24.95 a month. Is there anyone in the network who works for an organization that might like to cover these costs, say on a yearly basis, in return for some modest/thoughtful recognition on the front page? The way I've done this on another site I run is to place a small graphic for the organization saying "Supported by: ... " In these budget-tight times this may not be easy to do, but if someone is able to do so it might represent a significant improvement to the site.
Any other ideas or suggestions for the network most welcome!