says the Internet Archive director of books Robert Miller. (Apparently,
Miller didn't have the same issues with Craigslist as a San Francisco
women's nonprofit, which recently burned a check from the online classified giant.)The bad news is that the temporary funding -- the amount of which Miller wouldn't
disclose -- will only pay the employees for a maximum of 90 days. Miller and other employers are hopeful Congress will vote to renew the program by then.
Miller is what you could call a Jobs Now! proselytizer. He says the Jobs Now! program has been a "game-changer" for the
nonprofit dedicated to making every book ever published available online
for free. The Jobs Now! program (yes, editorial integrity requires us
keep putting that exclamation point there!) has allowed him to grow his
10-employee nonprofit to a 145-worker venture. They've moved from a
small building in the Presidio to a 20,000 square-foot former Christian
Science church in the Richmond. They've gotten so much scanning done,
that the archive hit the million book-mark just last week!!! (We're thinking that deserves three exclamation points.)
"This is not a handout but a hand-up program," Miller says. "If we let
them go, they go back on unemployment and then their confidence goes
down, and there's no discretionary spending. When you have a job, you
have confidence, you can pay your bills and taxes and have confidence in
the economy With over two-thirds of the GDP being driven by consumer
spending, that's a much more efficient way of stimulating the economy
than with a tax credit."
Miller says he "unfortunately," had to let one Jobs Now! employee go
this week, because the temporary foundation funding wouldn't cover her position. As
for everyone else, they'll be celebrating their million-book
benchmark this week with a celebration. Miller says the details are
"still under wraps," but we're envisioning the scanning of a large cake.