Among those needing courtship, look particularly at the EdLinc network,
since they were the ones who successfully advocated the E-Rate which is the
big money linking k-12 and libraries, and since they are also at least one
of the more significant sources behind Internet II. They are all listed at
Surely you'll be going after funding, probably from corporate sponsors.
Besides their in-house corporate philanthropies - like the Gates Library
Foundation for a relatively new and (ironically small) example
http://www.glf.org/ - they have recently created a trade association
foundation. The trade association, the Interactive Services Association
(http://www.isa.net) has created the International Institute of
Beyond corporate sponsors and other associations, this list of Schylla and
Charibdys characters ought to include the more mainline foundations like
Benton (http://www.benton.org), Markle (http://www.markle.org), Detwiler
(http://www.detwiler.org/), George Lucas (http://glef.org/), Milkin
(http://www.mff.org/index.html), and Soros (http://www.soros.org/) and then
some little guys like Tech Access (http://www.techaccess.org/) who have new
money from Microsoft millionaires.
Finally, there are the dozens of colleges - many of whom are already
represented at the Conference - each of whom has somebody who thinks they've
invented the same idea you have. For anybody who has ever encountered the
Barons and Dukes of Edu-Hazard, that's a group I'd avoid in most dark
alleys. On the other hand, the consortia of colleges - particularly like the
Western Governors' Conference, the new California college, and the people in
North Carolina, in the US, and the Open University in Britain - may at least
neutralize some of the edge. There is also the United Nations University
(http://www.unu.edu/), which has millions of old Japanese money, and is
about as close to a university as the World Bank is to an ATM.
My strongest advice is to go carefully and scare no one, give everyone else
credit for how brilliant an idea they now want to join.