Thursday, July 16, 2015

Knight News Challenge 2016 For Libraries

Last September the Knight Foundation launched a News Challenge for libraries. The question the challenge posed for librarians to answer was: "How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?" There were 22 ideas that shared $3 million to put towards their ideas and make them a reality.

Knight Foundation Logo
Knight Foundation Logo
The Knight Foundation announced last week an upcoming News Challenge in 2016 to focus on library innovation. They are asking for outside help to shape the future needs and opportunities for libraries, and to submit thoughts and suggestions on Twitter using the hashtag #newschallenge. These suggestions are due by August 1.

The following are some questions the Knight Foundation shared to get others started on the future of libraries:

  1. What new ways could libraries connect to outside partners, institutions or audiences?
  2. How should libraries prioritize their resources?
  3. What amazing things happening in libraries should be amplified?
  4. Whose work in libraries should Knight Foundation know about?
  5. What will libraries look like in 10, 20 or 50 years?
  6. What challenges does your library face adapting to the digital age?
The specific question for the challenge will be announced in early 2016, and the open call for ideas will be in March 2016.

Start thinking about the future of libraries and share your ideas with the hashtag #newschallenge! We will provide updates to this challenge as they come in. 

Written By:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team