Knight Foundation Names 2016 News Challenge on Libraries Winners

Knight Foundation Names 2016 News Challenge on Libraries Winners

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the fourteen winners of its 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries.

Each winner will receive a share of $1.6 million to develop a project in answer to the question: "How might libraries serve twenty-first century information needs?" The fourteen winners represent a mix of libraries, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, small for-profit startups, and museums. Five winners will receive awards ranging between $150,000 and $393,249, while the other nine will receive $35,000 each to develop their early-stage ideas.

Recipients include the Online Computer Library Center in Seattle, which was awarded $250,000 for its Improve Access to Knowledge and Empower Citizens: Amplify Libraries and Communities Through Wikipedia project; Historypin in San Francisco, which will receive $222,245 in support of its Our Story: Content, Collections and Impact in Rural America project; the Dallas Public Library, which was awarded $150,000 for Storytellers Without Borders: Activating the Next Generation of Community Journalists Through Library Engagement; the Brooklyn Public Library, which will receive $393,249 for TeleStory: Library-Based Video Visitation for Children of Incarcerated Parents; and the Foundation Center in New York City, which was awarded $300,000 in support of its interactive Visualizing Philanthropic Funding for Libraries mapping project.

Recipients of early-stage grants include Georgia State University in Atlanta (ATL Maps); Harvard University (Can I Fair Use It? Crowdsourcing Fair Use Knowledge); Pennsylvania State University (Digging DEEP: A Digital Extension Education Portal for Community Growth); the Free Library of Philadelphia (Free Library of Philadelphia Cultureshare); the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe (Indigenous Digital Archive); and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (Unlocking Film Libraries Through Discovery and Search).

"This marks the second News Challenge on Libraries for Knight Foundation," said Chris Barr, director of media innovation at the foundation. "We're glad to see that the Knight News Challenge has helped the field to think about innovation within libraries. Going forward, we plan to explore more ways to spur institutional innovation in libraries in the coming year."

For more information about the fourteen winners and their projects, see the Knight Foundation website.

"14 Projects Win 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries." John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Press Release 06/23/2016.