The challenge is on: How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities? October 16, 2014 – Posted in: bookmobiles, Books and Technology, Content, Libraries, public libraries – Tags: ,

knight foundation bookmobile kitchen

The Good Food and Bookmobile This project will take a traditional bookmobile and add kitchen components to bring core community services to people in rural areas, building community, increasing community capacity, and ensuring access for all.

The mission of the Knight Foundation is simple: To support “transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.”

One way they do this is to pose a challenge to the community at large, sift through the responses and then fund the winners.

The latest challenge is:

How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?

680 responses have been submitted and the challenge is currently in its feedback phase.

“During this phase, we review every entry we received, with the help of a team of outside readers. We also invite the public to look through submissions and offer feedback, ideas, and questions.” Then the refinement period kicks in followed by the evaluation period which leads us to January 30, 2015 when the winners will be announced and the $2.5 million will be distributed!

The submissions are as varied as the patrons that populate our public libraries.

Here is just a taste:

knight foundation library map

The Library Map application: a digital tool to promote physical library use and uncover hidden resources in the library landscape in New York City.

knight foundation pop up digital library

A pop-up digital media literacy lab provides access and training in digital media within underserved communities, connects neighborhoods to libraries and municipal services, and engages residents in collective storytelling across Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

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3rd Space: Knowledge, Portals and People in a Real-Time University-Public Library Network. Create an interactive broadcast system for librarians to curate and engage the public using university transmediated knowledge.

knight foundation library card

LIBRARY CARD: Check out a periodical–Turn in a connection Inspired by the nostalgia of old-school library cards that captured the history of a periodical’s use, this digital platform would allow one who checked out a periodical to connect with others who previously checked out that same periodical.

knight foundation library your next skill

Your Next Skill: strengthening the community through a personalized service delivered by public librarians to help people acquire new knowledge and skills tailored to their individual goals and learning styles.

knight foundation F.L.O.W.

Feminist Library On Wheels (F.L.O.W.) Donated feminist texts, artifacts and ephemera on loan for free in Los Angeles through a network of volunteers riding bicycles and industrial tricycles with shelves and storage.

I can go on and on.

Go get lost in the possibilities 

What a great project!

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