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ARL Libraries Win Knight News Challenge Grants to Test Ideas

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Three Association of Research Libraries (ARL) members are among the fourteen winners of the 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries. Each winner will receive a share of $1.6 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to develop their project to answer the question, “How might libraries serve 21st-century information needs?”

This second Knight News Challenge on Libraries generated more than 600 proposals. The winners are a mix of libraries, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, small for-profit start-ups, and museums. Five of the winners will receive awards ranging from $150,000 to $393,249. The other nine projects will receive $35,000 each to test their early-stage ideas.

The following three projects at ARL libraries are receiving Knight News Challenge grants of $35,000 each this year to test their ideas:

Can I Fair Use It? Crowdsourcing Fair Use Knowledge
Harvard University
Project leads: Kyle K. Courtney and Jack Cushman
Enabling people to share information on questions of copyright and fair use by exploring existing gaps and opportunities, and testing a new approach for libraries to connect patrons with subject experts

Digging DEEP: A Digital Extension Education Portal for Community Growth
Pennsylvania State University
Project leads: Rebecca Kate Miller, Lauren Reiter, and Maria Kenney Burchill
Connecting academic libraries to local community needs by developing a portal for information, research, resources, and sharing

Future-proofing Civic Data
Temple University
Project lead: Joe Lucia
Exploring ways libraries can support preservation and long-term access to open civic data through community information portals such as OpenDataPhilly

For the complete list of this year’s winners, see the June 23, 2016, Knight Blog post, “14 projects win 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries.”