May 28, 2022

41 Semifinalists Named in Knight Foundation News Challenge: Libraries

680 submissions to the News Challenge: Libraries were reviewed by 11 advisers and today 41 semifinalists were announced.

From a Knight Foundation Blog Post:

Today, we are excited to announce that 41 projects have moved to the next stage of consideration. These semifinalists will have a week to fine tune their entries before we begin work with another set of advisers to choose the finalists.


Here are some of the themes that emerged as we reviewed the 680 entries:

  • The maker movement: Libraries are looking to create spaces and programs that enable invention and hands-on education.
  • Information literacy: From digital and data literacy, to timely training on privacy concerns, libraries can guide communities through the complex information ecosystems that shape our economy and culture.
  • Media and journalism: From media creation spaces to archives of news and media to new models for local journalism, the library and journalism fields are inherently linked through their shared values of upholding the truth and providing information.
  • Local history: Libraries are dedicated to the preservation of local knowledge; they are increasingly investigating ways to use new technology to capture and present rich information rooted in time and place.
  • Open data: Many libraries are exploring their role in the open government movement as potential repositories of data and resources for civic technologists.
  • Library without walls: From techno trucks to book bikes, library professionals are ready to put their resources on wheels and take them wherever they are needed.
  • Professional transformation: Library professionals have a deep pride in their profession and are seeking research and education opportunities to respond to change.


We encourage you to review the entries and add your comments, questions and suggestions. During the review process we will also be identifying ideas that align with our Prototype Fund, which provides people with seed funding to test and refine early stage projects.

Review and Comment on the 41 Semifinalists

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.