January 20, 2022

22 Information and Media Projects Receive Funding Support From Knight Foundation’s Protoype Fund Including Two Led by Librarians

You can find a list and descriptions of all 22 project receiving funding here.

What does each project receive?

In addition to receiving $35,000 in funding, Prototype Fund projects go through a six-month process that begins with a three-day course in human-centered design, facilitated by LUMA Institute. Building on that training to better develop their projects, the teams gather six months later for a demo day to share their discoveries and developments.

Here are a two of the 22 projects that are being led by librarians.

Collective Development by Anchorage Public Library and Code for Anchorage (Project lead: Meg Backus; Anchorage, AK.): Opening library programming up to patrons by creating a participatory platform that will allow people to propose projects, workshops or events that the library will facilitate.

Data Privacy Project by Data & Society Research Institute (Project lead: Bonnie Tijerina; New York): Making it easier for libraries to set up secure digital services and for librarians to help patrons better understand online privacy issues through a technical support network, software and documentation toolkits, and more.

Review the List of All Projects

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.