The Studio Rhode Next Generation Library challenge is led by the Office of Library & Information Services, in conjunction with the RI Office of Innovation. It provides Rhode Island libraries an opportunity to learn about using innovative technology to provide critical and much-needed library services to their communities.
All Rhode Island libraries were invited to apply for an opportunity to build a next generation digital hub and to leverage the StudioRhode framework to address the needs of their communities. For the Challenge, applicants proposed how their library would leverage the Next Generation framework to reimagine their role as a digital community hub for multigenerational and inclusive learning. Two libraries were selected to recieve a donation of technology equipment and resources including professional services from Apple, Inc with additional funds matched by the Carnegie Foundation. Read Governor Raimondo's Press Release on the original challenge to learn more.
A second grant opportunity is available as part of the Studio Rhode Next Generation Library Challenge, seeking to engage public libraries that are reimagining the way they approach community challenges and program deliver. In this grant cycle, four awards of up to $10,000 will be available for sustainable impactful pilot projects that focus on community engagement, technology, education or key issues facing the community and apply an innovative approach.
To apply for Studio Rhode Grants, visit the Studio Rhode application page between January 2, 2018 and February 2, 2018.