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StudioRhode: Next Generation Library Challenge

On January 23, 2017, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced the StudioRhode Next Generation Library Challenge. The Challenge is led by the Rhode Island Office of Innovation in partnership with the Office of Library & Information Services. It provides all Rhode Island libraries an opportunity to learn about using innovative technology to provide critical and much needed library services to their community.

All Rhode Island public libraries are 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 community. For the Challenge, applicants will need to propose how their library will leverage the Next Generation framework to reimagine their role as a digital community hub for multigenerational and inclusive learning. One library will be selected to receive a donation of technology equipment and resources including professional services from Apple Inc. Partnerships among libraries or other community based organizations are encouraged.

A Next Generation Library workshop will be offered on February 6th at the Warwick Public Library. Attendance at the workshop is strongly encouraged for public libraries that intend to participate in the challenge but is open for all libraries to attend. In addition to the introduction of the StudioRhode Challenge, attendees will learn about new tools, strategies, collaborative design, and more that will help them transform library services and better support an increasing digital world.

To Participate

Applying for the Challenge is a multi-part process. Any public library interested in answering the Challenge should attend the StudioRhode Workshop. Libraries interested in applying to the Challenge are invited to submit an initial (Stage One) application outlining their proposal for the Challenge. Applicants will be chosen from this pool to submit a full (Stage Two) application. Libraries should review the full application overview before preparing their application.


  • January 23, Application period opens
  • February 6, Workshop for potential applicants and others interested in learning about Next Generation library tools and techniques
  • February 17, Stage One Application due to Office of Innovation
  • February 24, Notification of libraries who are selected to submit a full proposal
  • March 10, Stage Two Application due to Office of Innovation
  • Week of March 13, StudioRhode location announced
  • March-mid May, Program development period
  • May/June, Program starts
  • August 31, StudioRhode project completion
  • September 30, Final report due, plan for library full time ownership

About the Challenge

Contact Information

Please direct inquiries regarding StudioRhode to:

Chaichin Chen
Resource Sharing Coordinator
Office of Library & Information Services
One Capital Hill
Providence, RI 02908

Karen Mellor
Chief of Library Services
Office of Library and Information Services
One Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908