January 18, 2022

Jason Griffey’s “Decentralization & Blockchain: Possibilities & Problematizations for Libraries” Lecture Now Available Online

On February 21, 2018 Jason Griffey (Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University and Founder & Principal, Evenly Distributed LLC) delivered the Gloriana St. Clair Distinguished Lecture In 21st Century Librarianship at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.

The talk is titled, “Decentralization & Blockchain: Possibilities & Problematizations for Libraries” and runs 65 minutes.

About the Talk (via CMU Qatar):

The hype cycle for the technology known as Blockchain has reached a fever pitch, but it remains misunderstood by many. What is blockchain? What value could it bring to information management and library services? And, why should information professionals be interested? Jason Griffey will discuss the potentials and pitfalls of blockchain, focusing on its ability to decentralize and upend a number of assumptions about the way digital goods and services are implemented. He will also look at the problems of blockchain technologies; give some guidelines on separating hype from reality; and talk through what libraries should be watching for – and helping to build – over the next several years.

A video recording of Jason’s presentation is available here and is also embedded below.

Direct to Event Website and Griffey’s Complete Bio

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.