May 20, 2022

New Journal Article: “Of Modems and Pixie Dust – Blockchain Demystified”

The following peer-reviewed article was published online earlier today.


Of Modems and Pixie Dust – Blockchain Demystified


Martin Hamilton


32(1) (2019)
DOI: 10.1629/uksg.447


We often hear from enthusiasts about the revolutionary potential of blockchain, the technology that underlies the Bitcoin virtual currency. But what can we really do with blockchain, and what possible perils and pitfalls exist? In this article I will look at a few potential blockchain use cases that are relevant to libraries and librarians, and clear up some blockchain myths and misconceptions. 

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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.