about

Jason Griffey is the founder and principal consultant at Evenly Distributed (http://evenlydistributed.net), a technology consulting firm for libraries and education. He was formerly an Associate Professor and Head of Library Information Technology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has written extensively on libraries and technology, most recently a chapter in The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: A LITA Guide. His previous book, Mobile Technology and Libraries, is a part of the award-winning Tech Set series. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2009, Griffey has written and spoken internationally on topics such as the future of technology and libraries, personal electronics in the library, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.

Griffey is the designer and director of The LibraryBox Project (librarybox.us), an open source portable digital file distribution system. He can be stalked obsessively at www.jasongriffey.net, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

4 Responses to about

  1. Carrie Steinmehl says:

    Jason,
    It was nice to see you at the ALLA convention in Huntsville last week!
    I tried to download your presentation while at the convention but didn’t have any luck. Can you either send it to me or post to your web site so I can download?
    Thanks and good luck with your new venture!
    :),
    Carrie Steinmehl
    Technology Coordinator
    Hoover Public Library

  2. Bjoern says:

    Hi Jason,

    I am trying to bring some people together around Raspberry Pi and resource sharing / offline library. Would you be happy to chat? If so, could you drop me a message via email?

    Many thanks,
    Bjoern

  3. Alan says:

    Hi Jason,

    I don’t see an email address for you, hence this public comment.

    The reason why Windows desktops are popular in public libraries is that Windows machines are incredibly cheap, easy to service, reliable, and get the job done. Without even bargain-hunting, you can get a fast desktop PC with 3-year warranty for under $600. Of over 100 desktops in our library, our failure rate has been under 2% per year. Plus, the vast majority of PCs in the world run Windows, and it’s best to expose patrons to systems they’re liable to use in real life.

    General-purpose computers are commodities. It should be a crime to waste taxpayer money to buy an upscale brand name for a commodity product.

    • griffey says:

      My email is public (you can actually google for it) but I don’t mind replying in public. :-) I assume this comment is pointed at my also-public love for Apple computers, although I imagine it could also be about my general support of increasing mobile device availability in libraries. I am well and aware of these things, having been a Windows user since the 3.1 days. I suppose my most pointed reply would be that if cost were the only concern (and you are discounting a LOT when it comes to the cost of your machines, including the need for specialized security software and the infrastructure to support and manage Microsoft products) that you should probably be buying bare systems and installing Linux for free. That would reduce the cost of the system by another 5-10% at least.

      But even with that, I don’t think I would begin to suggest that libraries should be Mac only, or that Apple OR linux devices should be the primary computing platform for the public in a library. If I were going to make such an argument, again, I would probably argue for Linux rather than Apple if we were simply making universal statements about rolling out masses of computers. Or better yet, Chromebooks for the masses, given usage patterns and web-focus.

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