Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed, and leads ongoing projects such as NISO’s participation in the Coalition for Seamless Access. He is also the Director of the NISO Plus Conference.
Prior to joining NISO, he was the founder and principal at Evenly Distributed (http://evenlydistributed.net), a technology consulting and creation firm for libraries, museums, education, and other non-profits. Griffey was also an Affiliate at MetaLab at Harvard, an idea foundry, knowledge-design lab, and production studio experimenting in the networked arts and humanities. He is a former Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he studied hyperlocal micronetworks such as his LibraryBox Project and worked on technologies that provide open and robust access to information for the future, such as blockchain and other decentralization technologies. Griffey was formerly an Associate Professor and Head of Library Information Technology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Griffey has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design for ALA. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2009, Griffey has formally revoked that award in protest of the Library of the Year award given by LJ in 2020.
Griffey has written and spoken internationally on topics such as the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. In 2018, Griffey delivered the Gloriana St. Clair Distinguished Lecture in 21st Century Librarianship for the Carnegie Mellon campus in Education City, Qatar. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (http://measurethefuture.net), an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces.
Griffey is the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (http://librarybox.us), an open source portable digital file distribution system. He can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.