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It's late, and I should be working on my bibliography for my assignment due tomorrow in INLS 180. Instead, I'm going to blog about Jean's post about being excited about technology. Here are the moments when I remember being wow'd by technology in some way:

1. In 1993, when a friend and I figured out how to get Mosiac running on the university system at Morehead State University. It involved a lot of kludging with setup in UNIX, and we weren't even sure why we were bothering until we saw our first webpage with images. Then we understood.

2. In 1991, when I started at Morehead, and got my first email account on Bitnet. I had to send mail through a gateway to get to other systems (like the Internet). It was still amazing.

3. In 1992 or so, when I discovered Usenet, and the amazing things that you can find out if you have the capability of asking several million people all at once.

4. In 1997 or '98, when we managed to get DSL in our apartment. Like Einstein told us, things really ARE different at high speeds.

5. When I came to SILS in 2002 and discovered 802.11b. It took me a week to see it in action, and immediately run out and buy a wireless router. When you combine speed with ubiquity, it's like having your own personal god on the couch with you answering your every desire.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. 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 (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason 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.

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