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News from the front lines

So I return from Origins, a refreshed but slightly disheveled man, and am hit in the face with the fact that we’ve TWO WEEKS ’til the move. To be fair, I think we’ve done a pretty amazing job getting the packing done (there’s ALWAYS stuff to do, but we’re getting there). The goal right now is to try and get everything packed this week, so that we can just enjoy next week hanging out with friends.

In other news, still no job offers (I’ve applied to a half dozen or more in the area).

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.

3 replies on “News from the front lines”

Yeah, I feel your pain. I’ve moved twice in a month, recently, and still have no permanent job when this one is over. The one I thought I might get in Southern Jersey, yeah, I just heard that they’re hesitant to hire me because I’m too intelligent and may not relate to the students. I don’t get jobs at Cornell because I’m not qualified enough – I don’t get jobs elsewhere because I’m overqualified. Just give me the middle ground, peopel!

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