Digital Culture


I haven’t said much about the tragedy in the Pacific, but largely that’s because I have been spared the majority of the coverage. We were very much out of contact with media when it happened, and we’ve been under 7 year old media supervision since then, so we’ve not really kept caught up on the events as they unfolded. Most of my news has come from 30 second glances at BoingBoing’s coverage.

But I know that this is terrible, and I know that much, much money is needed to get any sort of assistance that can possibly help the people that are still alive. I’ve decided to go with the Paypal link to Americares that Kevin McDonald set up on his blog WritersCafe. Why? Mainly because Americares seems to be a solid charity donating medical supplies, and they appear to be not religiously affiliated. I’m a humanist to the bone, so that does make some kind of difference to me.

But no matter the reasons: go donate something. Even $5 will up your karma, and we all know you need it.

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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