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Get your Jimi

Jimi Wallet

While it looks like the Jimi has been around awhile (I’ve found articles in Treehugger and Gizmodo going back to 2004), it only popped onto my radar over the last few weeks. Several years ago, I decided that carrying a wallet was really stupid. I mean, a huge hunk of cowhide in my back pocket only made sitting uncomfortable, and it seemed to accumulate crap faster than I could clean it out.

My initial solution, which worked for a long time, was to use a leather business card holder as a front-pocket wallet. It held maybe 6-10 credit-card sized objects, and had just enough room for folded bills. The problem was, it too accumulated stuff (receipts, extra business card here and there) and over time it has stretched just enough so that unless it’s full, things now fall out of it when it’s opened.

Then I saw the Jimi. I bought a Jimi. And after spending a week with it, I’m completely sold. Jimi only holds (and when I say only, I mean only) 5 cards and 3 folded bills. That’s it. If you believe you need more than that on a daily basis, Jimi isn’t for you. But it perfectly deals with my: Driver’s License, Medical Card, faculty ID, RFID key, and debit card. That’s all I think I need for day to day processes. For all the stuff that I need once every 6 months (Costco card, Sam’s Club card, whatever) that will go in my old wallet, and into the glove compartment of my car.

If anyone out there is looking for a simpler way to handle wallet duties, the Jimi might just work.

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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