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What do I need to know?

I call upon the wisdom of crowds: I will be moving into my new Head of Library Information Technology position in the new year. What information sources must I now attach myself to in order to fully embrace and excel at this job? I’m thinking:

  • Listservs?
  • Conferences?
  • Blogs?
  • Publications?

Lay the world of Info Tech management on me, and tell me where I should be participating and consuming!

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.

2 replies on “What do I need to know?”

Congratulations, dog!

As a IT veteran now, and having been in “management” myself, let me say that if you find a book called “Let the Geeks Do Their Jobs”, you should read that. That isn’t to say that you can’t get your hands dirty pulling cable or whatever, but if the folks working for you say something is broken, trust their judgment. If you do so, as much as possible, you will get many high-fives and maybe a free slice of pizza.

Other than that, those Ziff-Davis trade rags may not be the best prose, but you can still get some ideas from them and their reviews usually are decent.

archives: archives[@]
Interesting people:
uwebd: uwebd[@]

That should get you started. between those you will have the coverage of just about 60% of lots of interesting things and enough stuff to keep you scared some of the time.

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