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Five Things

A bit late to the party, but Iris tagged me, so here they are:

Five things you probably don’t know about me

  1. I was once so ill as a child that my parents were told by doctors that I was going to die. I got better.
  2. I have held many really interesting jobs, including: pathogenic microbiology technician, Cave guide at a KY State Park, and Assistant web designer way back in 1996.
  3. I can juggle flaming torches…3 of them, but at one point could do 5.
  4. I love professional wrestling, especially Lucha Libre and Puroresu. There’s a mythology there that’s missing in our time.
  5. I’m incapable of being grossed out…blood, guts, gore, nothing really gets to me. This is true for both movies and real life. I’ve performed first aid on a motorcycle slide victim (missing most of the skin on his left side), been the first responder to a traffic fatality, and examined a medical cadaver. I don’t have a problem with vasovagal syncope.

Not sure if any of them will take me up on it, but I’ll tag Justin, Jason, and Eprahs.

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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