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Does anyone else see the disconnect between having a physical message board at Computers in Libraries?

People still leave notes? Really?

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 “Disconnect”

If its anything like my Learning & Technology conferences, there are just enough people there who are usually slightly older and being gently pushed toward technology instead of willing running towards it. Those who need the gentle push don’t necessarily have the confidence yet to use the electronic tools. A physical message board is probably like comfort food for those folks.

Actually, there were very few real notes. There were several lost and found items and lots about dine-arounds. One person, I think, left a note because he/she had forgotten to bring the cell phone and so couldn’t call another attendee.

Personally, I find these boards being used less and less for real person-to-person messages, and more for group messages. Will they ever go away? Likely not totally.

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