Jason Griffey, 2018 Candidate for LITA Vice-President/President-Elect

Photo of Jason Griffey, taken by Cindi BylbergStatement

My primary professional concerns are the near-future risks and opportunities which come from the rise of machine learning, the continual march of job automation, and the potential that comes with decentralization technologies. LITA members are ideally situated to help lead the profession through the next decade of radical change emerging from these technologies. Should I be elected, I will work with LITA to empower members and help to educate the profession to prepare for these changes, as well as the related problematic areas of privacy and algorithmic bias. We cannot risk the cementing of power structures that disadvantage the marginalized and that reinforce existing social hegemonies. I want to help LITA members create a better future while ensuring that existing prejudice, privilege, and hate does not become embedded in the technologies of tomorrow. 

Current Position

Affiliate Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, Boston, MA

Type of Organization


Previous Positions

Founder & Director, Measure the Future and LibraryBox Projects
Head of Library Information Technology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, January 2007-July 2014
Reference & Instruction Librarian, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, June 2005 - December 2007

Degrees and Certificates

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Science in Library Science, 2004
University of Maryland-College Park, 9 credit hours toward Ph.D. in Philosophy, 2007
Ohio University, course work towards Master of Arts in Philosophy, 1995-1997
Morehead State University, Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy/Biology, 1995

Division Affiliations


Round Table Affiliations

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT)

Were/are you a Spectrum Scholar?


Were/are you an Emerging Leader?


ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities

Reader/Reviewer, Office of Information Technology Policy, American Library Association, 2010   
ALA Member 2002-Present
ACRL Member 2002-2013 
LITA Member 2005-present
Chair, 2018 LITA Forum Program Planning Committee, 2017-2018
Chair, Bylaws & Organization Committee, 2013-2015 
Parliamentarian & Board Member 2013-2015
LITA Board Director at Large, 2010-2013
Chair, LITA Program Planning Committee, 2008-2010
LITA Change Task Force, 2009-2010
LITA Forum 2010 Planning Committee
LITA Program Process Systems Task Force, 2009
LITA Online Programming Task Force, 2009-2010
LITA Forum 2009 Planning Committee
LITACamp Task Force, 2007-2009
Co-Chair, BIGWIG Interest Group, 2007-2009
Vice-Chair, Blogging and Wiki Interest Group (BIGWIG), 2006
Administrator and Moderator, LITABlog 2005-2014
Blogging and Wiki Interest Group (BIGWIG) – founding member

Offices Held in State, Regional, and Other Library Associations

National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Education Committee, member. 2012-2014
Library Renewal (national non-profit), Board Member. 2010-2014
San Jose State University School of Library & Information Science Technology Committee Member. 2010-2016

Honors and Awards

IMLS Grant LG-98-17-0209-17, San Jose State University Research Foundation Blockchain National Forum grant Advisory Board member, September 2017.
Make the Things that Measure the Future: Libraries & Open Hardware.” Knight Foundation News Challenge winner. Knight Foundation, Miami, Florida. January 2015.
LibraryBox.” Knight Foundation Prototype Grant. Knight Foundation, Miami, Florida. April 2014.
ALA Annual 2010 Battledecks Champion, American Library Association Annual Conference, June 28, 2010.
ACRL Immersion Scholarship, IIL Executive Committee, 2006
Carolina Academic Library Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2002-2004

Major Accomplishments

I am proud of all of my work in libraries, from leading the first library ILS project to put data into OCLC’s WorldShare system to being a recipient of a Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries grant. At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, I led the technology planning for a brand new academic library, and was on the core design team from the very beginning of a 48 million dollar and nearly 7 year process. That was definitely a once-in-a-career experience, and led to an amazing new space and services for the students at UTC. 
I’ve worked to educate and inform librarians everywhere through publications and presentations, including multiple books and Library Technology Reports, webinars for ALA Techsource and other providers, and dozens of workshops and presentations on the future of technology. My educational efforts taken as a whole are something of which I am very proud.
For a complete list of my accomplishments, please take a look at my CV.


"Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design." Library Technology Reports, ALA Techsource. Forthcoming Winter 2018

"Mobile Technology and Libraries." Volume 2 of The Tech Set, Neal Schuman Publishers, 2010. ISBN: 9781555707118

“The Case for Open Hardware in Libraries”. The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: A LITA Guide. Book Chapter. ALA Techsource, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1228-7

Links to Further Information

Number of Years as an ALA Member



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