Blockchain technology is a trend on the brink of revolutionizing the public and private sectors. There have been conferences, books, white papers, start-ups, and numerous back-channel discussions on ways blockchain technology can address seemingly endless processes. This panel presentation will include the principle investigators of the IMLS-funded investigation on the feasibility of blockchain technologies for the information professions, and key technology experts involved in blockchain applications. Join Sandy Hirsh and Sue Alman (SJSU iSchool), Bohyun Kim (LITA President), Jason Griffey (Evenly Distributed), and John Bracken (DPLA) as they present some of the many possible library blockchain applications that were identified during the two-year investigation.
The major recommendations for moving forward are to educate the public and information professionals about what blockchain is, create opportunities for people to experiment with blockchain, and work with other interested parties to pilot/sandbox one or more blockchain uses cases for libraries.
ALA Unit/Subunit: LITA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.