Jason Griffey

Name: 

Jason Griffey

Title: 

Librarian, Technologist, Founder

Employer: 

Evenly Distributed

Degree: 

MSLS

Graduation year: 

2004

Jason Griffey (MSLS'04) is a librarian, technologist, and founder/principal at Evenly Distributed LLC, which provides consultation to libraries in need of expertise in strategic technology planning and building projects. He is also a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Since graduating from SILS, Griffey’s career path has kept him on the forefront of new and innovative processes to help libraries and their patrons.  He was selected by the Library Journal in 2009 for the "Trendspotters" category in its "Movers & Shakers" issue. In 2012, Griffey initiated an open-source project called LibraryBox, a "portable digital file distribution tool" designed to connect locations with limited Internet connectivity with digital information. He received a Foundation Prototype grant from the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation in April 2014 to help further develop and expand the geographic distribution of LibraryBox. 

Griffey was one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries grant in January 2015 to help launch the Measure the Future Project, which is developing open source code and hardware that will provide actionable statistics about the use of the physical spaces in the library.

Prior to founding Evenly Distributed, Griffey was an associate professor and chief digital strategist for the library at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He served as the primary lead on technology planning for the University's new $48-million, 180,000-square-foot academic library. He has written two books and contributed to numerous publications on the topic of library technology.

Griffey said earning his MSLS at SILS gave him the latitude to explore a wide range of subjects, while ensuring he developed a strong grasp of library science fundamentals.  

“The importance of a breadth of education is so key in the current library climate, as it allows librarians to be agile in their response to the changes in the profession,” he said. “A good understanding of the theory, a grounding in technology, and experience in one of the amazing libraries on campus, and I had a great baseline from which to grow the rest of my career.”

Libraries or groups interested in consultation or speaking engagements with Griffey should contact him through his Web site http://evenlydistributed.net. You can also follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/griffey.