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Investigation Digs into Blockchain Technology Benefits for Information Centers
[December 06, 2017]

Investigation Digs into Blockchain Technology Benefits for Information Centers

SAN JOSÉ, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- San José State University Research Foundation has received a $100,000 Institute of Museum and Library Services grant (LG-98-17-0209-17) to host a national forum in summer 2018 to discuss how libraries can effectively utilize blockchain technology.

Investigated by SJSU School of Information faculty members, Sandra Hirsh and Sue Alman, the research project will examine how libraries should utilize the technology beyond housing electronic credentials.

"When walking into a library, you may find robots, makerspaces with 3D printers, collaborative areas, augmented reality apps, and access to an array of digital materials. Technology enables 21st century information professionals to broaden our impact within the community and around the world," Alman said.

For example, researchers point to a number of different possible applications, such as:

  • Support community-based collections;
  • Build an enhanced metadata system for libraries;
  • Protect Digital First Sale rights;
  • Connect to a network of libraries/universities;
  • Host digital peer-to-peer sharing;
  • Facilitate partnerships across centers/organizations;
  • Reexamine ways libraries contribute to city service.

A dedicated research project website and blog covers blockchain basics and discusses how the technology can be used to advance the role of libraries in serving global communities.

Information professionals are encouraged to participate in the Library 2.018 web conference, "Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession," on June 7, 2018. To get involved in the National Forum on Blockchain Technology, email

About the SJSU School of Information

Based in California's world-renowned Silicon Valley, the San José State University School of Information is a recognized leader in online education and offers entirely online master's degree and certificate programs. Graduates work worldwide in diverse career environments, such as user experience design, digital asset management, information architecture, electronic records management, information governance, digital preservation, and librarianship. For more information, visit

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit

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