Baltimore, MD – June 21, 2019 – The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the appointment of Jason Griffey as the Director of Strategic Initiatives on the NISO staff. Griffey brings to NISO over 15 years of experience in libraries and community leadership, as well as a broad understanding of emerging technologies. This new position was created to support the forthcoming merger between NISO and the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) that was announced earlier this spring. Griffey will be responsible for organizing an annual conference and thought leadership meetings, and for building initiatives based on those convenings.
For the last 5 years, Griffey has run Evenly Distributed, a consulting firm that works with libraries–both nationally and internationally–on education and strategic planning related to cutting-edge technologies. He is widely recognized as an expert in the areas of artificial intelligence, blockchain, privacy, and other library-related technology issues. Griffey has written and presented 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 both published in 2018. Griffey spent three years as a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University before spending one year working with the metaLAB at Harvard. He has served both as Director-at-Large and as Parliamentarian on the Board of the Library Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association. Griffey is a graduate of Morehead State University and holds an MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"Jason brings a tremendous amount of library, technology, and convening expertise to the NISO community," said Todd Carpenter, NISO's Executive Director. He continued, "We have high expectations for his leadership and the contributions he will make to advancing community initiatives that will improve interoperability and exchange of content for libraries, publishers and software providers."
"I am thrilled to be joining the NISO team, especially in such an exciting time of change. New technologies will accelerate changes in the information ecosystem and economy over the next five to ten years. These changes will be driven by AI systems, new information sharing and consumption modalities, and the emergence of decentralized networks. One commonality in all of these changes is that they will operate more effectively with strong collaborative standards underlying them, and I'm excited to be in a position to help lead those developments." said Griffey.
NISO fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries, publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of an information standard. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). More information about NISO is available on its website: http://www.niso.org.